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How to get DirecTV upstairs

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by Brit_In_NY, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. Phil T

    Phil T Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    Another option, although a strange one, might be what I have done.

    I run a 15' HDMI cable from a receiver located in an office under the bedroom, through a closet and up through the floor right next to my bedroom TV. I then use an extra RF remote to control the receiver. The office TV is SD. The bedroom TV is HD.
     
  2. Kevin F

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    I don't mean to hijack the thread but is it better to go from a 4 way to a 4 way or a 4 way to (2) 2 ways in terms of signal loss? I'm getting a new DVR Friday and have to make such a decision.

    Thanks
    Kevin
     
  3. veryoldschool

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    4-way + 4-way is like a 16-way :nono:
    4-way + 2-way is like a 8-way :)

    "So" better to use 2-ways off a 4-way, or a 2-way feeding 2 four ways.

    "Rule of thumb" each time you split it costs you almost 5 DB [or 50' of coax]
    All splitters are based off a 2-way split, so:
    4-way equals a 2-way with 2-ways of each output.
    8-way is a 2-way, with 2-ways, with 2-ways...

    more on this here: http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=186663
     
  4. DarkLogix

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    and although they don't seem to exist as green label splitters a 3way is a 2way with a 2way on one output unless its a "balanced" splitter, and a 5way is a 2way with a 2way on each output plus another 2way on one output

    blanced splitters are odd ones that they managed to even out the db losses on odd number output splitters
     
  5. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    "Balanced" with even number of outputs aren't odd, and are the norm.
    Odd number of outputs is where things can get weird, as they're either unbalanced or have been balanced by using a resistor network that has more loss.
    A balanced 3-way has only 1 dB less loss than a balanced 4-way.
     
  6. DarkLogix

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    Ya I was saying the "balanced" with an odd number of outputs are uncommon
    though I'd add in the 6Way to that as although its an even number of outputs its not a power of 2, but then if you need 6 most will just use an 8

    I wouldn't bother using any 3/5/or 6way splitters, I'd just up it to the nearest power of 2
     
  7. veryoldschool

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    Think we may have wondered way off the range here, since this is the connected home forum, and green labeled splitters are basically a must.
     
  8. DarkLogix

    DarkLogix Godfather

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    Ya sorry for going OT
     
  9. Kevin F

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    So it's better to daisy chain 2 two ways together than to replace it with a 4 way?
    My main split outside is a 4 way.

    Thanks for your help VOS
    Kevin
     
  10. DarkLogix

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    how many recivers do you currently have?
     
  11. Kevin F

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    I have 3. #4 will be here Friday.

    Kevin
     
  12. veryoldschool

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    You don't want to end up with a 4-way going to a 4-way, so you need to mix and match to get what you need where.

    Think one of these should cover it: http://www.dbstalk.com/showpost.php?p=2901485&postcount=22
     
  13. Kevin F

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    Very nice post. I guess (2) 2-ways leading off the 4 way will have to do unless I missed something.

    Thanks
    Kevin
     
  14. Brit_In_NY

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    Thanks to all who offered advice - I have successfully pulled a single RG6 to the attic from the basement.... now what are the chances of getting upgraded to an HR34 to connect this all up?
     
  15. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    Depends how long you want to wait. Unless you are in the test market, it will be several months before they are available.
     
  16. Brit_In_NY

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    Ok, general follow-up question - if I wanted to get an additional receiver for the newly wired home office without a comittment renewal with DirecTV what are my options?

    Thanks,
    Mark
     
  17. DarkLogix

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    I think the HR21Pro is the only one thats not a leaseable model
    all others unless you work out something to let you buy it outright you'll have a comittment
     
  18. Kevin F

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    Check out the Buy, Sell, Trade section of the site. Or eBay/Craigslist. Maybe even solid signal but that would be expensive.

    Kevin
     
  19. Shades228

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    Solid Signals are leased they can't sell owned. The only place to get a NIB owned receiver, non HR21 Pro, is through DIRECTV.

    If you buy a used one make sure you call the access card department and verify it can be activated prior to ordering it or it's caveat emptor.
     
  20. adev25

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    If you don't need an extra receiver and you want to spend about 100$ go the wireless HDMI route. I have one in my office with wireless HDMI box in my bedroom. This way I save the added cost of having an extra receiver..
     

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