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Powering SWM16

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by thetoad30, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. thetoad30

    thetoad30 Cool Member

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    Hello,

    I did a search but couldn't really find an answer to my question.

    I am looking at getting an install through the mover's connection, and am considering a SWM16. The house is a new-build, and has two data and two coax running to the outside of the home.

    Since my SWM16 requires two cables, I wanted to avoid putting a hole into a new home for a third cable just for power.

    Can I instead run the SWM16 from the SWM/1 port and run the IRD end of the power injector to either a SWM splitter or directly attach to a run that goes to a receiver?

    Thank you.
     
  2. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    YEs
     
  3. thetoad30

    thetoad30 Cool Member

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    Thank you.

    Can you clarify my last question, though? Does the PI have to run directly to a receiver or can it sit in the basement prior to the SWM splitter?
     
  4. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    I would not run the PI before the splitter. First of all it may not be far enough away from the SWiM. 15 cable-feet is recommended between the SWiM and the PI.

    You can run a line to the PI to port #1 (the red port) and from there... I don't recommend passing the line through to a receiver but DIRECTV does allow it.
     
  5. BennyGregg

    BennyGregg Legend

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    What are the possible consequences of connecting an IRD to the IRD output of the power supply?
     
  6. HoTat2

    HoTat2 Hall Of Fame

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    The internal DC voltage blocking capacitor of the PI has been known to cause problems with the IRD's tuners if placed too close.

    At a minimum maybe 3 feet between the PI and IRD should be observed when connecting a receiver the PI's "to IRD" port.
     
  7. thetoad30

    thetoad30 Cool Member

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    I was wondering the same thing. In fact, in my current system that was installed by DTV (a contractor I assume since it was his truck and not a DTV van), the dish is maybe 10 feet of line away, through a splitter, that is grounded to the A/C breaker box.

    The PI is then less than three feet of cable away from my HR24.

    What I can say is that my new install will easily be 15 feet of cable from PI to SWM16, and then the PI will be either before a splitter or on 15+ feet of cable out of the IRD. I just needed to know if this was possible since I want to have everything downstairs in the basement next to the wiring closet. Plus it will get the benefit of having a full UPS instead of the little dinky UPS that the DVRs are on for power spikes.
     
  8. peds48

    peds48 Genius. DBSTalk Club

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    just a note. do you have more than 8 tuners? if not, DirecTV will not provide a SWM16 switch
     

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