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Please double check my thinking for adding a HR34 to my setup. I will be replacing a HR21 with the HR34 and also have a HR24. My existing setup isn't SWM so I know DirecTV will either replace my LNB or add a SWM multiswitch and a power inserter. My HR34 can be plugged into my router via a hardwire ethernet cable. Am I correct in thinking by plugging in one coax into the HR34 and HR24 that is all I need for Whole Home DVR and also internet capabilities for each receiver since the HR34 can bridge and the HR24has the DECA internal?
 

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As you probably already know the HR34 will only work in a SWiM system. DTV is pushing for all customers to be "connected" although the CCK is optional. Take it as a free upgrade. It'll give you a few nice features now like Pandora and On Demand as well as some neat future enhancements. Plugging the Ethernet cable into the back of the HR34 will disconnect the internal DECA unit killing the Whole Home Service. The DECA will also give you internet features on the HR24 as well as the HR34.

If you have less than 8 total tuners a SWiM multiswitch is not required. And it would be just a simple matter of swapping out the LNB and adding a PI and SWiM splitter.
 

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As you probably already know the HR34 will only work in a SWiM system. DTV is pushing for all customers to be "connected" although the CCK is optional. Take it as a free upgrade. It'll give you a few nice features now like Pandora and On Demand as well as some neat future enhancements.

If you have less than 8 total tuners a SWiM multiswitch is not required. And it would be just a simple matter of swapping out the LNB and adding a PI and SWiM splitter.
I think I will need a SWiM multiswitch if they don't replace my current non-SWiM LNB.

Also, I will take the CCK but if I understand correctly from others even without using the CCK with the setup I described above I will still get all the features such as Pandora and On Demand, etc. because the HR34 will act as the bridge to the HR24 for internet through the internal DECA of each system, correct?
 

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. Plugging the Ethernet cable into the back of the HR34 will disconnect the internal DECA unit killing the Whole Home Service. The DECA will also give you internet features on the HR24 as well as the HR34.
This is not the case other the HR34. It is with the 24.
 

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I think I will need a SWiM multiswitch if they don't replace my current non-SWiM LNB.

Also, I will take the CCK but if I understand correctly from others even without using the CCK with the setup I described above I will still get all the features such as Pandora and On Demand, etc. because the HR34 will act as the bridge to the HR24 for internet through the internal DECA of each system, correct?
Correct, though the reps may not know it.

Since you'll be within the 8 tuner limit, they will almost certainly replace your LNB.
 

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Just an update to let everyone know I had a successful upgrade to SWM, Whole Home with the HR34 plugged directly into my router via ethernet. No CCK necessary for the HR24 to access whole home or internet functions. The HR34 is awesome, thanks all!
 

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MRDJ said:
As you probably already know the HR34 will only work in a SWiM system. DTV is pushing for all customers to be "connected" although the CCK is optional. Take it as a free upgrade. It'll give you a few nice features now like Pandora and On Demand as well as some neat future enhancements. Plugging the Ethernet cable into the back of the HR34 will disconnect the internal DECA unit killing the Whole Home Service. The DECA will also give you internet features on the HR24 as well as the HR34.

If you have less than 8 total tuners a SWiM multiswitch is not required. And it would be just a simple matter of swapping out the LNB and adding a PI and SWiM splitter.
The HR34 is currently the only receiver that you can use Ethernet and coax networking at the same time. The 34 is nice because it can be used as a bridge for all of the receivers on the DECA network to the internet without needing the WDCCK, if you need to connect to your home network via wireless then you will need the WDCCK.
 
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