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I just had my DirecTV installed last week. I ordered a couple of extra standard receivers (D-12) for my basement sports bar, but they will not be used all the time. In order to save electricity, my thought is to keep them unplugged until I am actually using them.

However - I believe when you unplug the box it goes through a reboot sequence when you plug it back in. Am I better off leaving the boxes plugged in and just turning off the power (blue light)? Are there any problems w/ the continual re-booting of the boxes or does it not matter?

Thanks in advance for any advice.
 

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With a non-DVR Receiver, like the D12, you won't likely hurt anything by disconnecting the AC power. Of course, they draw very little power anyway, so you'll have to weigh the startup inconvenience against the power savings.
 

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Another thing to bear in mind is that if for some reason you should leave them unplugged for more than a month, you will need to either use directv.com or call D* to have them resend authorizations to the receivers.
 

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And no software updates if it's not plugged in (this may or may not be a good thing).
 

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MrMojoJojo said:
Another thing to bear in mind is that if for some reason you should leave them unplugged for more than a month, you will need to either use directv.com or call D* to have them resend authorizations to the receivers.
Have to agree with this. The receiver will 'lose' connection to D* if you leave it unplugged for a long period of time. You'll have to call D* to reset the receiver, or do it online. I found this out by having a flooded basement/guest room and having to pull everything and put it in the garage for ~2 months.
 
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