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SatelliteGuys Guru
Oct 24, 2010
Chicago Norh Suburbs
I've been away from DTV for 2.5 years. Any changes in the Genie/Mini-Genie during this time? Should I opt for the Wireless Mini-Genie vs Wired?

Also Installations seem to be backed up in the Chicago Area due to those of us fleeing DISH.


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Wired is always better than wireless.If you have more than 2 people in the house, you may want to opt for a DVR rather than a mini. One time I ran out of tuners and even with the Genie, I had to work out record times.
I'm in the western burbs. I hadn't heard about an installation backup. But then, I've always performed my own installations.


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Apr 3, 2005
Central Michigan
I'm in a bit of an opposite stance from most on the forum. I switched from having a Genie and multiple HR24 HD-DVR to using the Genie Mini's and I am satisfied.

Yes they are slightly slower, and yes I can only record 5 things instead of 9. But I much prefer having the access to the to-do list, series list, etc from any room and not managing multiple DVRs.
We occasionally have a conflict, but with 5 recordings it is pretty rare and the bumped one is usually a repeat series in syndication that gets recorded later in the night anyway.

I have a C51 and have been happy with its performance. A few years ago when mini's first came out I bought a C31 and was not satisfied with it (very slow). I returned it after only a couple weeks.
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