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help adding a 5th dvr

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by steelerfanmike, Dec 24, 2011.

  1. steelerfanmike

    steelerfanmike Legend

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    (current old setup) 4 wires coming from the dish to a zinwell wb68.
    2 wires going to 4 dvr's. thinking about buying another wb68 since the 6x16 is soo exspensive. What kind of splitters would I need to put on the 4 wires coming from the dish. I know what todo after that.

    thanks in advance

    ps I don't want help with the new technology single wire stuff.... LOL
     
  2. steelerfanmike

    steelerfanmike Legend

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    OOOHHHH by the way GREAT job on the new GUIDE (software) love it!!!
     
  3. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

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    high frequency (2150 MHz) dual port power passing splitters (i.e., they must pass dc power on both ports of the splitter). Make sure you keep the outputs of each splitter going to the same input on the two WB68's.
     
  4. Shades228

    Shades228 DaBears

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    I wouldn't recommend 2 6x8's at all. Either spend the cast on a 6x16 or go with a SWM.
     
  5. Valve1138

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    Why no SWM?

    BTW, if you buy a dvr and call D to activate they should send someone out with a SWM-16 and install it for free.

    They did for me. :)
     
  6. steelerfanmike

    steelerfanmike Legend

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    why not? should be plenty of power from all the receivers no?
     
  7. steelerfanmike

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    thanks Carl
     
  8. steelerfanmike

    steelerfanmike Legend

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    but I had the receiver laying around, not sure if they'll do that.
    just found two Zinwell SAM-4803 (powered) would they work instead of ordering another WB68
     
  9. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Hope you don't want HD through that one. :nono:
    WB stands for "wide band" for the HD SATs
     
  10. steelerfanmike

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    OKAY... Great guys, I think I have all I need... One more wb68 and 4 2150 mhz splitters. But on those splitters what the low #'s have to be???
     
  11. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Between the switch(es) and the dish, the lowest frequency is 250 MHz.
     
  12. steelerfanmike

    steelerfanmike Legend

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    great thank you....... Please close this thread.
     
  13. DarkLogix

    DarkLogix Godfather

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    Why the SWM hate?

    oh well, good luck
     
  14. steelerfanmike

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    cause Directv makes me pay for it. Have to take time off of work,etc
     
  15. doctrsnoop

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    I've seen SWM16's for 70-80 on eBay, if you're patient you can snag one at that price. If you consider the cost of the splitters and another WB68 you're almost halfway there.
     
  16. cabletech

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    Go to solidsignal.com and get a WB68 wide band 6in 8 out switch, $52.00 This is a lot easier and by the time you get splitters and all the other stuff you will be within a few bucks.
     
  17. Shades228

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    Has nothing to do with powering the switch it has to do with signal loss and how these setups are notorious for being more susceptible to rain fade and 771 during inclement weather. You're also sticking with legacy switch's and all of the new tech coming out will be SWM only.


    DIRECTV would charge you $49 for installation to upgrade your setup with the right equipment. You would get better signal strength and have the ability to expand with newer technology that is coming out if you wanted.
     
  18. steelerfanmike

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    thats why I lose my signal in moderate to heavy rain??? The SWM will make that much of a differents?????
    If I get the extra WB68 it'll get worse???
     
  19. Shades228

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    Depending on the rain, heavy rain, will still happen however in the lesser storms you may keep your signal.

    Now here's where I start to get a little out of my element so I'll post my understanding and then let VoS correct me when he gets around to it.

    When you add splitters you're reducing your signal db. Non powered switch's won't compensate for the loss where a SWM is powered and will amplify the signal to a set rating. Because the signal gets amplified to a set rating this can help mitigate rain fade and other weather issues.
     
  20. steelerfanmike

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    thanks for the info.... I will call them 2marow (Directv) to see how much $

    one more ? If I get the SWM how many ports will I have? And my old equiptment will handle it?
    1- hr23-700
    3- hr20-700
    1 ? forgot LOL
     

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