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5th tuner dilema...

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by jeffmacguy, Jul 26, 2010.

  1. jeffmacguy

    jeffmacguy Cool Member

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    I would like to add a 5th tuner to my installation. I currently have a traditional slimline 5 with a 8-port multi-switch supporting 4 DVR's (HR-2x). I'm running unsupported MRV over my cat 5 home infrastructure.

    Unfortunately, the room where I wish to install the 5th tuner has a single RG-6 run. My preference would be to retro-fit the legacy LNB with SWM, since all tuners are SWM capable. When I called just to request info on how the installer might accomplish this, I was told that the installer would use his discretion depending on available hardware, but that often they would add a second multi-switch and cascade from the first. This seems unnecessarily clunky/cumbersome. As I'd prefer something more eloquent, I considered biting the bullet and paying for the "supported MRV" which would require the installer to make the SWM exchange, in addition to the tuner.

    It seems silly that I'd have to go to this trouble, not to mention the additional expense, just to get the additional tuner with the installation hardware I prefer.

    Is there any way to avoid this?
     
  2. miketorse

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    You can't have a SWM LNB. An extra tuner after 4 DVR's will reach 9 (two per DVR). 8 is the max.
     
  3. dsw2112

    dsw2112 Always Searching

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    What kind of box are you adding (receiver or DVR?) You currently have 8 tuners (4 DVR's @ 2 tuners each) so your next box will either be the 9th or 10th tuner. A SWMLnb will not work for you (as it only supports 8 tuners) and cascading is not an appropriate method of adding a multiswitch. The "correct" approach for anything over 8 tuners is 2 SWM8's in parallel, or a SWM16. If you go with the "whole home DVR" the ONLY correct method is a SWM16.
     
  4. Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

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    If you're adding a receiver, you will have to get a new multiswitch anwyay. Since all are SWiM capable, you might end up with the SWiM-16. See if they'll cut you a break on the Whole Home Installation (with Internet) and that should definitely get you set up the right way.
     
  5. jeffmacguy

    jeffmacguy Cool Member

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    Thanks for all the advice... I placed the order online for an additional tuner, and requested professional installation, which turned out to be free. The charge for the receiver (HD-DVR) was $99, which isn't too bad. I made a note in the "note to installer" space that the Zinwell 8 was maxed out and installation would require a SWM-16. Hopefully, he'll have one on the truck and save himself a return trip.

    I'll update the thread with the final outcome.
     
  6. dsw2112

    dsw2112 Always Searching

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    Just a quick semantics note, you placed an order for 2 tuners :D

    Good luck!
     

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