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  1. dmurphy

    dmurphy Active Member

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    Wait, wait, wait ...

    The PI and a multiswitch should never meet. What configuration are you trying to accomplish?
     
  2. dmurphy

    dmurphy Active Member

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    Right, you'd have a cable from the SL2S dish, to the PI. And then a cable from the PI to a splitter, and from there, to your receivers.

    What scared me was that you mentioned a zinwell switch; that's totally incompatible with the SWMline dish. You need a compatible splitter, but multiswitches are dead with the SWMline ....
     
  3. Grentz

    Grentz New Member

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  4. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

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    As an FYI - just as a point of reference...both of those suppliers provide very good service on their online purchases.
     
  5. Grentz

    Grentz New Member

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    Only negative is TTS has a minimum order amount, so if you only need the 8 way splitter SS is going to be the place to go.
     
  6. Spanky_Partain

    Spanky_Partain Active Member

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  7. Grentz

    Grentz New Member

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    Yup, you might not even have to switch the PI....SWM LNBs all use the 21v PI. (The SWM-8 uses 29v though)
     
  8. Spanky_Partain

    Spanky_Partain Active Member

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    I think they put the wrong PI on my install since it does have the 28v PI. Still works though.
     
  9. Grentz

    Grentz New Member

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    I believe the SWMLNBs work fine with the larger PIs, just more power for them to have to "bleed" off and thus it makes them run a bit warmer.
     
  10. NCMAT

    NCMAT Godfather

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    I finally got a chance to snap a few pictures of my new SL3-SWM install. I removed the old 5LNB unit and used one of the existing cables for the new SL3-SWM. Inside I mounted the power inserter and a 4-port splitter on the back of the entertainment cabinet. All four of my DVRs are in this same cabinet. (2-HR20-100s, 1 HR20-700 and 1 HR21-700)

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  11. dmurphy

    dmurphy Active Member

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    Beautiful job - nice work!

    Now, think about what an easy installation that would be for a new setup ... only 1 cable from the dish, and then a few short cables from the splitters, and wala - life is good!
     
  12. NCMAT

    NCMAT Godfather

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    Thanks. It's really such a simple layout that there wasn't much to take pictures of. This will really be a piece of cake on a house that is already wired for cable.

    And thanks to DirecTV and Doug Brott for making this happen.
     
  13. LameLefty

    LameLefty I used to be a rocket scientist

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    That, I'm sure, is Directv's reasoning for creating and introducing the product in the first place. It basically kills cable's perceived installation advantage for most homes built in the last 20 - 30 years which are pre-wired for "cable." :)
     
  14. NCMAT

    NCMAT Godfather

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    Can someone remind me what the SWM page of the Signal Strength meters tells us?
     
  15. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

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    Signal strength through the SWM to the HD Receiver/HD DVR. Most of the time, you should get at least a 98-100 on all active SWM ports.
     
  16. NR4P

    NR4P Dad

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    And don't worry if a few show zero on occasion. That's normal unless you have 8 tuners going at the same time on different xponders.
     
  17. Spanky_Partain

    Spanky_Partain Active Member

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    Finally, I am posting my SL3-S signal strength readings...

    Sorry it took so long. I do miss my channel 79 even though it is on another channel.
     
  18. Mertzen

    Mertzen Hall Of Fame

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    Gah. One would wish. Lazy and cheap developers here in NYC don't even homerun. One wire in and splitter buried in the wall. ofcourse all of the 5-1000Mhz kind.
     
  19. Spanky_Partain

    Spanky_Partain Active Member

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    Everything still working well here. Nothing to report except it sure did turn cold today and it did not affect the dish or LNB. Even had some very strong wind and everything lived right through it without one hick up.
     

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