Would like what is needed for 4K

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  1. Athlon646464

    Athlon646464 Gold Members DBSTalk Gold Club

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    I have an LG OLED, as well as the equipment listed below in my signature. The LG OLED is in my family room as is my HR54.

    The C41W & HR24 devices are in two separate bedrooms.

    After reading another thread here about what is needed to view 4K, and seeing it's a 'no brainer' because there is no charge to 'upgrade', I called support today.

    Although the new Genie client I need would be free, there would be an additional $7 per month charge for the new Genie client (a 4th 'box' rental).

    What am I missing? Does the new Genie client have to be in the same room as the HR54? If not, then I can move it to where the C41W currently is and put the new Genie client where the HR54 is, and send back the C41W? Would that work?
     
  2. MysteryMan

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    You will need a C61K-700 client for 4K service. It needs to be connected to your 4K Ultra HDTV.
     
  3. Athlon646464

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    Correct, and knew that. My question is how, if possible, do I avoid an additional box rental.
     
  4. MysteryMan

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    The HR54 can be connected to a TV. Your clients are connected to your other TVs. If you are replacing your C41W client with the C61K-700 client you can return the C41W and avoid the additional box rental.
     
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    Yes that should work ...

    The monthly cost of the C61K will be directly offset by the deactivation and return of the C41W ...

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  6. Athlon646464

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    Thanks for your help. I just want to be careful here. As I asked in my original post:

    1) Does the new C61K have to be in the same room as the HR54?

    2) If not, then I can move the HR54 to where the C41W currently is (bedroom) and put the new C61K in the family room by itself?

    I guess I'm concerned that the C61K might have to be in the same room as the HR54 (connected directly to it).

    Another issue is: I have a wireless client because the cable to that bedroom is old, and a wired connection may not work.
     
  7. TheRatPatrol

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    1. No

    2. Yes that would work

    3. How old is the cable in that room, RG59 or RG6? If RG6 you should be fine.
     
  8. MysteryMan

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    Setup of the C61K-700 is basically the same as any other Genie client. It requires a coax connection from the DIRECTV system and a HDMI cable to the TV HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2 compliant input.
     
  9. P Smith

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    Clients are using MoCA protocol, so RG-59 is good to go !
     
  10. MysteryMan

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    RG59 is good for short distances. 100 feet or more is excessive for RG59.
     
  11. Athlon646464

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    Thanks all. It's RG 59/U (I think - the text is a bit faded) installed in late 1989. I'm guessing the run from the basement where the DirecTv splitter is to that bedroom on the second floor is about 35'.

    The reason for my concern is my original Genie was an HR44 that started doing really weird things. At the time, I had a wired mini in that bedroom using the RG 59 and the wireless mini in a 4th no longer needed bedroom. The HR44 issues generated a truck roll (got lucky at the time, the guy arrived with an HR54). While he was here he did some measurements while he was troubleshooting and told me I should send back the wired mini and keep the wireless mini. His reasoning was the 'old' cable in what is now our guest room. This happened a little over a year ago.

    I can, if need be upgrade that cable, but it would be some work for sure.
     
  12. MysteryMan

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    wired-wifi-compare.png
     
  13. Athlon646464

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    lol - good one.

    What I might do is update that cable, then switch the HR54 and wireless client's positions. I really don't want to put what will be my 'server' on that old wire if it might cause problems. If the switch works (and no doubt it will), I'll replace the C41 with the C61.
     
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    If it's easy access, running a new RG6 cable would be good.

    If you switch the location of the HR54 don't forget to switch the cable location on the splitter, the HR54 powers the LNB, it needs to be on the RED output.
     
  15. MysteryMan

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    Good idea. Keep us updated.
     
  16. Athlon646464

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    On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being cable laying on floor and 10 being impossible), it's about a 7 - just about doable by myself.

    Thanks for the tip on the splitter - never would have figured that out on my own!
     
  17. Athlon646464

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    Will do.
     
  18. slice1900

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    If that cable was installed in 1989 it would have used a crimp connector. Unless it is expertly done, those are prone to problems. If you cut the ends off and replaced them with compression connectors it might help if there really are problems with the cable (I think its age may have provided the installer a convenient finger of blame)
     
  19. TheRatPatrol

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    Do you think that RG59 can accept a compression fitting, will it be the same thickness as RG6?
     
  20. slice1900

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    You'd buy an RG59 compression connector for an RG59 cable.
     

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