What Hopper + Joey equipment do I need?

Discussion in 'Hopper System Support Forum' started by s_cipris, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. s_cipris

    s_cipris Cool Member

    Feb 6, 2003
    Can anyone please help me and tell me what equipment I need to order for my scenario??

    My setup is as follows:
    Room 1 - TV room downstairs (main watching area)
    Room 2 - Family room downstairs
    Room 3 - Kitchen downstairs
    Room 4 - Bedroom upstairs

    I would like all 4 rooms to be able to watch and record from any of the other rooms.
    I thought that a hopper in rooms 1 and 4, and a joey in rooms 2 and 3 would be what I would need. Am I correct?
    Can the two hoppers see each other as well as both joeys? Can I also use the joeys to record, and would these recordings be seen in all rooms?

    My wife records different soap operas and I would like to keep these recordings on a hopper in Room 4, but be able to view in all other rooms.

    I am thinking of getting the hopper with sling for Room 1, would that work for me?

    Do these hopper and joeys communicate wirelessly with each other, or would I need coax or other wires all over between the devices.?

    Also would a change of satellite dish be necessary or can I use what is in place now. My current setup is a Dish 1000 with 722DVR in Room 1 and 211 in Room 4.I would be replacing this with hopper and joey setup.

    Thanks again for any help. I am confused as to my needs.

    Any help on this matter would be appreciated. Thank you for your input.

    Steve C
  2. garys

    garys Hall Of Fame

    Nov 4, 2005
    2 Hoppers are needed depending on your viewing/recording habits, if you think you need 2 then you probably do. The Joeys can be switched between 2 Hoppers very quickly so recordings or accessing free tuners shouldn't be a problem. Also, Hopper can see recordings from the other Hopper so you should have no problem there. Sling is useful if you are viewing recordings from Smart phones, Androids, netbooks or computers so if you are not doing this, you shouldn't need sling.
  3. lonerwulf

    lonerwulf Mentor

    Jul 9, 2012
    It looks to me hopper 3 joeys would be good for u the hopper records 2000 hours of programming and u can watch 3 live programs at same time it sound like an extra hopper would be a waste of money
  4. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2003
    Many people on the site enjoy a second Hopper. We have at least one member with three Hoppers. It is all about covering the needs of the individual subscriber.
  5. lonerwulf

    lonerwulf Mentor

    Jul 9, 2012
    Of course it is but I'm saying hopper is a great machine and IMO 1hopper would serve his needs
  6. boba

    boba Hall Of Fame

    May 23, 2003
    Unless he needs 4 live feeds and the second Hopper is $7/mo. the same as the Joey would be.
  7. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2003
    The initial fee is greater for the second Hopper than a Joey but in my opinion it is well worth it. Even in a one Hopper, One Joey situation. When PTAT kicks in one is down to two tuners (some may have OTA). If both TV viewers are watching non-PTAT live and something is scheduled to record someone is going to lose their program - or kill the recording that someone else may be relying on.

    It does not take very many complaints of "Hey! that movie I was watching cut off and I can't watch the ending because one of your recordings started!" or "Hey! My recording was cancelled and that was the only airing today!" before a second Hopper can become a marriage saver. :)

    That is why when I read of someone who wants to replace TWO receivers with a Hopper system I recommend they look at two Hoppers. They are accustomed to having a private tuner in that second location (room 4 in the example).

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