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Understanding the SWM/Genie/mini genie tuners

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Understanding the SWM/Genie/mini genie tuners

I am trying to understand how the SWM works with the Genie/Genie mini and how the Genie would work with regular HD/HDDVR boxes

I know that the Genie uses 5 tuners. If I had a Genie installed with 3 min-Genie boxes, am I using a total of 5 tuners or a total of 8?

Another scenario:  Genie installed with 3 standard HD boxes.  Am I using 8 tuners, or are the standard HD boxes "piggy-backing" off the Genie and I'm only using 5 tuners?

Does having a whole home DVR system require connecting anything to a high speed internet connection?

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Re: Understanding the SWM/Genie/mini genie tuners

Another question.  If the Genie minis do not use their own tuner, I assume the maximum amount of Mini-s that could be installed on a system are 4?  Let's assume 4 are installed and I am recording 5 shows at one time.  I assume that you could only watch 1 of those 5 channels on any of the 5 tvs without creating a recording conflict?

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Re: Understanding the SWM/Genie/mini genie tuners

I am trying to understand how the SWM works with the Genie/Genie mini and how the Genie would work with regular HD/HDDVR boxes

I know that the Genie uses 5 tuners. If I had a Genie installed with 3 min-Genie boxes, am I using a total of 5 tuners or a total of 8? 5 tuners. A mini uses one of the genie tuners as minis don't have tuners.

Another scenario:  Genie installed with 3 standard HD boxes.  Am I using 8 tuners, or are the standard HD boxes "piggy-backing" off the Genie and I'm only using 5 tuners? If the HD boxes are receivers only the answer is 8. IF DVR's it is 2 for each DVR.

Does having a whole home DVR system require connecting anything to a high speed internet connection? No. However without the internet you do not have access to on demand.

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Re: Understanding the SWM/Genie/mini genie tuners

Another question.  If the Genie minis do not use their own tuner, I assume the maximum amount of Mini-s that could be installed on a system are 4?  Let's assume 4 are installed and I am recording 5 shows at one time.  I assume that you could only watch 1 of those 5 channels on any of the 5 tvs without creating a recording conflict? A clarification on this question the Genie always stays with 2 tuners, so the proper scenerio es a Genie and 3 Mini Genies because when you turn on a 4th Mini Genie you will only be able to watch recorded shows not live time on the this one and no to avoid a recording conflict if recording 5 shows at once then you will have to watch a previous recorded show not one that is being recorded at the time.

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Re: Understanding the SWM/Genie/mini genie tuners

Actually you can have up to 8 minis. However the catch is only 3 can be in use at any given time.

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Re: Understanding the SWM/Genie/mini genie tuners

So if all 5 tuners are being used by the Genie, then the minis can't access that tuner, even to watch a show that is being recorded?

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Re: Understanding the SWM/Genie/mini genie tuners

Nop since the tuners are being used you have to watch a show that has previously been recorded on the genie.

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Re: Understanding the SWM/Genie/mini genie tuners

I thought that watching a currently recording show did not require a tuner. You are in affect watching a recording even though not complete. True you can't watch it live.

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Re: Understanding the SWM/Genie/mini genie tuners

That's what I was thinking as well.  You can access a show that is being currently recorded from the list and start it from the beginning.  I don't see where that would require a tuner.

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Re: Understanding the SWM/Genie/mini genie tuners

If you are watching a program that is in the process of recording, it requires a tuner to record.  All of the tuners are in the Genie so it matters not where you are watching from.  On a practical level. assuming the boxes are going to be used with some regularity, 3 is the max number of Clients (Genie Minis) you'd want, and fewer might be better.

Personally we pretty much record everything we watch so we can have a DVR, the Genie and a client all watching different programs from the Genie's playlist while still recording five programs (only happens on Sunday primetime)

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Employee

Re: Understanding the SWM/Genie/mini genie tuners

Just to clarify on this.  If the all 5 tuners are being used on the Genie, and you turn on a client, the client will pick any of the 5 shows being recording currently.  At this point you can either watch one of the 5 shows in progress by either tuning to the channel, or by going to the playlist.  you can also watch any previous recorded program while the Genie records 5 shows

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Re: Understanding the SWM/Genie/mini genie tuners

Are you sure this is correct?  This contradicts what dragon83 said in the thread. Thanks in advance.

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Re: Understanding the SWM/Genie/mini genie tuners

100%.

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Message 13 of 14
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Re: Understanding the SWM/Genie/mini genie tuners

Peds48,s comments are spot on.  A couple of further clarifications.  His comments are based on the assumption than no more than 3 Clients are in use with the Genie.  So, to repeat.  The Genie is recording five programs.  You turn on a Client you'll get a message indicating that the Genie is busy, and give you some choices, interrupt recording, watch one of the recordings, go to the list.  Same will occur with other two Clients.


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