NICE AND EASY: Does the DIRECTV HR44 or HR54 Genie work with wireless clients?

Wireless installs for DIRECTV are more and more common. New customers love the experience of a Genie 2 server that connects wirelessly to its clients. Installers love it too. There are fewer holes in the wall, higher customer satisfaction, and the installs go more quickly. It’s one of those rare examples of a true Win/Win in the world of subscription television.

Looking at the wireless Genie client

Not the most dramatic thing to look at, this Genie Mini Client does tricks that almost no other cable or satellite box can do. It connects wirelessly to the Genie server. While you do need to plug it into the TV and to the wall, it can go anywhere within about 50 feet of the DVR without the need for a coaxial cable. It’s also lower and sleeker than a traditional client. It gives you the same HD picture and digital sound as a wired client.

A lot of people assume that because the older Genie DVRs have built-in Wi-Fi, that all they need to do is add this wireless client and they’ll be all set. Unfortunately that’s not true. The built-in Wi-Fi is only for connection to the internet and is not used for the wireless client. You also need a Wireless Video Bridge to make a connection with these older DVRs. It’s a specific device that adds this function to older Genies.

The wireless client needs the video bridge because together, they create their own wireless network that doesn’t have all the other traffic on it. If it used the same Wi-Fi as everything else, it could be affected by your Netflix streaming, your working, your web surfing, etc. You don’t want your spouse to come find out what you’ve been searching for, do you? That’s a good reason to have a wireless video bridge.

Which Genie DVRs require a video bridge?

The Wireless Video Bridge is needed for all Genie DVRs except for the Genie 2. If you can watch TV on your Genie DVR, it needs a video bridge. This includes the HR34 Genie, HR44 Genie, and HR54 Genie. The HR34 and HR44 are out of production, but plenty of people like the HR54 Genie because it gives you more flexibility than the Genie 2. With an HR54, you can still have other receivers and DVRs in your system. It’s also the right choice for folks with RVs who want to have a receiver in their RV.

Find out more

If you’re looking to upgrade your DIRECTV system, shop at Solid Signal for the same parts and accessories the professionals use. You’ll find everything you need. If you’re not sure what you need, get some help! Call us at 888-233-7563 during East Coast business hours. You’ll reach a real technician in our Novi, Michigan corporate offices. They’ll be able to give you all the help you need. If you’re looking for more information on this wireless client and how to install it, check out these tutorials:

DIRECTV C41W Wireless Mini Genie Client and Wireless Video Bridge
Advanced C41W Wireless Genie Mini Client Troubleshooting

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Stuart Sweet
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