To be fair to the posters here, your question as to it being a major downgrade from a Hopper to a VIP receiver is something just going to the DISH site would tell you. A WORLD of difference. Bottom line, there are reasons DISH is not allowing a mix, (Other than a VIP 211) and it does not really matter if people agree with it or not. I do not think an installer will install it in your home with a Hopper system however, as the reason allowing it is for people who have RV's etc.... so they do not need to have a second account. I suppose if you pay extra the installer might install it in the home. But honestly, since you do not know the difference between what a Hopper does and a VIP receiver, I don't think you should decide on anything yet till you learn more easily done by reading the threads here.