Originally Posted by gadgtfreek
All that being said, its moot, I have a Genie and Mini Genie install setup for Saturday morning. Good bye Dish, hello again Directv.
I've got this same setup and it's not very good, sadly.
The main Genie itself is good, but a little slow compared to the Dish receivers I've seen. The mini is an absolute joke and unless you plan on shuffling it off to a corner where it will rarely be used, you're going to be cursing it with a week. Mine spent its first week in a catatonic, sluggish state of performance that was so bad I couldn't fast forward, skip or rewind ANY content at all. Just play and stop and sometimes those didn't even work. Navigating the playlist was a frustrating act, too, since it would randomly alternate between skipping button presses and repeating one button press a hundred times.
A software update more or less fixed this issue, but I think it's still going to be a bit touchy for the first week of use. If you're expecting a seamless, fluid, reasonably fast experience from the mini at all, you might want to seriously reconsider getting another DVR instead. It really is that bad.
In fact, as I write this, I'm waiting on the entire system to finish rebooting, since my client locked up again for the second time this month. All I wanted to do was finish watching an episode I started in the living room, but it's turned into an hour long ordeal as I try to get the system up and running again. The whole server/client setup has been a huge disappointment as far as usability and reliability go.