The simple guide to adding a Genie Client

If you have an HR34 Genie HD DVR, you’ve probably been waiting for the Genie Client to come out. It’s a little box the size of a paperback book, completely silent and yet it has full DVR functionality. Installation of a Genie Client is very easy.

To replace an existing receiver with a Genie Client, disconnect the old receiver and connect the Genie client to the coaxial cable and to the TV. To put a Genie Client in a new location, run a new cable from an open port on the splitter to the new location. The Genie Client does not count as a tuner so you don’t need to worry about which splitter you attach it to.

In order to activate the Genie client, you must first add it to your account. Call 1-800-DIRECTV to add a Home Media Center client to your account. They will enable the service for you. You must have an HR34 Genie DVR and be using a SWM system with coax networking.

Once the service is turned on, you must pair the client with the Genie DVR. Start by going to the Genie DVR and pressing {MENU}.

From there, go to Settings&Help, Settings, Whole-Home, Add A Client. A PIN will be displayed on the screen, similar to what you see above.

Power up the Genie client and you will be prompted to enter that PIN. Really that’s all there is to it.

Another nice feature of all Genie boxes is that you can copy settings from another box, including the Genie DVR itself. This means you don’t have to redo your favorites lists and other common settings. The series manager and playlist are provided by the Genie DVR and you can schedule recordings and manage your to-do list right from the client just like you were in front of the Genie DVR.

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Stuart Sweet
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