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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by bsbuskirk, Jun 14, 2013.

  1. bsbuskirk

    bsbuskirk AllStar

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    I'm buying a new house. I'm a long time DirecTV customer (13+ years) w/ 3 HD DVRs, protection plan, WHDVR, and premier package. I'll be looking to add a Genie to the active DVRs at the new house. A closing date hasn't been set yet, but is expected in the next couple weeks. The new house does not have a dish. It is wired for cable, but the wiring will be used for Internet and telephone through Suddenlink.

    Any suggestions are welcome. I'm concerned about the DirecTV install because I'll need sets upstairs and in basement of split-entry home with drywalled basement ceilings. Dish will go on roof.
     
  2. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

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    What do you mean "it is wired for cable, but the wiring will be used for Internet and telephone through Suddenlink"? Does Suddenlink require using all the coax in your house? If it uses coax, can't you just have it using the coax in one location in your house where you won't have a TV, then wireless for internet/phone everywhere else, so the rest of the coax can be used for Directv?

    If you had to share, you could run all the Suddenlink internet/phone over Directv's DECA so everything could share the same coax. It would be more complicated, but less complicated than tearing up drywall.
     
  3. carl6

    carl6 Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Your install would run coax around the outside of your house then in to the house at the various locations where you will have TVs. If you want custom work where coax is fished inside walls, you will need to arrange with a private installer to do that type of work. Your new installation will have 11 tuners, so you will need four coax from the dish to some location, then one coax from that location to each receiver location. An SWM16 will be installed at the central location.

    If you go with a regular install, when the installer arrives walk through the installation with him before he starts work, agreeing on where the dish will be located, how the wires will be run, etc., so that you both are in agreement on what will be done and how it will be done. Unfortunately, DirecTV installers are paid by the job, not the hour, so his goal will be to get the job done as fast as possible. You might offer to pay him on the side for additional/custom work you want done.
     
  4. bsbuskirk

    bsbuskirk AllStar

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    The house is all brick, so my hope is to only penetrate the wall at one location to get into the house from the dish. Complicating things is that at least three receiver locations I want the TV on an interior wall.

    In what order should I handle things? Call for movers deal and talk to installer when he arrives, or contact someone to wire and then contact DirecTV? If option two, who should I approach about doing the wiring?

    In my area (Parkersburg, WV), experiences with local DirecTV installers have been mixed, and I have no idea how to contact them other than by scheduling an install.


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  5. carl6

    carl6 Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    As to the custom inside work, you might check high-end audio/video stores in your area, or possibly low-voltage contractors. Perhaps someone in your area can comment on local installers (who does DirecTV work in that area). I would probably get the inside work done before calling DirecTV, with all lines going to a central location where the DirecTV installer will put the SWM16 and bring the lines from the dish to. You will want AC power available there. You could also have whoever you hire run the coax for the dish, but make sure it goes outside someplace near where the dish will actually end up, which may or may not be easy to predict. Four coax runs using RG6 with solid copper center conductor from the dish.
     

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