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SWiM splitter vs switch?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by MattWarner, May 23, 2013.

  1. MattWarner

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    Thinking about coming back to DirecTV after a year or two with cable. Previously, I had a non swim install (two HR20s). While an installer was next door, I asked him a few tech questions about coming back and I want to run what he recommended by the forum here.

    I have two TVs (one used all the time, one seldom); four coaxes run from the dish from the previous install with two coaxes to each room. I want a Genie in the den and a Genie mini in the bedroom.

    With that, the installer recommended using a SWiM splitter at the side of the house (replacing the grounding block). One leg goes to the Den, one leg goes to the bedroom.

    My questions are:

    #1 - Can a SWiM splitter be grounded enough to replace a grounding block?
    #2 - Can a SWiM splitter be exposed to the elements outside?
    #3 - Can a SWiM splitter be placed in the middle of a coax run or does it need to be at the receiver end?
    #4 - Does it make since to use a 1x2 SWiM splitter instead of a SWim switch if you only need two legs?

    Thanks in advance..
     
  2. carl6

    carl6 Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Basically yes to all of your questions. The LNB assembly in the dish will also be replaced and only one of the four existing coax will be connected.
     
  3. MattWarner

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    Perfect. Thanks Carl6 for the reply!
     
  4. HoTat2

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    There's really no need to replace the current 4 barrel grounding block;

    Just use one of its coax output runs to a SWiM splitter which you then wouldn't need to ground.

    For instance if you call for a DIRECTV install they won't ground the splitter either, but might replace the 4 barrel GB with a single barrel one which then connects to an un-gounded SWiM splitter.

    Everything else is as carl6 states ...
     
  5. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    Note that if you use a splitter to ground the system, that splitter MUST be BEFORE the power inserter.
     
  6. MattWarner

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    Thanks, gang!
     

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