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Can someone explain this install to me?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by mynameisjason, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. mynameisjason

    mynameisjason Cool Member

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    Had a install done last night. Added another DVR and had to go from a SWM 8 to a SWM 16. I have no problem with this set-up. Everything works, and the installer asked me before he was done if I wanted the cabling shorted up any. To me it is fine.

    But why did he use the 8 along with the 16? Is this normal? Curious more than anything. Pardon my dirty patio.

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  2. Jacob Braun

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    That's fine. He used an 8-way splitter (I am assuming this was already there?) in addition to the two-way splitter. Personally I would have used a 4-way splitter and ran a dedicated line up to the SWM-Power connector, but that's just me.

    And your patio is much neater than mine! :D
     
  3. Drucifer

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    That's not a SWiM 8. That's a splitter. Other then that ,he could of use a 4-way splitter. But even with an 8-way splitter, it looks like a well done job.
     
  4. dennisj00

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    Was the 8-way splitter already there? If so, he probably left it alone to just put it on one side of the 16 output.

    I've been present at 3 recent installs of friends and family and the installers didn't have any 4 ways. Not a problem with short cable lengths.
     
  5. mynameisjason

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    Oops...I thought that the splitter was a SWM 8. Sorry.

    Yes, the splitter was from the original install in December 2011.
     
  6. Bill Broderick

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    I'm betting that you didn't have a SWM-8 with your original install. You probably had a SWM LNB, on your dish, that ran directly to the 8-way splitter. If so, the installer would have replaced the SWM LNB with a non-SWM LNB and ran the three additional cables, that he had to add, along with the original cable that ran to the splitter, into the new SWM-16. He then ran one output of the SWM-16 to the 8 way splitter. I have no idea why he installed the 2-way splitter for the other cable.
     
  7. peds48

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    I I have no idea why he installed the 2-way splitter for the other cable.
    yup, wonder the same myself


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  8. Vin

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    I believe the TS added a fifth DVR, hence the reason for replacing the SWM LNB with the SWM16 in the first place. The fact that it looks like there are only three outputs being used from the 8-way is what threw you and peds48 but if you look closely you'll see the 4th cable.
     
  9. Bill Broderick

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    I understand why he went to a SWM-16. What doesn't make sense it that the SWM2 output goes to a 2-way splitter, where only one of the outputs active and the other output is terminated (the splitter right above the SWM-16). This 2-way splitter doesn't do anything other then decrease the signal strength of the SWM2 output.
     
  10. Supramom2000

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    For the flexibility to add another receiver down the line?
     
  11. Bill Broderick

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    I thought of that. But then came to the conclusion that the hardest part about adding a new receiver, in the pictured system, would be running a new cable into the house and to the new receiver. Adding a 2 way splitter and a jumper would be the easy part.
     
  12. Vin

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    Ahhh, I thought you were questioning why the SWM2 output was being used at all, assuming you thought only 6 tuners were being fed from the SWM1 output. Now I see your point. :grin:
     
  13. peds48

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    For the flexibility to add another receiver down the line?
    even if that was the case, I would add the splitter an THAT point then.


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