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Hiding SWiM16

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by rahlquist, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. rahlquist

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    As good as it will get till he comes back with the SWiM16.

    Debating on giving up on the CCK, just one more potential issue. I was hoping to get the connection between my DECA backbone and the Internet wired instead of wifi but at this point the drop I wanted to use I just figured out is cut, so a new coax drop would have to be run (about 80 feet) just to hook up the CCK where I wanted it. If that's gonna be the case I may as well just plug the Ethernet in the HR34 into the nearby wireless bridge and just go that route.
     
  2. hdtvfan0001

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    I think that last option might be your best one.
     
  3. The Merg

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    I'd go with that second option as well (at least, in your case). Just make sure to set up the wireless bridge first to connect back to your router. When you connect it to the HR34 be sure perform the Network Setup as if it is a wired connection.

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  4. rahlquist

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    Ok I am too stubborn. Went to HD, got http://goo.gl/IgYcs installed 92ft of it between the splitter outside (left a 48" loop) and the wall plate in my office where the etherswitch is. All it needs is ends. Once he puts ends on from what I have read here doesnt matter which CCK he has on the truck we should be able to get it working?

    BTW Is it normal to use a 21v PI for a SWiM16?
     
  5. The Merg

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    Correct. He will most likely use the new black DECA as the CCK. That is fine. Just plug in a CAT5 cable from it to your router/switch and you'll be good to go.

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  7. rahlquist

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    Thats how I read that too. I will have to see what he does tomorrow, but I thought he removed my old LNB SWM PI and put this one in place but he could have swapped it again when he had to go back to the old setup.
     
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    Thanks for this story. This reaffirms why I do everything myself. I pay for it, but it is certainly worth it when I read these horror stories.
     
  9. rahlquist

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    Glad to help LOL. That's exactly why I ran that drop today myself. It's sad though that the last time a D* installer graced my doorstep in 2009 it wound up with an email to Mrs. Filipiak's office and that once again after the installer leaves tomorrow its likely they will hear about this one too. I don't expect one freebie out of this, nor do I want one, but I do want them to know their training is obviously not up to par.
     
  10. hdtvfan0001

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    Yeah - they need to and typically want to hear about these kinds of install "experiences".
     
  11. hjones4841

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    After going thru a real ordeal getting one HR24 out of DirecTV (including 3 heated conversations with retention) I elected to do my own conversion from an old sidecar dish (installed by DTV when I first got HR20s) to SWiM with a SWM16. Yes, it cost $$s but if/when it breaks I will know how to fix it. Got everything from Solid Signal, including a sat meter and more HR24s to replace a variety of HR20s, 21s and 22s.

    I left the old dish in place while installing the new one. After aligning the new one, I compared aiming to old and discovered that for 6-7 years the tilt was off by 20 degrees. I discovered that the pole they mounted in the ground was not "absolutely plumb" so I guess they tried to compensate with dish aiming. Guess it worked since signal levels have not been a problem.
     
  12. rahlquist

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    Cross your fingers for me, he is here and already grumbling that the Warehouse was closed again today (but he has a new SWM16 in box) and that he was unable to get a Wifi DECA. I showed him the cable I ran to hook up the CCK. If he leaves without installing a CCK I will raise a big stink since it is on the order.

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  13. The Merg

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    If you're fine with with a wired DECA, which it seems like you are since you ran a coax just for it, he should end up using a regular black DECA unit with a PI attached to it. That will work just fine.

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  14. rahlquist

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    Finished.

    Took him about 1.5 hours to swap the lnb, install the SWiM16, replace the PI, reconnect the HR22, and terminate the ends of the cable I ran yesterday and finish testing all boxes. I wish my deca #'s were better but I have awful long runs on old cable (fortunately all 3ghz rated) and it could just be the perfectionist in me.
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    So the installer was "off" today so he came out just to deal with the inventory he had to complete this morning and to finish my install. I am happy with the end result, just the journey to get her was not pleasant. Fortunately the installer left with more knowledge than he arrived with.
     
  15. The Merg

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    Glad to hear it's all working.

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  16. cabletech

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    It is really amassing just how far off topic this thread went.

    Thirty Four reply's and NO ONE has given a direct answer to the origanal question.

    "Are there any approved ways to hide an exterior wall SWiM16? Enclosures? Etc?"

    The answer is, not really. You can put the swm in any thing that you think will work and if Charter is your area is using the same type enclosure that they use in my area, then it is to small.

    Normally the SWM is placed inside and there is a ground block on the out side for grounding then the cable is ran inside to the swm.

    Bottom line, if the swem is placed out side, then you can cover it with whatever you wish to hide/protect it.
     
  17. hdtvfan0001

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    Actually a number of us know the OP quite well, and there were indeed other response posts to address the original question. Fact is...there is more than one way to address the issue.

    Glad you are whole again Rahlquist. ;):)
     
  18. The Merg

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    +1

    Along with the fact that the TS asked additional questions since the OP...

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  19. rahlquist

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    Yeah the older I get the more I ramble. The installer got the SWM16 into the charter box but he warned me that any future installer would curse him for it. It was his idea tho. LOL
     
  20. rahlquist

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    BTW just wanted to say thanks to all who contributed and kept me sane through this.
     

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