We have had the same receiver (Solo VIP 612) for nearly 10 years, and are now looking at adding a 2nd TV to our house. Is it worth the $100 upgrade to go for a Hopper 3, and the extra cost for a wireless access point, to get a wireless Joey?
From looking at this forum, it appears that pre-Hopper 3 receivers are too slow, but I also see complaints about the Hopper 3 being 'buggy'. It will be hard to get coax to our 2nd TV, so a wireless Joey seems like an attractive choice, but I also see forum users having problems with that unit as well.
The other alternative would be to just get a 2-set receiver, such as the Duo VIP 722k.
I see complaints in this forum that the Hopper 3 is 'buggy', i.e. doesn't always record the shows that were designated. At the same time, it looks like the Hopper 3 is much faster in displaying the channel guide. Likewise, I see some complaints that the wireless Joey doesn't always connect to the Hopper.
I've seen enough online Tech forums to know that they tend to overemphasize problems (after all, that is where users go to resolve problems). Still, I will have to sink some bucks in fees to get this hardware installed, and then will be obligated for 24 months of payments after that. I would be pretty unhappy if the Hopper/Joey setup proved to be troublesome.
Most of us have had the Hopper 3 & Joey's for more than a year with no issues at all, mine have not been buggy & are on for hours everyday. You're right, most of what you read on a forum are complaints, so it's difficult to know just how many customers are satisfied with theirs - it's also safe to assume some of the problems are due to not understanding how to use the equipment/software.