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RG6 Cable from the dish LNB

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by DJPellegrino, Dec 5, 2008.

  1. Dec 5, 2008 #1 of 14
    DJPellegrino

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    I plan on installing a SWM8 near the dish. I would like to put it in some sort of box mounted to the brick to keep the elements off of it. (Just personal preference)

    I will need to cut some of the existing RG6 cable from the Dish's LNB multiswitch to length and install new compression fittings. No problem there however, one of the RG6 lines from the LNB multiswitch is too short and I will need to make another.

    My question is, are there any issues with just removing the LNB to gain access to the cable and replace it? Issues such as alignment? What else should I look for in removing the LNB?
    Thanks...
     
  2. Dec 5, 2008 #2 of 14
    dshu82

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    Should be no issue. Make sure the rest of your bolts are tight. The LNB is only held on by two small screws, so if dish doesn't move you are good.
     
  3. Dec 5, 2008 #3 of 14
    jwd45244

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    The LNB is attached with 2 screws. Don't loose them and don't bump the LNB arm and you should be just fine.
     
  4. Dec 5, 2008 #4 of 14
    rkicklighter

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    And they are very easy to lose.......been there, done that!:confused:
     
  5. Dec 5, 2008 #5 of 14
    curt8403

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    full enclosures for swms are not recommended. the SWM is weatherproof, if you do do an enclosure be sure there is plenty of vents
     
  6. Dec 5, 2008 #6 of 14
    DJPellegrino

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    I assume that is due to heat buildup?, I wanted to enclose in the same enclosure the 2-way splitter. The only way to vent it would be to put holes in the bottom of the enclosure.
     
  7. Dec 5, 2008 #7 of 14
    curt8403

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    The heat buildup on a swm is horrible
     
  8. Dec 6, 2008 #8 of 14
    firefighter4evr

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    If you are worried about keeping the weather off it, i would simply mount it inside some place if possible.

    Personally, i have an old panel box mounted in the wall next to my electrical panel box where i keep my muti-switch and my phone and Ethernet hubs. If there would ever come time where i would wanna add swm.. theres room for that in there too:D

    I also rigged up a cooling system in there with some little fans to push out the heat if needed:biggthump
     
  9. Dec 6, 2008 #9 of 14
    peano

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    Does the SWM8 have to have all four outputs from the LNB connected to work properly?
     
  10. terron

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    yep
     
  11. DJPellegrino

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    ...just personal preference to keep things looking organized and neat.
    Mounting inside is not an option in my setup.

    I was hoping to find an inexpensive box like the cable companies use.
     
  12. harsh

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    You've made a grievously poor assumption that those boxes are inexpensive. The smallest ones run about $60 and when housing devices that generate lots of heat, you need to use larger boxes.

    You should not box up the SWM. You should try something else to hide it that doesn't involve enclosing it or otherwise reducing its ability to dissipate heat.
     
  13. BattleZone

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    Putting a SWM inside of an enclosure is going to be expensive, because WHEN it burns out, you'll have to buy a new one (DirecTV won't cover them for residential installs, since they don't supply them for that purpose in the first place.)

    An enclosure is just buying trouble that you don't need.
     
  14. peano

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    Thats what I thought. So putting it inside is not an option for me. I have only one RG6 coming in.
     

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