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quick question about setting up a second DVR

Discussion in 'DIRECTV SD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by fumundachz, Jul 5, 2011.

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  1. fumundachz

    fumundachz New Member

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    I have a SD DVR connected to a dual LNB dish. I want to add another SD DVR in another room upstairs. I know I would need a switch for this but I am not certain which one I would need. Also depending on the price of the switch and extra 50ft of cable (2x25ft runs) would it be more cost effective to pay Direct tv $50 to just install it.


    I appreciate the help.


    FuMuNdAChZ
     
  2. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone DBSTalk Club

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    Where are you getting the other DVR from?
     
  3. fumundachz

    fumundachz New Member

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    either from amazon or direct tv I would prefer to get a used one from somewhere but I dont mind ordering a new one either.
     
  4. The Merg

    The Merg 1*

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    You might be able to get a SD-DVR from DirecTV for free or for $50. The normal price is $99. They will come out and perform the install, which would include installing the multi-switch and running two coax runs to the new room. The install is free in these cases.

    If you order the SD-DVR from a retailer, you will probably pay at least $50 and you will be in the hook for the install (either by yourself or via a professional). In this case you would guarantee yourself a new receiver.

    If you end up ordering from DirecTV you might get a new receiver or you might get a refurbished recevier. In either case (DirecTV or retailer), the receiver will be a lease and when you activate it you will have a new 2 year commitment.

    - Merg
     
  5. fumundachz

    fumundachz New Member

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    I am mainly wonder which switch I would need so I can figure out the best route for me to take.
     
  6. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

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    Any 2x4, 2x8, 3x4, 3x8, 4x8, or 6x8 switch will work. Two inputs from the dish, four (or more) outputs to feed your receivers/DVRs. http://www.solidsignal.com/cview.as...h-detwork-satellite-equipment&c=Multiswitches has several that would work including the Eagle Aspen for $9.99.

    If you anticipate that you would ever upgrade to HD, then you want to get the Zinwell WB68 which is backward compatible to what you need.
     
  7. fumundachz

    fumundachz New Member

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    That is exactly the information I was looking for. Thank you!
     
  8. ThomasM

    ThomasM RF Engineer

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    The cost to upgrade to HD (new multiswitch, dish, receiver, etc.) almost makes it worth it to be sentenced to DirecTV prison for 2 years (put up with a new 2 year commitment).
     

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