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SWM splitter In Series

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by johnssc1, Nov 6, 2012.

  1. johnssc1

    johnssc1 New Member

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    Please help me with this before I start removing drywall!

    I have a SWM With a 4 port splitter. The PI is after the splitter. 2 ports are used.

    If I take a third port, then add a 4 way splitter, and connect 3 outlets to this, will I get #1 or #2?

    #1. All three outlets will show the same channel, even with three boxes
    #2. All three outlets can be controlled by different boxes, and show different channels.

    Both are acceptable, but I would like to know the outcome beforehand!

    Thanks
     
  2. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    A 4-way feeding another 4-way isn't your best option, because of the combined loss.
    Replacing the current 4-way, with a 2-way that feeds two 4-ways is better, as this is very close to being one 8-way.
     
  3. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    Seems like you need 5 lines, I'd recommend a 2 way with one line going to the furthest receiver, and the other line to a 4-way, but really there are a lot of ways to do it depending on how far the cable runs are.
     
  4. johnssc1

    johnssc1 New Member

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    The two sets that are connected now run from an exterior splitter right into the house (~20 ft). The other line wraps a tortous path to the other side of the house, and may be over 100 ft long if stretched!
     
  5. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    This would be best connected to one leg of a 2-way and then use a 4-way on the other leg to feed the short runs.
     
  6. fleckrj

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    It sounds as if the OP wants a total of five connections. Would there be any difference in signal loss between adding a 2 way splitter to the existing 4 way splitter, or adding one 4 way to a 2 way. Either option would give five free connectors. I understand adding two four ways to one two way, which gives eight free connectors, three of which would have to be properly terminated.

    The real question is what are these five wires connected to. No matter how many wires you have split off a SWM-8, the total number of tuners must be no more than eight. Remember that all of the HR models except the HR34 have two tuners, and the HR 34 has five tuners.

    Assuming the total number of tuners is no more than eight, then each box will be able to tune to any channel.
     

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