I am not a MDU sysop, nor do I ever plan to be one, but I was pondering this question. ("How do MDUs handle SWM overload?") The basis for wondering how MDU operators handle an overloaded SWM comes from my (ill-informed?) assumption that the "consumer" SWM8 is as big as it gets for MDUs. Is this true? If so, then knowing there's nothing (short of "education" about how a subscriber Shouldn't Do That) to prevent a subscriber from getting clever and splitting the signal much like people are used to doing with cable, and since SWM-capable receivers are available for purchase pretty much everywhere electronics are sold, what do y'all do? Keep extremely detailed records of who has what receivers--according to your installers--and then compare that list to some master list DirecTV might send you of what your "downline" subs have on their accounts? I can think of some possibilities, but they seem incredibly expensive (dedicated SWM8 for every unit comes to mind) or time-consuming (have somebody go on-site, rebalancing connections as needed). Then again, this all goes back to my assumption that MDUs can only go as high as SWM8. Do any MDUs deliberately or unintentionally leave apartment units hooked up to the distribution system (that is, a unit is not disconnected when a tenant moves out) so that truck rolls are avoided? (Just ship 'em the box and tell them to plug it in) That seems like that would create more problems (somebody shows up with five HR21s from their old house and instantly overloads even a dedicated SWM8), but is that a scenario for which a sysop plans? If this is all top secret industry hush-hush stuff, let me know and I'll just sit on my curiosity.