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can some please explain to me why the new hr20 has an USB, SATA, Ethernet, and all the other extras on it? Also i noticed that it came with a RF remote but there was not RF ant. spot on the back. THanks
 

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can some please explain to me why the new hr20 has an USB, SATA, Ethernet, and all the other extras on it? Also i noticed that it came with a RF remote but there was not RF ant. spot on the back. THanks
Not sure there is a use for the USB yet, the ethernet can be connected to your network to get photos and music off of your computer hard drive. Search for more info on that feature. The SATA is for adding an external drive to get additional HD space. Also search for more info. The RF antenna is internal. The HR20 comes with an IR remote but you can purchase an RF remote from DirecTV. Also you have to turn on RF on the reciever but you can't have both RF and IR at the same time.
 

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redpeppers said:
can some please explain to me why the new hr20 has an USB, SATA, Ethernet, and all the other extras on it? Also i noticed that it came with a RF remote but there was not RF ant. spot on the back. THanks
redpeppers:

Welcome. You have a lot of reading to do. Search the forum for each type of connector and you will learn.

They all work, they all have purposes.

USB - right now powers accessories and not much else
SATA - more drives - actually alt. drive
Ethernet - read the VIIV threads
RF - antenna built in...

Read man, read. You have 3 months of posts to read. Hop to it.
 

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Not sure there is a use for the USB yet, the ethernet can be connected to your network to get photos and music off of your computer hard drive. Search for more info on that feature. The SATA is for adding an external drive to get additional HD space. Also search for more info. The RF antenna is internal. The HR20 comes with an IR remote but you can purchase an RF remote from DirecTV. Also you have to turn on RF on the reciever but you can't have both RF and IR at the same time.
wait....i just installed some new hr20's today and they both had RF remotes with them. They both had FCC id numbers on the back of them.
 

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Not sure there is a use for the USB yet, the ethernet can be connected to your network to get photos and music off of your computer hard drive. Search for more info on that feature. The SATA is for adding an external drive to get additional HD space. Also search for more info. The RF antenna is internal. The HR20 comes with an IR remote but you can purchase an RF remote from DirecTV. Also you have to turn on RF on the reciever but you can't have both RF and IR at the same time.
The remote that came with my HR-20 was able to do RF out of the box. I did not need to purchase an RF remote.

I use my USB port to power a chill mat (by a company called Targus) since my HR-20 is in a cabinet. I've heard rumors that the USB will eventually be used for the DirecTV2Go features. More to come on that I'm sure...
 

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The remote that came with my HR-20 was able to do RF out of the box. I did not need to purchase an RF remote.

I use my USB port to power a chill mat (by a company called Targus) since my HR-20 is in a cabinet. I've heard rumors that the USB will eventually be used for the DirecTV2Go features. More to come on that I'm sure...
Another problem i seen with the HR20 i installed today would not let me do an off air scan today. I waited about 10 minutes after the software update and then it let me. Is this a bug in the software or what?
 

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The remote that came with my HR-20 was able to do RF out of the box. I did not need to purchase an RF remote.
Interesting, mine was an IR remote back in October. I guess they changed this.
 

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Interesting, mine was an IR remote back in October. I guess they changed this.
Got mine in mid Nov, came with RC24 remote, RF capable out of the box.
 

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redpeppers said:
can some please explain to me why the new hr20 has an USB, SATA, Ethernet, and all the other extras on it? Also i noticed that it came with a RF remote but there was not RF ant. spot on the back. THanks
First: Welcome!

As to eSATA and RF, you can find more in the Tips & Tricks.

- Craig
 

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bigpuma said:
Interesting, mine was an IR remote back in October. I guess they changed this.
It has always come with an IR/RF capable remote.
 

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The SATA is for adding an external drive to get additional HD space.
That is not totally correct. It is not additional to what is already inside, it is instead of what is already inside.
 

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It has always come with an IR/RF capable remote.
hmm I guess I was not paying attention. Now I will have to try this out to prove how dumb I am for not noticing. :D
 

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Not sure if anyone has mentioned this, but the RF-remote antenna is internal in the HR20.

If the remote has the FCC sticker on the back, you're ready to rocknroll with RF!
 

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Like all of us, start waiting for reports back from CES in Las Vegas, next month. Hopefully, complete features associated with some of this hardware capability will be turned on in the coming year.
 

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I've read that the RF remote that comes with the HR20 can be used as an RF remote or an IR remote, but not both at the same time. Does this apply to controlling external devices as well? I would like to use RF for controlling the DVR, but use IR to control the TV/Display. Is this possible?
 

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I've read that the RF remote that comes with the HR20 can be used as an RF remote or an IR remote, but not both at the same time. Does this apply to controlling external devices as well? I would like to use RF for controlling the DVR, but use IR to control the TV/Display. Is this possible?
i use mine like that all the time so yes it is possiable
 

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I've read that the RF remote that comes with the HR20 can be used as an RF remote or an IR remote, but not both at the same time. Does this apply to controlling external devices as well? I would like to use RF for controlling the DVR, but use IR to control the TV/Display. Is this possible?
It's not the remote that can't do IR and RF at the same time, it's the receiver it self.
 
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