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HD DVR connections - need two coax connects

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by drags, Oct 2, 2009.

  1. Oct 2, 2009 #1 of 12
    drags

    drags Cool Member

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    I was going to move my HD DVR box to a new location in the house but soon realized that I only have one coax cable connect there. Obviously, I losse the ability to watch something while recording on another channel, and also lose the ability to record two shows simultanously. Is there away to rectify this without adding another connection? Splitter or anything?

    TIA
     
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    hdtvfan0001

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    wildbill129

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    The answer...it depends. You might be able to self-upgrade to SWM (see the above link by hdtvfan0001) which would allow you to use the single cable. You would need to swap out your LNB with a SWM LNB or buy a SWM8 switch. The SWM8 would allow you to use a single line on your HD DVR, and there are a few legacy ports for older receivers that are not SWM compatible.

    What does the rest of your set-up look like? Do you have a multiswitch? How many receivers do you have....??
     
  4. Oct 2, 2009 #4 of 12
    Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    IMHO, the SWM LNB is the way to go. I just unscrewed the LNB that came with my dish and screwed on the new one. Then I was able to run one wire to everything (upto eight tuners). :)

    Mike
     
  5. Oct 2, 2009 #5 of 12
    bixler

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    If you are only ever going to use/need 8 tuners.
     
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    JLucPicard

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    It also depends on what model the HD DVR is - some are not SWM capable and would still need two lines to maximize functionality.
     
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    The Merg

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    I thought the entire HR2x series was SWM capable. Is that not right? Or are you still counting the HR10-250 as a HD-DVR, which while technically true, is more of a SD-DVR nowadays when it comes to satellite.

    - Merg
     
  8. Oct 2, 2009 #8 of 12
    LameLefty

    LameLefty I used to be a rocket scientist

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    To clarify something, you do NOT lose the ability to watch one recorded program while recording another; you only lose the use of two tuners at once.

    However, that said, an SWM LNB upgrade would be very easy. Even an SWM8 upgrade is not that hard; I did it myself about a year ago. :)
     
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    The Merg

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    That coming from the rocket scientist, I'll take with a grain of salt... :)

    - Merg
     
  10. JLucPicard

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    For some reason at the time I posted I thought the HR20 wasn't. I was way off base on that. Teach me to not post about any technical aspects when I'm at work! :lol:

    Thanks for straightening me out! :eek2:
     
  11. David MacLeod

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    salty salt too :)
    I upgraded to swm-8 last year, took me 15 minutes to place unit inline since I already had a good location.
     
  12. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    I replaced an AT9 with a swmLine5, took about 30 minutes. Much happier, much less rainfade. A simple LNB swap would be easier still.
     

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