I added an HR34 to my system yesterday and the installer wired a little different than I expected. I previously had a slimline dish with SWM that fed into my distribution box to a green label 8 port splitter. Into the splitter I had 3 HD DVR's and 1 HD receiver. I also had a PI 21 power inserter and a DECA running into the splitter. I had expected the installer to change the dish to an SL3/SL5 and install a SWM16 near the dish running 3 cables back to the box. One for each SWM leg and one for the power inserter. Since I had 4 cables in the soffit running to my distribution box there were no cable issues. However, he only used two cables (one for each SWM leg) and in the distribution box he ran one leg into the power inserter and then passed in into the 8 port splitter. He left the 3 HD DVR's on this side with the DECA. He connected the other leg to a two port splitter and passed it on to the HR34 and capped the other side. My questions are: 1) is it OK to run the PI into the splitter rather than the port on the SWM16? 2) can't I just use a barrel connector for the HR34 leg rather than a 2 way splitter? Isn't there a signal loss with the splitter? 3) shouldn't he have changed the 8 port splitter to a 4 port splitter, again to minimize signal loss? I now have 4 ports capped off on an 8 port splitter. Everything seems to work fine but I want to make sure it is optimized.