what is this $40 you are referring to...I have a vip622 and two non-dvr equipped vip211;s.....
It's a one-time charge on your account to enable external storage. Once that happens, you can move recorded programs, including HD, off your 622 and onto a USB drive of your choice. Once it's on an external disk, you can play it there using the receiver to which it's attached, or move it back onto the receiver's internal disk, or onto another receiver's internal disk which is subscribed to the same account. Note that the programs are encrypted once on external storage, so you cannot play them back on your computer. The external storage option is not currently available for the 211, though rumor has it that it's coming real soon now,
along with turning your 211's into DVRs.
so, does this mean that I should hook up my 605 to the vip 622 since it has a dvr? or can i use my 605 dock adn hook it up to my vip 211 non-dvr box and download shows from that one as well?
You can record either way. But since the Dish plug-in is FREE, you most definitely want to use it that way (fast digital copy) if possible. The DVR Station can be used to make a real-time analog copy from either receiver. This obviously will take a bit of time and risk getting messed up if somebody changes channels or callerID is enabled and someone call your telephone.