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A Review of the R10

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by ebonovic, Dec 12, 2004.

  1. Jan 7, 2005 #201 of 632

    mhallerbach New Member

    Dec 24, 2004
    I am new to Directv, was ready to buy the 35hr DVR direct from DTV, which the best deal was going to be $99, with a $50 rebate. After doing some research, I got a 70hr R-10, with a Triple LNB dish, with the install, for $59.99(Most of that cost was the shipping), minus the $50.00 rebate, my net cost was $10 - from Rapidsatellite.com and they are sending me a free DVD player to boot as part of a promo. The box showed up 3 days after ordered , and a professional installer was there the following day taking down my Dish Network and replacing it with my Directv - total order/install process 4 days. Later in my research on this forum, I was hearing how everybody was having difficulty getting R-10s from Directv because they were just being released, but I got mine mid December no problem

    I have found for both satellite systems and cell phone deals, online is the only way to go for pricing on the equipment, compared to dealing direct with the companies.

    My 2 cents.
  2. Jan 7, 2005 #202 of 632

    tbh999 New Member

    Aug 29, 2001
    Oops, MB...GB, what's the difference.
  3. Jan 7, 2005 #203 of 632

    MichaelK New Member

    Jan 10, 2002

    digital phone systems usually use higher voltages that can damage stuff intended for the lower voltages of analog systems.
  4. Jan 9, 2005 #204 of 632

    aaronbca New Member

    Jan 9, 2005
    I see a pretty definite difference in my R10 picture quality from my Series 1 Hughes box. Some channels are decent, but on others the pixelation/artifacting is horrendous, causing massive blurring. I've took the first R10 back, cuz the build quality was awful, and the frame of the unit was actually bent. I think I'm going to get one more and test it to see if it's any better, but it seems like that's just the way these look.
  5. Jan 9, 2005 #205 of 632

    spyderelcd New Member

    Aug 29, 2004
    I have just received my directv triple lnb dish ,a r10 and d10 receivers for directv from rapidsatellite.com for a total of $89.94 with a $50 rebate. Total cost $39.94. They will be by tomorrow for the install. I have read this whole thread and I would like to thank ebonovic and other members for the information you post. With that does anybody know if you can hook up an r10 any other way than a phone line? I have just swithed to VOIP and from what I've read here you can't use that for the phone line on the R10.

  6. Jan 9, 2005 #206 of 632

    ebonovic has gone his way...

    Jul 24, 2001
    You can "possible" use VoIP. It is hit or miss with VoIP.

    You could take it to a friends house to finish the setup (they don't have to have sat) or you could try the PPP Serial style of dialing (do a search on PPP Serial)
  7. joeinma

    joeinma New Member

    Jan 11, 2002
    To follow up on my R10 problem with the phone connection, I finally got it to dial in and make it's first test call which finished set up and allowed me to use the Tivo functions. However, the fix was funky and it's still having the problem unless I manually do the fix myself.

    What happens is that when the R10 dials out, it's getting failed to connect during the dialing portion of the call. However, when it starts to dial, if I pick up the cordless phone in the room and turn it on, I can hear the until dialing and trying to connect. The call goes through ONLY when I am listening to the phone. It's weird. However, even that way, it may take 2 tries before it works.

    I noticed in the system information screen, the dial in configuration line reads 000 TFA - 0 (something like that, I don't have the info in front of me)...meanwhile my DSR6000 which does not have a dialing problem has 000 TFA-1. Could this have something to do with it? Is there a way to change that?
  8. ebonovic

    ebonovic has gone his way...

    Jul 24, 2001
    No this is something different and controlled on the Server side. It is on our units for informationally / troubleshooting. It relates to what information server you are connecting to during the dial-in for the "TiVo" related uploads/downloads.
  9. joeinma

    joeinma New Member

    Jan 11, 2002
    Thanks for the response Earl! Here's another question for the board, does the ,401 code for daily code via the internet work with the R10? If I continue to have dial in problems via phone line, maybe it will work better via the net.
  10. ebonovic

    ebonovic has gone his way...

    Jul 24, 2001
    As of right now, no. That code doesn't appear to be recognized by the 6.1 software.

