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How many Xi3 companion box can connect to XG1?

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How many Xi3 companion box can connect to XG1?

I have 5 TV/Room in the house, when I placed the order online, it allow me to add 1 DVR, and 4 Companion Boxes.  When the tech got to my house, he said you can only have 3 Xi3 companion boxes for 1 XG1 DVR, and that's the limit.  He tried to add the 4th one and it just won't activate.

 

So I opt for another XG1 DVR to complete the 5th room installation.  My question is, since the XG1 has 6 tuners now, why can't I have 4 Xi3 install with 1 XG1?  Is 3 really the limit?  Also, by adding another XG1 DVR, will I be paying $20 instead of $9.95?

 

Thanks for any info!


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Re: How many Xi3 companion box can connect to XG1?

Comcast designed the system to allow a max of 3 Xi3s per DVR to make sure there is at least a couple of tuners left to record.  Instead of adding a 2nd DVR, the tech could have used an XG2.  That is a non-DVR with 4 tuners.  The Xi3s would take tuners from there, leaving the DVR tuners for recording (and the TV it's connected to).  But at least with 2 DVRs you have more recording capacity, which seems to be a big issue on X1.

 

On another note, I'm concerned that there are techs out there doing installs that don't know the rules of the system.


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Regular Contributor

Re: How many Xi3 companion box can connect to XG1?

Comcast designed the system to allow a max of 3 Xi3s per DVR to make sure there is at least a couple of tuners left to record.  Instead of adding a 2nd DVR, the tech could have used an XG2.  That is a non-DVR with 4 tuners.  The Xi3s would take tuners from there, leaving the DVR tuners for recording (and the TV it's connected to).  But at least with 2 DVRs you have more recording capacity, which seems to be a big issue on X1.

 

On another note, I'm concerned that there are techs out there doing installs that don't know the rules of the system.

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Re: How many Xi3 companion box can connect to XG1?


apexi350z wrote:

I have 5 TV/Room in the house, when I placed the order online, it allow me to add 1 DVR, and 4 Companion Boxes.  When the tech got to my house, he said you can only have 3 Xi3 companion boxes for 1 XG1 DVR, and that's the limit.  He tried to add the 4th one and it just won't activate.

 

So I opt for another XG1 DVR to complete the 5th room installation.  My question is, since the XG1 has 6 tuners now, why can't I have 4 Xi3 install with 1 XG1?  Is 3 really the limit?  Also, by adding another XG1 DVR, will I be paying $20 instead of $9.95?

 

Thanks for any info!


In some markets 3 is the limit. Instead of a DVR ( and paying the extra $20) you could have and should have had installed an XG2 ( best option, if available) or an RNG 150 for a the $9.95.

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Re: How many Xi3 companion box can connect to XG1?

Thank you all for the replies.  If XG2 is an option, and cost less, I may just go to the service center and exchange the 2nd X1 DVR for the XG2. 

 

I agreed the technician should've given me this option when he was here, when he realized the 4th Xi3 was not going to be activated.

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Re: How many Xi3 companion box can connect to XG1?

The XG2 would then provide the tuners freeing up all the X1 dvrs. for satellites you would have xg2, xi3 x 3. some on this board have xg2's instead of xi3's.

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Re: How many Xi3 companion box can connect to XG1?

Are XG2 boxes voice remote compatible?  And what about RNG150 boxes?  Are they compatible with voice remotes?

Official Employee

Re: How many Xi3 companion box can connect to XG1?

XG2-yes
RNG150-no