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Old 2012-04-25, 07:32 PM   #391
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The WHPVR setup can only support up to 2 8642s and up to 6 4642s. Replacing all your 8300s with 8642s will be pointless for the WHPVR setup.
I have three 8642 and 1 4642, a bit clunky but works.
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Old 2012-04-25, 07:47 PM   #392
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you can only have 4 cisco box 1 of which has to be a pvr 6 boxes will NOT work @ this time!
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Old 2012-04-26, 07:43 AM   #393
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6 Boxes, 2 of which being 8642s is supported but is not considered the "optimum" experience. It will work but expect more slowdowns.
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Old 2012-04-27, 09:44 PM   #394
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Thanks guys - I think I will go with a single 8642 (with extra external storage) and 3 4642s. The only reason I could see for going with a second 8642 would be the ability to record more than 2 shows at once. The need arises so rarely that probably not worth the extra cost.
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Old 2012-05-02, 10:55 AM   #395
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I moved this weekend. On Sunday, my WHPVR was set to be done. First thing, all my bloody boxes downgraded the firmware to Sara, then the tech had the new firmware sent to them all again.

Lost all my recordings. URG. Oh well, I watched almost everything in case something happened during my move anyways.

Everything is working like a charm, no issues. Filter installed at the cabinet at my condo. An additional filter was installed by my internet cable modem, even though we detected no issues.
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Old 2012-05-02, 01:08 PM   #396
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That's promising to hear. How responsive are the 4642s when playing back a recorded show?
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Old 2012-05-14, 04:38 PM   #397
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Actually, the playback and scrolling through the list is as fast as my main pvr. I am thoroughly impressed. Clearly, many of the whole home issues have been resolved.
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Old 2012-06-12, 04:48 AM   #398
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Issues I've noted (in addition to the issue chammer101 mentioned where the Folders that display multiple episodes of a program occasionally seem to contain non-related programs, and sometimes even other folders). Of course I still have the issues mentioned in the new IPG thread, but these seem specific to Whole Home PVR.

- Saturday evening (2012/06/09) I had "Concert for the Queen: A diamond Jubilee" set to record on Ch. 522-HDABC from 8:00-10:00p on BOTH my 8642's. I looked around 10:30p at "My Recordings" and saw a recording for TOMORROW at 12:00 (Sun 6/10) with that name on my LIVING ROOM 8642, along with the same show showing as 8:00-10:00p. The show that was correctly showing as 8:00-10:00p was the one actually recorded on the LIVING ROOM 8642, and would play back correctly. When I tried to play the one that was showing as 12:00-12:01a (recorded on the BASEMENT 8642) the screen stayed on the my Recordings screen but appeared "greyed out". Audio continued to play in the background but the PVR would no longer respond to any inputs from the remote, but after 5 minutes the video went back to just showing the tuned channel (program guide disappeared from screen) and remote started working again (similar thing happened when trying to play an 8642 recorded program back on my 4642 on 2012/06/04 and I powered it off/on to get the box to respond to remote control commands again). The recording in the My Recordings list showed in details at bottom of screen as:
"Concert for the Queen: A Diamond Jubilee C"
Sun 6/10 12:00-12:01a
(Other)

(It did NOT display the Channel number/name like all other recordings).
Trust Rogers to miss another opportunity If they've programmed in the capability to record programs from the future, how about recording something useful, like a news broadcast with future winning lottery numbers?
Anyway, I went to the bedroom and checked on the BEDROOM 4642. In My Recordings it showed the two recordings of "Concert for the Queen: A diamond Jubilee" both as 8:00-10:00p. The one from the LIVING ROOM 8642 played back correctly. When trying to play back the one from the BASEMENT 8642 I got the same frozen "greyed out" display that I got when trying to play the show on the LIVING ROOM 8642 (that was recorded on the BASEMENT 8642).
When I went down to the BASEMENT 8642 it also showed both recordings of this show as 8:00-10:00p AND it would play back BOTH copies successfully (the one recorded on that 8642, and the one on the LIVING ROOM 8642).
I rebooted the BEDROOM 4642 and the LIVING ROOM 8642.
After the reboot the LIVING ROOM 8642 correctly showed both recordings as 8:00-10:00 (no more 12:00-12:01a with the wrong date), and it would play back the recording from both 8642's.
After the reboot the BEDROOM 4642 would also play back the show recorded on both 8642's.
So it seems each 4642/8642 might maintain it's own view of what is recorded on the other boxes in the Whole Home network, but that they can get corrupted sometimes and they appear to rebuild this view when they are rebooted.

- another problem with Whole Home PVR recordings. I recorded "Formula One Post-race" on Ch.54-SPDHD 2012/06/11 01:30-02:00a on my BASEMENT 8642.
It shows correctly and plays OK on the BASEMENT 8642 and the BEDROOM 4642.
On my LIVING ROOM 8642 the listing appears as:
"Formula One Post-Race"
Mon 6/11 05:00-05:01a
(Other)

So when this recording from the BASEMENT 8642 is viewed on the LIVING ROOM 8642 the recorded time is incorrect, the program length is incorrect, the Channel number/name is missing, and it just shows "(Other)" instead of the program description (all of which show correctly on the BASEMENT 8642 and BEDROOM 4642).
Trying to Play (or Delete) the recording on the LIVING ROOM 8642 causes the same "greyed out" appearance on the program guide and the remote becomes unresponsive (for about 5 minutes until it seems to clear itself, or until you power off/on the 8642).
Again it was necessary to reboot the LIVING ROOM 8642 to correct the listing of recorded programs on the BASEMENT 8642 and be able to Play the "Formula One Post-Race" using the Whole Home PVR function.
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Old 2012-07-21, 11:49 AM   #399
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I'm a bit confused about the requirements for whole home pvr. The Rogers website FAQ lists the following:

Up to two NextBox™ HD PVR
A NextBox HD Terminal
Two or more active digital outlets

When I called Rogers to renew my contract, I said I want WHPVR and the installation fee waived which they agreed to. However the CSR came back a minute later saying I don't have Rogers HiSpeed Internet and a Gateway modem (I'm on TekSavvy) so I don't qualify for WHPVR. As far as I can tell, the only need for a wifi connection is to stream to a tablet, which I don't care about. Can I still get WHPVR without Rogers internet?
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Old 2012-07-21, 02:57 PM   #400
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I am also on TekSavvy, and there were no issues in getting the WHPVR setup in our house. I think this CSR is mistaken.
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Old 2012-07-21, 03:23 PM   #401
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No internet is required. The rep seems uninformed and probably thinks that customers must subscribe to a Nextbox promotion which does require internet in order to get WHPVR.
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Old 2012-07-22, 12:23 AM   #402
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fattest: When you get the WHPVR, ENSURE the tech that installs it puts a filter on your modem. This is apparently important. He might not remember to do it, since you don't have your internet supplied directly by Rogers. I assume you are using Tek cable internet via Rogers backend.
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Old 2012-07-23, 03:14 PM   #403
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Question to those of you with whole home setup:
On the whole home system where you can watch a recorded program in another room can you also delete and/or set up programs to be recorded from the other room.
With Eastlink in NS you can only PLAY recorded programs, you cannot delete them or set up new programs to be recorded.
Please let me know what Rogers Toronto allows you to do.
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Old 2012-07-23, 04:17 PM   #404
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You cannot setup any recordings using a stardard set-top box, you must be at your pvr. Deleting works from anywhere, however.
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Old 2012-07-26, 10:41 AM   #405
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Hi,
Can someone from Toronto confirm if you can do the following from the secondary units:
1. Program new shows to be recorded ?
2. Delete recorded programs ?
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