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6 Genie Minis - What do I need

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by sdotson, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. Beerstalker

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    Are you sure about this? I thought you could have as many as 15 paired at the same time, you just can't watch live TV or recordings on more than 3 at once. I thought if you tried turning on others it just shows you a screen saying all streams are being used and you need to turn off one of the other clients.
     
  2. RAD

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    You can have no more then 8 clients paried to a HMC with only three active at one time.
     
  3. RAD

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    The issue would be tuner count. If you stay at 8 tuners and under they can install a SWiM LNB which has only one coax line from the dish into the house and then a power inserter and a splitter.

    If you go 9 to 16 tuners then you'll need a SWiM16 switch install. That means four coax runs from the dish into the house/garage and a SWiM16 switch and power supply would be installed plus any required splitters.

    Either way, DIRECTV will supply as part of the install whatever is required to support the number of tuners on the account.
     
  4. Beerstalker

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    OK, so it's 8 not 15. Still the OP should be fine using 6. I was just looking to verify that Carl6 was incorrect, and you can have more than 3 clients paired at one time. The OP shouldn't have to worry about unpairing/pairing clients all the time unless he calls DirecTV and turns them off so he doesn't have to pay the $6/month.
     
  5. RAD

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    If they called to unpair a client to stop paying the $6/month charge they would also then need to send back the client since it's a leased box, of course unless it's a Samsung RVU client TV.
     
  6. TomCat

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    Solid copper anything is pretty unusual. Most RG6 is stainless steel center conductor copper clad. The reason that works is the "skin" effect; high frequency RF tends to travel on the outside of the conductor anyway, rather than equally through the mass of the CC. Braid is rarely copper anymore, either.

    I think what might be more important is the amount of shielding. If you are running any two cables together in the same conduit that may carry the same frequency carriers, they can bleed from one to the other, although it would be difficult for that to thwart digital decoding. It still could contribute, however, and if you get any burps it can only make them worse.

    Most RG6 is 75% shielded while cheap stuff is not even that, 67% or below. It used to not matter in conventional L-band distribution because there was never anything at the same frequency to interfere, but these days harmonics and shared frequencies are abundant in RF distribution. You may want to spring for quad shield, which is usually about 96-97% shielded.

    Just stay away from the cheap stuff; since you have a golden opportunity (open walls) it would be a shame to not take full advantage.
     

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