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How many HD streams can I pull?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by jcormier, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    And some want to know how many MRV streams you can start before you see playback issues.
    You could get 12 streams going at once, but how many before you see problems, and with two SWiM-16s, are these going through your router too?
     
  2. Rich

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    Too much like work....:lol:

    Seriously, I've never had a problem streaming, no matter how many streams I have going. What I can't do is access an HR that is being used as a server by another HR.

    I did start to try it once, just to see how many streams I could have, but it would seem to me that with twelve HRs on my DECA system,... oh, hell, I can't even visualize it. I do know that each one of my seven plasmas can receive a stream. That help?

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  3. Rich

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    The most I've had was seven, had no problems and that was just normal usage.

    Yup, they all go thru my router along with a whole bunch of BD players, Rokus, computers, games and my OOMA. Since I switched to static IP addresses, I've had no issues.

    Those legacy ports on the SWM-16s intrigue me. What can I do with the legacy ports I have in my basement? The other SWM-16 is outside and I only have one cable left that I could hook up to a legacy port. I've got a bunch of TiVos I want to sell and I have to be sure they work before I put them up for sale. That, I think I can do with the legacy ports, is that correct? Is there any way to put an HR on the legacy ports?

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  4. veryoldschool

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    1. You have two DECA clouds being bridged through your router. If you start streaming between receivers on the same SWiM-16, these aren't going through your router, so you could get an idea of how well the DECA cloud performs. You could then increase this from the other cloud, which would be going through your router, but more than likely your router wouldn't be a bottleneck.
    2. The SWiM-16 legacy ports are "full range", so they will be "much like" connecting straight to the dish. If you really wanted to get crazy, you could add a WB68 to the four legacy ports.
      1. Thanks to some work by someone with a power meter, the legacy ports measure out with a bit more loss [-10 dB] than if they were fed by a 2-way splitter from the SWiM-16's inputs.
      2. This suggests multiple cascades could/will end up with low signal levels and early rainfade.

     
  5. Rich

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    1. I wish we lived next to each other, you could play with my system anytime you wanted to. I'm too lazy. One of these days I'll give it a try, I promise.

    Got it. All I really want to do is test my TiVos. Don't want any grief from buyers on eBay, rather make sure they work before I sell them, while I still can. I was just curious about the HRs. I really have to get rid of some of mine. I just hate to give up HRs that work properly.

    Rich
     
  6. LameLefty

    LameLefty I used to be a rocket scientist

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    Or another SWiM. I have a SWiM8 hanging off the legacy ports of a SWiM16. :)
     
  7. veryoldschool

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    Rich already has a SWiM-16 "hanging off" another SWiM-16. ;)
     
  8. maartena

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    There is no limitation. Currently, a DVR can only record 2 shows at once, but you can have 4 DVR's which can then record 8 shows at once. With whole home DVR, you then watch all 8 shows from any other DVR or tuner in the house.

    As far as comparing it to U-Verse, there is no limit in the amount of receivers you can have and/or channels coming in at the same time. If you have twenty TV's in that huge mansion of yours, you can watch HD on each and every one of them, at the same time.

    You can do that with Cable as well by the way. Only IPTV is limited, where FIOS still allows at least 8 HD at the same time, and U-Verse is limited to anywhere from 2 to 4 HD, depending on how close you are to a VRAD. Most customers see 2 or 3 HD, and 2 or 1 additional SD, for a total of 4 channels at the same time.

    If the U-Verse DVR is recording 4 shows at the same time, NO ONE can watch TV. :D (except for already recorded programs)
     
  9. Rich

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    You know, when you think about my installation, we did that by PM across a continent! And totally amazed Rick the Tech, who still remembers you well. Just saw him a couple weeks ago. He sent his best wishes. He still can't believe what we did that day.

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  10. BattleZone

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    We did an install where one Slimline is running over 100 tuners. SL5 LNB being fed into an inline amp, to 4 1x4 SWM splitters, to 4 SWM32s. Folks there have everything from D12s to HR24s, and we've yet to have a report of a system-based problem. :)
     

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