    As I get a message that no dial-tone found. (Which is good, since I pulled the phone line during the test, and left the USB/network line in).
  11. Wekiva

    Wekiva New Member

    Aug 6, 2002
    Orlando, FL
    Just to add my experience. I just upgraded from HDVR2 to an R10 last week and am very happy. I see no difference in the picture quality and the menus are definitely faster for me. I do see a slight blurriness in the menus but not enough to be a problem.

    So far so good.

    ( I just wanted others looking at getting R10 to know it's not all bad out here in R10 land)
  12. enesch

    enesch New Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    I have been with Directv for about 6 months I have a DVR40 not hacked at all. Before sat tv I had cable with a SA Tivo One hacked with 2 hard drives and a nic, I liked all the things I could do and want them back on my Directivo unit, and I see I can hack the one I have currently. I am wondering if it would be better to get an r10 and wait for HMO, or to hack my current unit as is. Also if HMO option is to become an option on the Directv units will it only be offered to the new R10 units with 6.1 or will the older units with 3.1 be upgraded?
  13. digital_b

    digital_b New Member

    May 23, 2003
    if youre like me and want to be able to create dvds of recorded stuff youre better off hacking or having it hacked. dtv will never allow you to record stuff to dvd.
  14. ebonovic

    ebonovic has gone his way...

    Jul 24, 2001
    Right now there are NO official statements to if/when will get HMO.
    Thus we don't know if it will ever come, be 6.1 specific, R10 specific.

    So the only known thing for sure is that if you want HMO on your units, you will have to hack it to run v4 software, and the R10 can not run v4.
  15. Bassplayer

    Bassplayer New Member

    Oct 5, 2003

    The probable reason why listening in on the handheld phone makes it work is that you turn on the handheld before you try to dial out. In the time the handheld is on before the dial-out, the tone returns to the steady dialtone.

    I had a modem like this once in an old computer that would never dial out with the call-waiting beeps, so that's what I would do.
  16. joeinma

    joeinma New Member

    Jan 11, 2002
    You're most likely right. While I would not pick up the phone until after the screen said "dialing" for about 10 seconds, when I did pick up, it was still a dial tone and then would dial and connect.

    Verizon came Tuesday and added a new phone line (this is my in-laws home that we added an addition to) so that my wife and I have our own line in the addition. With this new line, the daily call is working fine now. Part of the problem may have been poor wiring by our electrician. I have a media panel in the basement and he took the other phone's line in the basement and connected a CAT5E cable to in and then to the panel. However, he left wires hanging everywhere and at the panel it looks like he connected the wires from the CAT5E to the wires of another CAT5E line and then ran that to the panel. Where he connected the two lines together, he just wrapped tape around the whole bunch of wires. The Verizon guy fixed all of that for me, matching up the proper wires and then crimping some type of connector on to keep the wires together.
  17. barnburner

    barnburner New Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    First time Tivo user. Just got a R10 a week and a half ago.
    I live in a rural area, so they ordered a toll free number to use for my tivo unit.
    I got the message from direct-tv saying the number was authorized - but -
    when I go into the phone setup - it still shows the local phone number, which is a long distance call for me.
    My local phone company is the directtv provider in this area, and they say they THINK that the number was changed automatically, and the old number showing in the setup doesnt matter.
    Anybody know if they are telling the truth or not?
    I don't want to have to wait a month to find out that they were wrong and then have to argue with them over the long distance charges.

  18. ebonovic

    ebonovic has gone his way...

    Jul 24, 2001
    This would be a first...
    I don't think the DirecTivos have that ability...

    I would actually start a new thread on this, to garner more discussion.

    My recommendation would be to pull the phone cord.
    And only hook it up once a month, and force the call in at that point to the closest number.
  19. leesweet

    leesweet TC Special Member

    Mar 13, 2004
    Northern VA...
    They would have to add the special tollfree to the access number list for your areacode, no? I've not heard of that, either...
  20. cktb2793

    cktb2793 New Member

    Jun 23, 2004
    Or you could just hook your R10 (or any DTivo) to a standalone DVD recorder....the same way you would hook it to a VCR.......I do that and record shows onto DVD all the time.

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