Can someone explain how this Whole Home DVR stuff really works for me? That, or point me to another thread that does? I want to install DirecTV when I finally get moved in to our new home, but there are few "wiring concerns" that I have regarding the Whole Home DVR stuff.
This is what I want:
- At least three rooms (for now) to watch in; Living room, Family Room, Master Bed Room.
- Ability to record at least four shows at once, I expect that if I'm recording four then I'll be watching (in all three of the rooms) either nothing, a previously recorded show, or something that is currently recording; I'm fine with this, but of course if there's an alternative I'm all ears.
What I have for wiring:
- Available to me in each room for connectivity is: 1 coax + 1 ethernet (at least) -- however I ONLY have one coax drop per room. The Family Room and Living Room could be expanded because they are on the ground floor and I can easily run another cable, the upstairs MBR -- not so much. I mention this because I notice these units have two coax connections on the back, and don't know why or if I need to use them both.
- All wires terminate in a wiring closet in the basement, where I expect I'll be bringing in the coax from the dish and terminating however I need to in order to get the signal elsewhere. How does all that get wired? Dish RG6 (four I presume) -> some switcher -> RG6 splitter -> each DVR/receiver? I don't know....
- Put DVR in the two downstairs rooms; do I need to run additional coax for this? Then put a receiver in the MBR.
- Install the DVR machines in the wiring closet in the basement. This provides me with as many coax/ethernet drops as I need given I will have full access to the wiring closet there. Given my limit of one coax per room, will I need to install the DVR's there? They would be headless (no TV connected to them) can they be controlled from the remote boxes? In this solution, there would be three remote boxes; which seems cost prohibitive, but if its the only way.
I know that's a lot to absorb...but I just don't know how this stuff connects and plays. I don't want to assume my installer will...though I'm sure he'll have a clue...but I want to know where to point him and how to terminate and connect stuff in my wiring closet to make all this stuff play together nicely.
Also, for now, I'll have a simple 10/100 switch (my router) but I'll be picking up a 12 or 16 port gigE switch shortly I'm sure. Prior to that, however, would the 10/100 be capable of handling these machines?
Finally, will DirecTV offer me internet service (NOT DSL!) or will I have to have Comcast come in with a line for a cable modem? I suppose that drop could easily be sent directly to the cable modem and then router to provide all D* boxes with an internet connection (assuming they need them) via their ethernet port.
Sorry for the...overflow...I'm just curious how all these boxes connect and if I have the requirements to connect them prior to running into install hiccups.
edit: I guess to distill to some simple questions:
- There are two coax ports (as I've noticed) on the back of these units -- what does each do?
- There is an ethernet port, do I need to connect it? What if I don't? This would be good to know as it'll decide how quickly I need a gigE switch with more ports, as more little 4 port router won't quite connect all the DVRs/recievers and my other devices.
edit 2: Sorry...more questions:
- If I can control the DVRs from any room, can you add recordings/see what is being recorded at any time from any where - or - do I have to remember that I, for example, record "House" on DVR1 and "CSI" on DVR2? Could I, in one place, see that both House and CSI are scheduled recordings? Just curious how well all this stuff really ties together once actually tied, lol.