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Old 06-23-2016, 05:34 PM   #1
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DTV Wired Mini Genie or Wireless Mini Genie

We will go with Direct TV for now. The question now is do we want the wired mini Genie or the wireless mini Genie? These are going in a 2017 Anthem 44A.

Direct TV referred me to Winegard as soon as they heard it was for an RV. Winegard said that if you sign up for service with them you get the Genie receiver and wired mini genies for additional TV's. What is the feeling from those that have systems now, wired mini's or wireless mini's.

Curious, is Winegard the only way to get the Direct service and the receivers?

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You have coax built into the coach assuming that you have the DVR placed above the fireplace. If so, then you have coax out to the other locations. I have one mini wired Genie in the bedroom TV center. The outside TV is yoked to the main TV so you dont need one either there or for above the dash.

Works great so far. I hate paying two big bills each month, but while on the road, turn the house DISH set up off, and while home turn the coach DirecTV off so if I am prompt with what I do, I only pay one bill per month.

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We've got wireless. We like the new Genie remotes and the boxes fit while the older larger boxes would not.

FWIW - We had our outside TV slaved to the bedroom instead of the Main TV.
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We've got wireless. We like the new Genie remotes and the boxes fit while the older larger boxes would not.

FWIW - We had our outside TV slaved to the bedroom instead of the Main TV.
I would like to switch my outside TV to be hooked to receiver in the bedroom, but have yet to figure out an easy way. Can you share how you did it please.
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Old 06-24-2016, 07:27 AM   #5
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I would like to switch my outside TV to be hooked to receiver in the bedroom, but have yet to figure out an easy way. Can you share how you did it please.
It was pretty easy - I simply pointed to the BR Tv and asked NIRVC to make them work together....

Sorry for the comment - wish I could be more help
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Have been using a wireless genie and mini genie for over two years. Works great. The one downside, according to DTV the video bridge needs to be around 6 feet away from the Genie. I have found 3 feet works good. To use a wireless package requires three or more parts. Genie, video bridge, both of which are coax connected, plus up to three wireless mini genies. I was able to hookup easily because I already had a previous 4 wire system. So the video bridge goes into a cabinet in the bed room.
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Unless you have RG-6 cabling to each TV location and where you put the HR-44/54 you will want to use the wireless bridge and wireless clients (C41W). I have the video bridge in the same compartment as the HR-44 and it works well there. The bridge is quite powerful and the signal will make through almost everything but the frig. Suit for an HR-54 and avoid the hassle of the separate antenna power supply
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Can you specify infrared or RF remotes when you order or have your DTV equipment installed?
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Can you specify infrared or RF remotes when you order or have your DTV equipment installed?
Ours are RF. That is what we were offered at NIRVC. They are linked separately to the genies so they don't interfere with each other.

As noted, we have the Outside and Bedroom TV's linked. Our idea, which might not be for everyone, is that way both systems have sitting areas (Outdoors and Living Room). The standard hookup means that if you don't want to watch what is on in the LR, your only option is to lie on the bed.
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Have been using a wireless genie and mini genie for over two years. Works great. The one downside, according to DTV the video bridge needs to be around 6 feet away from the Genie. I have found 3 feet works good. To use a wireless package requires three or more parts. Genie, video bridge, both of which are coax connected, plus up to three wireless mini genies. I was able to hookup easily because I already had a previous 4 wire system. So the video bridge goes into a cabinet in the bed room.
Our video bridge sits right next to the Genie and works just fine.
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The remotes than come with the HR-44/54 and the clients all come with IR pre-programmed in They all have the RF capability (as does the HR-44/54 and it is a simple set of six keystrokes to change them over. When the remote is changed to RF, if is pointed to the Genie or client it will change them to RF also. To set up the TV functions in the remote select program remote in the system menu and follow the instructions. Generally it whats to know what the make and model of the TV. Since the TV is only IR you have to point the remote at the TV to change volume and turn the TV on/off. Everything else is RF
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Depends on how your coach is wired. In our Hurricane there is video switch box in a cabinet above the microwave. It had three HDMI cable each running to a TV. The two wireless clients are in that cabinet: one for the bedroom TV and one for the outside TV. The main TV is wired directly to the HR-44. Each client has its own remote so be sure you label the remotes or the DF will not be happy when the system won't work for her. Wonder how I know that?
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We recently converted our direct tv receivers over to the genie system . The installation took about 1 hour. The installer highly recommended hard wired and we agreed. We also had installed when we bought the coach a separate satellite feed to the exterior tv. With the size and RF we are able to operate all three tv's independently. I believe this separate feed has now been adopted as standard at least on the cornerstones.


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