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The Manual Cometh

Discussion in 'DIRECTV - HR21 Discussion (private)' started by Tom Robertson, Aug 21, 2007.

  1. syphix

    syphix Hall Of Fame

    Jun 23, 2004
    They must have updated it already...unless I'm remembering things wrong (I'm at work and don't have the physical copy on me), the FedEx'd copy I received yesterday DID say "sold separately" next to the HDMI description on page 7.
  2. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    Got my manual this morning via FedEx.

    I'll be taking it to work to read over in my "spare time". :)
  3. Spanky_Partain

    Spanky_Partain Active Member

    Dec 7, 2006
    I found this a little odd sounding using the word network... page 72

    1) Connect the DIRECTV Plus HD DVR to the Satellite Dish via SWM (Single Wire Multiswitch).
    Depending on the type of network connection you are using, you may have to connect the RG-6
    RF coaxial cable from your SWM to the jack labeled SATELLITE IN on the back of the DIRECTV
    Plus HD DVR. Some systems may instead make this connection to a cable entry point in
    your house. Your DIRECTV installer will make the appropriate connection.

    I was also surprised there was nothing in here about the RJ45 network connection(s) and how to use them.
  4. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    A little OT but...

    Spanky, isn't it about time you updated your tagline to "There's no place like ::1"? :D
  5. say-what

    say-what Active Member

    Dec 14, 2006
    New Orleans
    Yeah, I just got my manual and checked, the printed version does not say the HRMI is included on page 4 and states "sold separately" on page 7.

    So, is the pdf is the most recent update that will ship?
  6. PoitNarf

    PoitNarf New Member

    Aug 19, 2006
    Is that a SNMP reference? I don't regard SNMP as "simple" as it's acronym implies :lol:
  7. packfan909

    packfan909 Icon

    Oct 6, 2006
    I believe that SWM is a type of network. The SWM is like a router that sends multiple channels of signal to a specific address that the receiver connects via.

    Speaking of SWM, there is inconsistancy in defining SWM in the manual. Page 83 refers to SWM properly as the Single Wire Multiswitch under the Making Basic Connections section. On page 17, in the DirecTV Plus HD DVR Rear Panel section in #1 Satellite In mentions SWM as the Single Wire Module. Not sure if there are other references to SWM in the manual.


    EDIT: The page numbers are references to the PDF pages, not the actual page numbers. Just noticed that they are different. Page 17 PDF = Page 6 Hard Copy ; Page 83 PDF = Page 72 Hard Copy
  8. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    I view the SWM devices as more of a mux - a multiplexer, which has the capacity to consume more than one signal and combine them in a single path and then separate them back out to their individual signals on the other end.

    Having done some "beta" use of multiplexers 20 years ago (no snickers) in what was at the time "state of the art", the basic plumbing of a SWM reminds me alot of this same functionality, especially when you factor in the ability to add OTA and sat dish signals through one "pipe" to the DVR's multiple inputs.

    With today's technology (MPEG4 in particular), the SWM is actually quite an impressive device. D*TV was smart to do this R&D, as it will clearly encourage one or more DVR's now in any home location, without the limitation to a single cable/signal connection (only) in a room.
  9. packfan909

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    Oct 6, 2006

    In either case, SWM is great technology that even in dwellings with ample cable runs for DVRs is useful.

    I have used the second run to my DVR to run my Sirius Radio Signal from the outside. I have OTA and SWM running together and have had little to no problems. The only issue I face is that I have the signal split to three receivers and the OTA signal has faded. I just need a pre-amp right after the antenna to resolve this. Just have not taken that next step. The lowest channel I have is around 50 on the loss meter. Still a great signal.

    Back to topic...

  10. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    Most likely if you've received the printed manual, then they've already done the first press run for the whole first shipment of HR21s. While it's possible that it was done on a digital press (if I had a manual in hand, I'd be able to tell ya), it most likely wasn't. Any corrections that are on the PDF but not on the printed sample will have to wait for the next press run.
  11. mhayes70

    mhayes70 New Member

    Mar 21, 2006
    I just got my manual via FedEx.
  12. Groundhog45

    Groundhog45 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 9, 2005
    Cedar Park,...
    Yeah, FedEx dropped mine off at about 10:20. I'll read it this afternoon.
  13. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Yup....FedEx just left me my reading assignment for today as well.

    I like how clean this manual is, both in terms of the use of front and back color graphics, as well as "friendly" size.

    Based on a quick look...it would appear that VOD will be accessed via a MyPlaylist subtab, just like Showcases.
  14. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    Nope, IPv6.

    IPv4 is so "yesterday". :D
  15. tfederov

    tfederov Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    Nothing today.... not complaining, just making folks aware in case these are "top secret" and are being tracked from the mothership.
  16. Jeremy W

    Jeremy W Hall Of Fame

    Jun 19, 2006
    I got mine today, haven't had a chance to look through it yet.
  17. houskamp

    houskamp Active Member

    Sep 14, 2006
  18. Vinny

    Vinny New Member

    Sep 1, 2006
    Long Island, NY
    I got it.....it was FedEx and I didnt get to read it.....did notice seeing MyVOD on the diagram of the remote.

    Will look at it more tomorrow.
  19. sbl

    sbl Icon DBSTalk Club

    Jul 21, 2007
    Found a "bug" in the manual. On the page where it's describing Dolby Digital audio, towards the back (I don't have it in front of me so I don't have the page number), it says that you get Dolby Digital through HDMI or the optical audio connection only, where it should add the coaxial audio connection as well.

    I was intrigued to see the note that the Ethernet jacks also supply 5V power (for "Power over Ethernet", I presume.)
  20. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Its on Page 30 - no reference to the coax outputs - you are correct.

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