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Considering Going from Unsupported Setup To DECA

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by dminches, Jul 8, 2012.

  1. Jul 8, 2012 #1 of 10
    dminches

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    I have an unsupported deca-less setup with the following equipment:

    SWM16 switch
    2 8-way splitters (green label)
    2 HR-24s
    4 HR-20-100s/700s

    I have 6 tuners on each of the splitters and a PI on one of the splitters.

    I believe I need 4 DECAs for each of the HR-20s and 4 BSFs too?

    Do I also need a DECA PI? Where does this go?

    Finally, do I need something else to bridge the system to my network switch? I have several in the house so I can flexibility in where I connect the DECA setup to my home network.

    FWIW, I am thinking of making the change because my setup is not always reliable. Sometimes I cannot see one DVR's playlist from another DVR and have to reboot them to get it to work. Maybe the change won't resolve this. Who knows?
     
  2. Jul 8, 2012 #2 of 10
    Sixto

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    Switch to 4-way splitters (less loss), one on each SWiM-16 port. Can also do one 4-way and two 2-ways which I think is even less loss, at least for 1 of the legs.
    I'd power the SWiM-16 on the power port. I usually avoid powering thru the receiver legs.
    4 DECA dongles for the non HR24s. The HR20-700 is easy to connect, the HR20-100 is tricky and there's a thread by VOS here that describes the connection.
    No need for BSFs other then maybe the HR20-100 depending on how you hook it up (see the VOS thread).
    Need CInema Connection Kit (CCK) to bridge to Internet. There's a Coax and Ethernet connection.

    Good luck, it should work great.
     
  3. Jul 8, 2012 #3 of 10
    veryoldschool

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  4. Jul 8, 2012 #4 of 10
    dminches

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    VOS, I did read that thread but there is either conflicting or inconsistent information. For example, what do I use to bridge to my home network, the DCCK? Also, can you confirm that I don't need a BSF?

    In this thread http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=203733 the OP talks about needing a BSF. I am not sure how his setup differs from mine.
     
  5. Jul 8, 2012 #5 of 10
    Rtm

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    I'm still having issues on supported, I changed for the same reason.
     
  6. Jul 8, 2012 #6 of 10
    The Merg

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    A CCK is needed to bridge the DECA cloud to your home network. There are two versions: the wired CCK and the wireless CCK. The wired version needs its own coax and is then hardwired via Ethernet to your router. The wireless version is what you will get if you order it from DirecTV. This one can be installed in-line on a coax to a receiver and can connect wirelessly back to your router or it can be hardwired.

    With regard to the HR20-100, when connecting a DECA, you may or may not need a BSF. It depends on how you hook it up. For all other DVRs that use a DECA, they are powered using the SAT1 input of the DVR. The HR20-100 cannot power the DECA from SAT1 so it needs to be connected to SAT2. So, if you have the DECA and between the DECA and receiver you have a splitter with the outputs going to the DVR, no BSF is needed. If you have the splitter first so one output goes to SAT1 and the other goes to the DECA which then in turn goes to SAT2, you need a BSF at SAT1.

    - Merg
     
  7. Jul 8, 2012 #7 of 10
    veryoldschool

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    This post: http://www.dbstalk.com/showpost.php?p=2934386&postcount=6

    Has two ways, where one doesn't need a BSF, and the other does, "simply" because of the change to the placement of the splitter.
     
  8. Jul 8, 2012 #8 of 10
    dminches

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    Gotcha.

    Do I need a second PI to power the DECA? I have one to power the SWM 16 switch. If yes, where does it need to be inserted?
     
  9. Jul 8, 2012 #9 of 10
    veryoldschool

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    Sort of depends on the DECA used.
    If it's a white one that connects to a receiver for power, but is to be used without a receiver, then yes and 18 volt PI is needed and shown in "the thread".
    If it's a [black] BB DECA or what's now called a CCK, it has it's own power supply.
     
  10. Stuart Sweet

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    The 18v power supplies are pretty much impossible to get now. Use a cck instead of a DECA where power is needed.
     

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