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Building a new Home and Need advise

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by NoviGuy, May 18, 2014.

  1. NoviGuy

    NoviGuy New Member

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    Hello everyone this is my first post. I moved to Michiagn @ 1.5 years ago and we are currently building our dream home. I've had the home "pre-wired" for a future home control system (i.e Sevant or Control4) . I was a Directv customer ever since the beginning (90's) I've not been on Directv since 2012 (living in rental while house under construction) I am planning to use DirecTv again in my new home. However I have a few questions on installation and set up as things seem to have changed in the last few years.
    1. I will have multiple TV's (8, but not running at same time) and I really do not want Set-top boxes ($$) as all TVs will be wall mounted. I am using all Samsung Smart Tv's with (RVU) Supposed to not need set top boxes, is that correct (Pros -cons?) I was told in needs something called a DECA (?) to convert everything over coax. I have everything home run to each TV location and I have 4 RG6 cables run to the attic for connection to Dish location. Is that enough? ( i based this on my old home and the LMB) Is this still approporiate?
    2. Each room/tv location will have (2) RG6, (2) Cat 5, (2) Cat 6. Does the Genie HAVE TO work over Coax or can I use one of the network cables? I was hoping not to have to add a bunch of electric outlets behind the TV's for the DECA
    3. Does anyone know of an experienced installer in Novi Michigan?

    Thanks in advance for your expertise

    Sean
     
  2. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    1. RVU TVs work with either coax and a DECA adapter (with power supply) or straight ethernet. Keep in mind that one Genie will serve 4 locations at the same time, with the Genie being one of them.

    2. The Genie must get coax from the satellite but you can connect ethernet to it for your LAN connection or you can use DECA as well

    3. I was told that Solidsignal was out Michigan. They are a good company to deal with.
     
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  3. carl6

    carl6 Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    By relying totally on clients, you will have some limitations on supporting 8 viewing locations.

    The Genie will serve a maximum of three clients at one time. If the client is watching live TV, it also uses one of the Genie tuners (of which there are 5). With the Genie at one of the TV locations, serving it directly, you could watch at a maximum of four locations at once (one of which has to be the Genie), and you could record a maximum of two shows, one of which would have to be watched on the Genie local TV.

    By using actual receivers at some of the TV locations, you can mitigate some of these limitations. You need to decide the pros and cons of having a set top box at some of the tv locations.
     
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  4. unixguru

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    One word - conduit. With suspended ceilings where necessary to allow access to the conduit (for example when its a long distance or many turns). Suspended ceiling doesn't have to look ugly - can get in wood, etc.

    Anything you do based on current technology will certainly be obsolete in the not too distant future.

    If I were building a dream house today I'd put all the Directv boxes in one place in the basement behind an HDMI matrix switch with HDMI extenders - wired through conduit.

    You are aware that you will pay the client subscription fee even for your RVU TVs?
     
  5. Bill Broderick

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    On a monhly basis, RVU TV's will have the same $6 per month cost that receivers do. So, other than any upfront costs, there won't be any savings. Given the additional cost of RVU enabled Samsungs (over similar non-RVU enabled TV's) there is no saving at all.

    Since you need something to plug your TV's into, I assume that there will already be an outlet behind each TV. So, plugging a DECA converter shouldn't be an issue. Some of the DirecTV HD receivers are extremely small and can be mounted to the back of a wall mounted TV. So, keep that in mind when you are making decisions.

    Unless you're getting a big house for a very small number of people, for 8 TV's, I think that you will want a Genie, at least 2 HD DVR's, at least 2 HD receivers and no more than 3 clients. If there are some TV's where you can be 100% certain that they won't be on at the same time as one another, you can increase the number of clients (as long as those TV's are used as clients).
     
  6. Rickt1962

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  7. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    I would certainly leave the HDMI per every jack out of the "equation"
     
  8. trh

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    Rick -- why 3 RG6 to the roof/2 for DirecTV? I thought if you're going over 8 tuners, you need 4 cables from the dish to the SWM16 as the TS is doing.

    TS - You said 4 RG6 to the dish and 2 RG6 to each TV location. So you're second RG6 to each TV location will be for OTA? If so, you have a wire going from your central location to your external HD antenna?
     
  9. inkahauts

    inkahauts DIRECTV A-Team

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    Add a wire to the roof for over the air just in case no matter what.

    And how many people will be in your house? Parents kids etc? I think it's better to chose equipment based on how it will be used. And where are all the tvs?
     
  10. slice1900

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    I agree. Trying to run HDMI over any distance is just asking for trouble. You almost have to install the HDMI cable runs from the get-go because you can't add connectors yourself, so you'd need to pull them through with connectors attached. That would not be easy to do! You can use Redmere cables for long runs, but they're not cheap. Considering the price and hassle of trying to run HDMI, I'd highly recommend you use cat5 HDMI extenders. There's also a new HDbaseT standard coming up soon that would allow plugging a cat5 cable directly into the back of the TV to feed it HDMI. Hopefully it catches on, but you never can tell what will catch on and what won't.

    If you use HDMI extenders you can connect TVs to remote receivers hidden in a closet or basement. Sure, you could use a matrix switch, but with only 8 TVs it isn't really cost effective. If it were me, I'd have the Genie and 4 receivers/DVRs connected to 5 TVs via HDMI extenders (using RF remotes) and 3 TVs using RVU. That is going to be the simplest and IMHO best solution.

    If some of the RVU TVs are not often used (like guest rooms) you can deactivate them with Directv when not in use to save the monthly fee.
     
  11. harsh

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    Ask around before you invest in RVU TVs.

    If you really do go this way, any coax could be wasted as no TVs (Samsung or otherwise) currently feature DECA. It isn't certain that they'll be compatible with DIRECTV's wireless solution either.

    You should also investigate whether wall mounting is really what you want to do. It may look hip, but there can be compromises if you go ignore the issue of viewing angles (both horizontal and vertical).
     
  12. slice1900

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    Directv uses standard wireless. Stop making crap up.
     
  13. samrs

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    You should keep in mind that the farther you deviate from a standard installation the less support you will get from Directv Techs if there is a problem. You would most likely be left to sort the issue out yourself or hire a third party.

    The newer receivers H25's and clients have wall mounts designed to go behind flat screens to keep them out of sight. They also use RF Remotes.
     
  14. woollybully

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    Bulk Cat6 is only about $.05/ft more than Cat5e so why not use that instead? If you can swing it, use Cat6a for future proof although it is currently about twice as much as Cat6. The difference is significant between the standards. Cat5e=100 MHz, Cat6=250 MHz, Cat6a=500MHz. With Cat5/6 you can run many things beyond networking inlcuding HDMI up to 100m, home automation, even centralized LED lighting. IMHO, you cannot run enough Cat5/6 cable to each room. Also, Cat6 will absolutely be the most future proof of any cabling you can run.
     
  15. harsh

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    So you can guarantee that any RVU capable TV can work fully with DIRECTV's Wireless Video Bridge?
     
  16. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

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    Yes.
     
  17. Rickt1962

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    One is for DTV and the other for FTA and one for Backup incase a wire goes bad during install or lightening hit etc etc since the Outside wire is the hardest to fish through a home. Since I am a Home builder I seen my fair share of oops the staple messed up the wire to the plumber accidently cutting it.
     
  18. slice1900

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    So I take it the two coaxes are routed differently? If they aren't, one oops/staple might get them both...
     
  19. NoviGuy

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    Thanks! Have conduit run to each floor.. Didn't know there was a per/client fee.. Bummer
     
  20. NoviGuy

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    Didn't know there was a per client fee.. hmmm need rethink this
     

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