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High efficiency splitter?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by ISUFan22, Sep 24, 2009.

  1. ISUFan22

    ISUFan22 Cool Member

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    Currently have 2 DirecTV boxes, both DVRs and one is HD (the other is an older SD DVR box). Also have 4 coax lines running into the house to a central location - currently the 4 go directly to 2 rooms.

    Adding a new HD DVR and will need to split it (and by this winter it's likely I'll need to split it 4 ways). What is the best, or some of the best high efficiency splitters for HD?
     
  2. The Merg

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    You'll need to use a WB6x8 multiswitch. All four cables from the dish will get plugged into that and then the runs to all your DVR's will come off of that. You'll still have capacity for another DVR after you add your new HD-DVR. If DirecTV is coming out to do the install of the new receiver, they will supply the multi-switch for you.

    Your other choice would be to add an SWM to your setup. All four cables from the dish would get plugged into that. You would then only need one run to the HD-DVRs (instead of 2). The SD-DVR would still need 2 runs (and would use the legacy ports on the SWM) if it is an R15. The R16 is SWM-compatible so in that case you could reduce down to one cable for that one too. If you wanted an SWM installed, you'd have to purchase it yourself and see if the tech would install it for you.

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  3. David MacLeod

    David MacLeod New Member

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    to piggyback off Merg a bit, you can't just "split" lines like cable/ota lines in a non-swm system.
     
  4. The Merg

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    I forbid it! :)

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  5. ISUFan22

    ISUFan22 Cool Member

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    They are just shipping the box to us, so no install. At the current time, we had them just ship the new box to "replace" the old one (got us a better deal - as in the HD DVR box for free) but I'll reactivate the SD-DVR later. I really would not need 2 lines running to it anyway, it will just go in the workout room.

    However, when we built our house and then when I finished the basement, we have 2 coax lines running to every room. To a couple of the main areas, I have 3 (one for the antenna in the attic). Plus, a Cat6 and Cat5e to each spot as well. I'm setup to go to MRV and/or put all the boxes in the utility room.

    Will look into the SWM though, not familiar with 'em at all. I take it with an SWM I can just have 1 line to an HD-DVR but still record 2 programs at once? This would allow me to have OTA to each location...sweet! (as I only have 3 lines to just 2 rooms)
     
  6. mcbeevee

    mcbeevee 97% Complete

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    If you already have the cabling setup, you could buy your own WB68 switch from solid signal for around $60 (ebay for around $20). The SWM lnb is a nice way to go if you will have 8 tuners or less (DVR's use 2). This is a very informative document on the SWM lnb's.

    :)
     
  7. wildbill129

    wildbill129 Godfather

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    I had D* ship me a new HR21 for an upgrade as well. They will not automatically shut the old one off. So you can keep using it if you want. If you don't plan on using it right away, call them otherwise you will be paying a monthly fee for it.....

    Not all recievers are SWM compatible. Although the SWM8 does have a couple of legacy ports for older recievers.
     
  8. ISUFan22

    ISUFan22 Cool Member

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    Thanks.

    And the HR2x models are compatible with the SWMs. I don't think I'll go that route ayway as it does not seem like I really need it as I already have 2 coax to each room. It would be a nice-to-have for OTA, but I have a third coax to the 2 main rooms I'd want it in already. Can always add the SWM later.

    Will just get a WB6x8 for now.

    Question...have not looked - are there bigger models of this? That support more rooms? Just thinking to the future and may get the bigger model if it exists.
     
  9. harsh

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    There is a WB616 that supports up to 16 tuners and you can "parallel" multiswitches to extend further. It is considerably more expensive than the WB68.

    Remember that by the time you get to 16 tuners, you're looking at somewhere on the sunny side of $40 in monthly equipment mirroring/lease fees.
     
  10. cartrivision

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    I'm not sure why he needs to "remember" that since the OP was talking about hooking up a total of 3 DVRs which will means that he will have a total of $10 in mirroring fees, and then if he adds any more DVRs after that, it will add $5 in mirroring fees for each additional DVR, but to save you the trouble of making any further similar posts, I will preemptively post the following reminders....

    Remember that if you have 2 WB16s, by the time you get to 32 tuners, you're looking at somewhere on the sunny side of $80 in monthly equipment mirroring/lease fees.

    Remember that if you have 8 WB16s, by the time you get to 128 tuners, you're looking at somewhere on the sunny side of $320 in monthly equipment mirroring/lease fees.
     
  11. The Merg

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    Actually, if you assume all hookups are DVR's and are using two cables each, with the WB16, you'd be looking on the sunny side $35 in mirroring/lease fees as the first receiver is covered under the subscription plan. So for 2WB16's that would be roughly on the sunny side of $75 and for 8WB16's that would be roughly on the sunny side of $325.

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  12. ISUFan22

    ISUFan22 Cool Member

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    Exactly. I was wondering where these numbers were coming from. ;)
     
  13. RobertE

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    Too bad that the WB616 has been discontinued and is no longer an approved item for DirecTv installs. :rolleyes:
     
  14. HoTat2

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    Unless we're speaking here of a DIY'er job of course :) ;

    And BTW, the current production model is actually the "MS6X16WB." Same as the WB616, but with weather boots on the inputs and outputs ...

    [​IMG]
     
  15. cartrivision

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    Yeah I know, but I was using "Harsh math" exactly as he used it to add to his dire warning to someone who in reality was going to have $10 in mirroring fees, but who for some reason (known only to Harsh) needs to "remember" that all those outputs on a WB16 would allow the OP to potentially add a lot of additional tuners and then have a lot more in mirroring fees.

    I'm surprised that Harsh didn't go one step further and point out that the OP could add 10 more single tuner receivers to a single WB16 in addition to his 3 DVRs for a total of $60 in mirroring fees.... instead of the "sunny side of $40" that he warned about... while continuing to ignore that the OP is actually only facing $10 in mirroring fees for the setup that he was describing.
     
  16. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    Since DIRECTV doesn't offer pre-installs on residential plant (and they certainly wouldn't offer a 6x16 to someone who didn't have an immediate need).
    The site from which you obtained the picture says that both model numbers have been discontinued.
     
  17. RobertE

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    Thats correct. Both are discontinued and no longer approved parts, period.

    Just an FYI, any DirecTv switch with WB at the end has weather boots pre-installed. Otherwise there is zero difference.
     
  18. bixler

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    And on the sunny side, everyone should remember that Harsh DOES NOT subscribe to the services of Direct TV.:hurah::hurah:
     
  19. HoTat2

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    I really don't know what you mean, I meant that one would have to purchase and install a WB616 on their own since it is no longer approved by DirecTV for official installs.

    Hey, SolidSignal must have just recently updated that as it was definitely available for about $174.95 I think at the time I posted that photo.
     
  20. or270

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    Even before the WB616 was discontinued the installer told me if it went out they would use 2 WB68 with splitters as the WB616 are not carried on the truck or the local warehouse.(It took me 4 days to get the WB616 the first time)

    My setup is smaller now I did have a WB68 cascaded off the WB616, Total lines out 20.
     

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