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System Expansion and Genie Limitations

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by dueport, Jun 29, 2013.

  1. dueport

    dueport Mentor

    Dec 2, 2009
    I need to add 4 TVs to my existing system of 4 HR24s connected to a Slimline 5 dish by a single cable feeding a SWM8 splitter.

    Ideally, I'd like to have 1 HR44 powering all 7 other TVs - however, I understand that the HR44 is limited to supporting 3 other TVs at the same time and 5 other TVs total. Could you please confirm that these limitations are correct?

    If so, it is a shame that the Genie is limited in this way because I would like to be managing 1 single recording list rather than 8 seperate ones - and I like the power savings of swapping a DVR with a lower power RVU client. It is too bad they won't allow two Genies on an account because that could be one solution - that way I'd be dealing with 2 recordings lists rather than 8. I suppose I could use the Genie and RVUs for just the additional 4 TVs but it really would be nice to have 1 Genie running everything.

    Either way, with my current setup, I'm at the maximium tuner limit so I think I'll need to drop 3 more coax cables from the dish (I can do this at the same time I install a dish heater this summer) and feed those into a new SWM16 to support the additional TVs. Does this plan make sense or can you think of a better way to do this?
  2. trh

    trh This Space for Sale

    Nov 2, 2007
    NE FL
    Since you already have the HR24s, I'd keep those and add one Genie and three mini clients. With MRV you can see and watch all recorded shows but you can only set up recordings at the local DVR or via a DirecTV app. Having multiple DVRs IMHO is better than only one DVR in case of a failure.

    You're also going to have to swap out your LNB when you go over eight tuners.
  3. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    It is three at a time, and a client watching live or in the buffer takes a tuner from the genie.

    You could use regular receivers. Biggest loss, especially if you got H25s is pausing/rewinding live.
  4. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    I agree with trh, keep the HR24's and add the Genie and 3 clients. You can schedule recordings from any TV - the HR24's will record locally and the cleints will record on the Genie, but all recordings will be viewable at all locations on a single integrated play list. This also lets you keep existing recordings on your HR24's, and results in the ability to pause/rewind live viewing at all locations.
  5. kaminar

    kaminar Mentor

    Mar 25, 2012
    I 2nd (3rd?) these recommendations. Correct on the SWiM16 to replace the SWiM8 with additional cabling required. The Genie/HR34/HR44 can add up to 8 clients (Genie Minis), but concurrent connections limited to 3 (good news is side-by-side PIP at the Genie/HR34/HR44 tv). Keep in mind the HR44 is currently available in limited areas, and since the Genie model name is used when placing an order, the model # is not guaranteed. You may get a HR34 instead. Just FYI.

    Good luck!

  6. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

    Jan 10, 2008
    really would be nice to have 1 Genie running everything.

    Why put all of your eggs in one basket, so to speak. If this was the case, if the Genie breaks (it will) you will be without TV until it gets fix or replaced
  7. CCarncross

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2005
    Lets face it, all dvrs will eventually break. Having more than 2TB of recordings in one place is about my limit for what I'm willing to lose at one time. Its a fine balance you have to decide on.
  8. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

    Jan 10, 2008
    Lets face it, all dvrs will eventually break.

    Exactly. about 3000 DVRs breaks everyday, one day, yours (and mine) will be one of them

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