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Upgrade tomorrow.. New hd DVR, whole home... List?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by su_A_ve, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. su_A_ve

    su_A_ve Legend

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    Currently have a 5 lnb dish replaced a few months ago. I have an HR20-100 which stays and replacing an old SD DVR with a new hd DVR.

    The hr20 currently has ethernet to it. I can easily run Ethernet to the other one but I believe I shouldn't need it with deca built in, right?

    Getting whole home install and cinema connection kit.

    Since I dont have swm I assume a new dish or would they replace the existing switch with a swim?

    Then, having Ethernet ready and a gig network, I don't need a wireless kit, but wonder if that is what they would send?

    I've had my share ef newbie installers - ended up doing most of the wiring while they would put the dish up. So want to make sure they don't just cut corners.

    Goal here is to be able to stream between the two dvrs... Tia.
     
  2. RobertE

    RobertE New Member

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    LNB will get swapped for swm version.
    A splitter will be placed some where along with a power supply.
    A wired CCK will be placed somwhere where there is an ethernet connection. In your case, one of the 2 lines currently going to your HR20 would be used. At least thats what I'd do.

    Pretty straight forward job. The only potential snag I forsee is the tech might not be familar with hooking up the HR20-100.
     
  3. dpeters11

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    Also, DECA will only be built in if you get an HR24, otherwise it's an external box. Same functionality though.
     
  4. su_A_ve

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    Thanks... So they'll replace the dish and keep the four runs? I assume only two would then be used, one going to each receiver, or one of the lines for power?

    I did see the diagram for the hr20.

    So for whole home they would use another deca connected to my network?

    Tia...

    Ps... Last dish swap took three hours... Side of the house two stories up. I would put the swm switch in the basement like it used to be...
     
  5. litzdog911

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    No, they'll likely only replace the dish's LNB assembly with a Single Wire Multiswitch version. Then only one coax is needed into the house where they'll use a SWM splitter to feed one coax cable to each DVR and Receiver. DECA adapters will be installed on the required DVRs and Receivers for Whole Home DVR networking using the coax cables. And they'll run a coax cable from the SWM splitter to a location near your home network gateway/router for the Broadband DECA adapter for internet access.
     
  6. HoTat2

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    Yep;

    Since you have had your share of newbie installers, better bookmark this post on the special hookup diagrams for the HR20-100 then just in case the installer gets stuck.

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    Hey, good luck ...
     
  7. su_A_ve

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    Thanks... One more...

    Can you hook up the deca with a network switch in between or does it have to go to the router?

    Currently I do this...

    Router -> gig switch -----> gig switch -> hr20

    Router and first switch are in the loft, the other one and hr20 are in the first floor. Plan is to hook up deca to the first floor location next to the hr20. Should be ok, right?

    Tia.

    Ps... Now that I think about, last 3 hr dish replacement was of the dish itself, not the arm, as it was an older dish which had no easy alignment knobs. Guess one thy will do the arm. Better get some stuff to plug the existing coax holes then...
     
  8. HoTat2

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    Yes, any point there is an ethernet connection onto your home network which then eventually leads to the internet is appropriate for connection of the DCCK.

    Just make sure the installer uses a 2x1 green label splitter to divide the satellite feed between the HR20 and DCCK. An ethernet patch cord then attaches between the DCCK and the ethernet switch.
     
  9. su_A_ve

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    Install went smooth for the most part

    Installer saw the dish and said he would put in a SWM module and an 8 port splitter, instead of replacing the dish.

    Helped him with a copy of the diagram posted above in how to properly connect the HR20. Since the HR20 is in a closet, I said we would use one of the feeds to connect it, and the other one to connect the DECA to the network (since I had etherenet at the location) He wasn't sure it would work, but agreed to try it. Of course it worked. I realized he wasn't sure on this setup when he didn't bring a band stop filter. He didn't have any 2-way splitter, so he used a 4way.

    I had unplugged the HR20 as I needed to move it's power outlet. Problem was after this, it refused to boot. Eventually, after the 4th time and when I was going to call in to get replaced, it decided to boot. (power light will turn on, then go off and stay off - you could here the fans spinning, but not the HD).

    Had to call in to activate whole-home as it wasn't provisioned (they offered me 3 months of any premium - no idea why as I didn't ask, but took HBO), and had to reset the internet connection (I had a fixed IP). Then MRV and Cinema worked.

    Got an HR24-500, which looks pretty smooth...

    Thanks all of you for your help.
     
  10. palmgrower

    palmgrower AllStar

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    Since I'm a newbie to DTV, BUD user (14' Paraclipse) since 1986, is it typical for the user to assist the installer with upgrade issues? Are the installers generally inexperienced ?

    1-HR24
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    Installed 7/16/2011
     
  11. dpeters11

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    The HR20-100 is done differently from all the others, including the HR20-700, so not all installers have run into it. When I had MRV installed, he knew ow to do that, but I had to assist with the Internet connection kit (and took three appointments and the tech calling for a fourth until I got one willing to try what I was telling them.) This was early on though, I think we ordered it the day it became available.
     
  12. su_A_ve

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    I'm very anal about installs (and anything tech related) and tend to do most of it even when someone else is supposed to. I just can't stand behind them...

    Now, off to staples to pick up a back-ups as the one I had has a dead battery. I had this one for over 6 years... Good thing they are on sale (ends tonight). A Backups 550 is $35 after coupons...
     

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