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Slimline5 upgrade to SWMLine

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by mertzf, May 3, 2009.

  1. mertzf

    mertzf Mentor

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    Hi, all,

    I could use a bit of education. We have been experiencing less than ideal picture quality for pretty much as long as I can remember (my criterion is simply that there is rarely an hour of tv watching (recorded show, HD DVRs) that goes by without some kind of a picture quality defect for at least a second, i.e. pixelation, etc. In addition, we are finishing the basement, so a long term plan to fix this while the cables are accessible is probably in order. Hence, I want to upgrade from the current Slimline-5 setup we have (with 4 lines off the dish and the WB68) to the simpler SWMLine setup (1 line off the dish, splitter, power injector) and start the debugging process from there.

    My first question is this: Is there a minimum line length of 15' between the Power Injector and the splitter, or is that limit for the other SWM setup (5 and 8)?

    My second question is this: do I need to cap the usused ports on the splitter?

    As you can tell, I want to do this right, starting with re-grounding everything, but also want to get the install part the way it is supposed to be. FWIW, I want to get this done based on a basement panel, and I want to get the PI in there. I could coil the line if needed. Thanks in advance. Best to everybody.
     
  2. houskamp

    houskamp New Member

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    15' PI to the LNB.
    yes cap unused ports..
     
  3. mertzf

    mertzf Mentor

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    15' it will be, then.
    Just Radio Shack/HomeDepot 75 ohm caps?

    Thanks.
     
  4. mertzf

    mertzf Mentor

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    Alright, so it is the line from the dish (LNB) that goes in the PI, then the PI to the splitter?

    I thought it was the line from the dish into the IN port of the 4-way splitter, then the PI attached to the power pass port of the splitter (the red ports). Maybe it would work the same...

    If there is a on-line installation manual somewhere, feel free to point me to it.
     
  5. houskamp

    houskamp New Member

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    total distance from the PI to the SWM (in this case the LNB)..
     
  6. Mertzen

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    It doesn't matter where the PI goes as long as the power flows through power passing ports on any splitters it meets.
    There's one around here somewhere but I can't find it right now. DO a search and it might come up with some digging. OR PM me and I can see if I can email it.
     
  7. rahchgo

    rahchgo Godfather

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    I found this First look documnet all I needed to upgrade my AU9 with a SL3-S SWM.
    DBSTalk.com First Look: SWM-enabled Slimline

    Also, the SWS-4 splitter that I bought from SolidSignal included the terminators.
     
  8. mertzf

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    Thanks for the help and pointers. Much appreciated.
     

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