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Created: Feb 22, 2011
testerx Created: Feb. 22, 2011
WHDVR is pretty much limited to the ability to play back recordings on any other HD receiver and to program certain DVR functions from a remote, non-DVR HD receiver. When it come to recording capabilities however, you still have what amounts to three separate and completely independent DVRs.
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Created: Feb 22, 2011
testerx Created: Feb. 22, 2011
First, the your HR20 will work fine with WHDVR. Newer HD DVRs don't have OTA built-in like the HR20, but you can add OTA with the optional AM21 OTA tuner if you do get a different DVR.
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Created: Feb 19, 2011
testerx Created: Feb. 19, 2011
I found this explanation of the lights in a post on dbstalk.com. Presumably you didn't have both the HR20 and the DECA BB connected at the same time, as that will cause network crashes. I wonder if you just have a defective DECA BB? The Power LED is fairly straight forward. The Network & cLink LEDs aren't as straight forward. cLink has mostly to do with the RF "link" betw...
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Created: Feb 19, 2011
testerx Created: Feb. 19, 2011
You might also want to look at some comparisons between WiFi and MoCA (DirecTV's DECA is MoCA using frequencies compatible with the DIrecTV system). DirecTV didn't exactly go off on their own here... http://mocablog.net/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multimedia_over_Coax_Alliance
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Created: Feb 19, 2011
testerx Created: Feb. 19, 2011
Personally I think they've done a great job of repurposing and expanding the capability of existing hardware, while saving themselves as well as their customers a lot of money... I have no desire to pay for them to replace millions of existing receivers for no good reason.
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Created: Feb 19, 2011
testerx Created: Feb. 19, 2011
It might make some sense when the customer is simply adding a receiver to an established DECA/WHDVR network, rather like them sending out free BBC modules instead of including them with the receivers. However, to expect the customer to do the entire WHDVR installation and upgrade by sending a couple of DECAs is not reasonable... at least not in the majority of instances.
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Created: Feb 19, 2011
testerx Created: Feb. 19, 2011
The black DECA BB or 'broadband' DECA is identical to the original white receiver DECA except for the packaging. The DECA BB just has a standard power connector instead of the second coax connector and comes with a power supply; otherwise they are completely interchangeable. In a pinch, the DECA BB cane even be used in place of the white DECA by adding a 1x2 splitter. Whi...
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Created: Feb 19, 2011
testerx Created: Feb. 19, 2011
Among other things, DirecTV receivers don't have the luxury of the large amounts of buffer memory needed to make WiFI a reliable option for video streaming. This was quickly discovered by anyone trying to use WiFi during the WHDVR beta testing. With the receivers already connected to each other by coax it would have been foolish to use a separate system, wired or wireless...
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Created: Feb 18, 2011
testerx Created: Feb. 18, 2011
There are two ways to implement WHDVR... using your own network or using DIrecTV's DECA network. While it seems to be getting harder to get DirecTV to enable WHDVR for use with your own network, all that requires is to hardwire (wireless will not work) each receiver to your home network. This method is not supported by DIrecTV however and may not perform well depending on...
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Created: Feb 18, 2011
testerx Created: Feb. 18, 2011
Swapping the around should not be a problem, with just a couple of precautions. If the receive(s) have white, external DECAs connected to the satellite cable and to the receiver's Ethernet port, move those as a unit with the receiver. Disconnect only the coax from the wall to the DECA. You'll find these with H21/23 and HR20/21/22/23 models but not with the H24 or HR24. If...
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Created: Feb 18, 2011
testerx Created: Feb. 18, 2011
Yes that's correct. The one limitation being that a DVR can only stream to one remote receiver at a time. So for example, if one of the three remote receivers is viewing a program recorded on DVR #1, then neither of the other two remote receivers can watch a program from DVR #1. At any given time a DVR can be recording two programs, playing one back locally and playing ba...
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Created: Feb 18, 2011
testerx Created: Feb. 18, 2011
First of all, do you have a Single Wire Multiswitch (SWiM) system? If not DECA won't work. If you're not sure, press the dash '-' key on the remote. The pop-up box will say 'SWiM Connected' if you do. Then you need to determine whether or not you have the correct splitter and other hardware for DECA. You'll need to find the SWiM splitter and see if it has a green label on...
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