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HR20 Install?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by ldhays, Aug 9, 2007.

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  1. ldhays

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    I'm having an HR20 installed next week and I just found out reading this forum that the multi-switch needs to be upgraded to a Zinwell WB68, is this true and if so why?
     
  2. davring

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    If this is an HD upgrade, including the Slimline dish, it would be included if you require more than four tuners. ( 2 DVR's or 1 DVR + 2 receivers or 4 receivers)
     
  3. bobnielsen

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

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    Yes it is true. The reason is that older multiswitches are not compatible with The Ka-band satellites.
     
  4. ldhays

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    I will have the HR20 and a R15 in my system and that's all! Does this mean the 4 leads from the dish is all I need for two tuners each, no multi-switch?
     
  5. binkatl

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    I am in the same situation, getting ready for an upgrade to a Slimline dish and HR20. I will have the HR20 in the living room, and my current Tivo (HDVR2) will move up to the bedroom. I only have one cable going upstairs, so I'll only use one of the receivers on the HDVR2.

    Will I need a WB68 with this setup? BTW sorry for hijacking the thread, hopefully any answers will benefit both of us. I've heard conflicting stories, some people say you need a WB68 only if you have a large number of receivers, but others have said you need the switch no matter what, in order to receive the new MPEG-4 channels coming soon.
     
  6. Michael D'Angelo

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    Nope. You will not need a multi-switch since the dish has 4 outputs and you only need 4 SAT lines. 2 lines to each receiver. I would try to have the installer drop the 4 lines to the same location where they go into the house just in case down the road you want to add 1 or more receivers all 4 lines are together so you can put a multi-switch in without having to have the wires from the dish rewired.
     
  7. Michael D'Angelo

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    As I told the OP since the dish has 4 outputs you will not need a multi-switch since you will only need 3 SAT lines. But I would have the installer drop the 4th line from the dish and have him bring all 4 lines into the house at the same place before they go to the rooms they are going to if possible. This way if you need to add 1 or more receceiver in later you will have the 4 lines from the dish in the sam e location so you can do it with out having to rewire the lines from the dish.
     
  8. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    Agreed. Even better if you can somehow create a need for five lines by adding receivers because if you need to put in a multiswitch later they will likely want to charge you.
     
  9. ATARI

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    Definitely have them put the multiswitch in now along with the 5lnb dish.

    Be proactive and avoid potential extra cost down the road.
     
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