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Help installing broadband DECA

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by vanzant, Mar 30, 2011.

  1. vanzant

    vanzant New Member

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    I purchased a directv broadband deca unit on ebay DECABB1MR0-01. Now I need help installing it because I have no clue what I'm doing. I've read several other posts but still can't figure it out. :(

    I've attached a diagram of my setup its not complicated. The diagram lists my equipment models, etc.

    Thanks for your help!!!
     

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  2. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    Are there any open ports off the splitter? You'll need a coax to the DECA.
     
  3. David Ortiz

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    Your broadband DECA needs a coax line from your green label splitter and an ethernet connection to your router. Is your splitter 2-, 4-, or 8-way?
     
  4. vanzant

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    The splitter is only a 2 way. :(

    Anyone know the cheapest brick and mortar place to pick up a 4 way? Radio Shack maybe? I hate to order one and have to wait on it to arrive.
     
  5. sigma1914

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    It's recommended to buy an approved green labeled splitter.
     
  6. David Ortiz

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    Your best bet would be a local independent satellite dealer.
     
  7. The Merg

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    Check out Solid Signal for the splitter. With regard to your setup, would it be easier to run another coax from the main splitter to where you will have the Broadband DECA or do you have access to ethernet to your router near one of your receivers. If the latter, get a 2-way splitter and put it behind the receiver. One output goes to the receiver and the other to the Broadband DECA. In this case, you will also need two small RG6 jumper cables to go from the splitter to the receiver and the Broadband DECA.

    - Merg
     
  8. vanzant

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    I think I got it, just to confirm I've re-posted a new diagram showing the way I think it should be setup. Can someone double check it?

    In regards to my setup, the splitter is right beside my router.
     

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  9. sigma1914

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    Looks good...Remember, the DECA needs a power supply.
     
  10. Go Beavs

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    Broadband BECA's are supposed to come with a power adapter. The DECA and power supply are even packaged in the same box. Hopefully, the OP got one with his/her purchase.
     
  11. vanzant

    vanzant New Member

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    Yeap got the power supply for the deca, I just didn't show it on the diagram.

    So after this setup, how do I know if my receiver is getting an internet connection?

    Right now I have MRV and I assume the DECA will allow me to watch VOD and use Directv2PC. Anything else it'll do? Is VOD free? What channels are they on?
     
  12. Go Beavs

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    Re-run your network setup to make sure the receiver pulls an IP address from your router. It should tell you if it's successful when it's finished.

    Another test is to hit the right arrow and see if TVAPPS come up.

    Some VOD is free and is in the 1000's. Add a 1 in front of a channel you subscribe to and that's where its VOD equivalent should be (if there is one). For example, enter 1501 to see HBO VOD. Some stuff (Directv Cinema) is PPV though and will show up with a '$' next to it.
     
  13. David Ortiz

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    An alternative is to connect the bedroom DVR directly to the 4-way splitter, leaving the SWM power inserter on the power passing port of the 4-way splitter and terminating the IRD out of the power inserter instead of the 4th output of the 4-way splitter.

    Some VOD is free. If you subscribe to any premium channels, their corresponding VOD channel content is available. In the menu, start exploring Cinema Plus. Some of the content is newer movies that get downloaded automatically to your DVRs. The newer content is not free.
     
  14. WestDC

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    "Some of the content is newer movies that get downloaded automatically to your DVRs. The newer content is not free."

    Anything marked with a Green check mark is already downloaded to your dvr.
     
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  16. bobnielsen

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    The only downside is that there will be slightly more loss with an 8-way than with a 4-way, but if you think you will need to expand that would probably be a good idea.
     
  17. veryoldschool

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    The difference between a 4-way and an 8-way is 5dB more loss.
    It isn't a good idea to use a larger splitter than you need, as it just drops the SAT levels more and could cause rainfade sooner.
     
  18. K4SMX

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    Hi guys, been a long time! Thanks for the thread, vanzant.

    Over at my brother's who just received a load of DECA stuff from Solid Signal and now I'm supposed to hook it all up for him. There were no Band Stop Filters in the box. Looking at the diagram on the SS website, which features a 5 LNB and old-style SWM, I've got a couple of questions:

    Receiver list: HR22, H23, and H24
    Splitter: Green Label 8-way (for future expansion)

    Are there any Band Stop Filters required anywhere in this installation?

    The diagram shows the SWM power inserter upstream of the splitter. Is there anyway to place it anywhere else, since the splitter is outside and there is no AC at that location?
     
  19. bobnielsen

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    I don't have the LNB or SWM specs, but possibly the gain of these is high enough that the noise figure is essentially established prior to the splitter with some degree of margin, so that rainfade might not be affected by a small increase in post-SWM loss.
     
  20. bobnielsen

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    Ideally you should have a band stop filter between the SWM and the splitter, to avoid issues from the high level DECA signal. I don't have a filter installed on mine and it works fine, but YMMV.

    Actually I have a filter and another splitter but have never gotten around to installing them in the crawl space (at 72, I'm getting to be too old to be crawling around down there unless I really need to).
     

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