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SWM8 + ME = Drinking Heavily

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by DmgInc, Oct 6, 2008.

  1. Oct 6, 2008 #1 of 29
    DmgInc

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    I got my SWM-8, Power Inserter, Splitter in the mail today.

    I installed everything per the chart in the SWM-8 Wiring : Basic 4 DVR guide on solidsignal. The only difference is I have only 2 HR21s and 1 legacy rcvr (which I didn't bother with yet), I have the same splitter as in that diagram as well.

    I had my HR21s powered off during the install, head back in power them up. Do the manul satellite setup, set it to the Slimline 5 dish and SWM. Wait, wait, wait....wait some more only for it to come up and say somehing like "Tuner 1 & 2 no signal 771". This happens on both my HR21s.

    Did I do something wrong? Are my HR21s jacked up? Do I just need to drink more and wait for it to magically work?
     
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    brant

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    i typically just drink more and in time, won't care if it works.
     
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    David MacLeod

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    would the hr2x issues today have affected this somehow?
     
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    Kansas Zephyr

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    Tell us from the dish to the IRDs, exactly how the cables run.

    Please.
     
  5. Oct 7, 2008 #5 of 29
    DmgInc

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    Sorry, the actual wiring diagram i used was on techtoolsupply. Since I can't link anything yet, tack on index.asp?PageAction=Custom&ID=48 to the end of techtoolsupply dot com.
     
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    Grentz

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    houskamp

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    Recheck the cables.. make sure your attatched to SWM1 on the SWM8..
    Power up is: PI then IRDs..
    also try bypassing the splitter and see if you can get one up and running..
     
  8. Oct 7, 2008 #8 of 29
    rudeney

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    My understanding is that any unused ports (either SWM-2 or any open ports on the splitters) must be terminated.
     
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    Kansas Zephyr

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    Verify that you connected only a single cable to the HR21s, using the sat input marked SWM/FTM.

    Can you bypass the SWM...and go directly off of the dish? This will verify that your dish is working properly.
     
  10. DmgInc

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    Heh, definately did this, and took off the BBC module thing.


    Oh, I know the dish works since the regular 6x8 multiswitch works like a champ.
     
  11. DmgInc

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    Going to try this now.


    Would this prevent operation of the splitter?
     
  12. Kansas Zephyr

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    You've got the SWM-8 downstream of a multi-switch? If so, try removing it and attaching the SWM-8 directly to the four cables from the dish.

    That's why I asked to please state from dish to IRD the entire cable path...not just point us to an install diagram (which didn't have a 6x8 on it).

    Please.
     
  13. DmgInc

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    I pointed you to that diagram because that is exactly what i did. I would have mentioned at the beginning if I was a moron w/a 6x8 in there someplace.

    I removed it to try the SWM, when that didn't work...removed the SWM and put the 6x8 back on.
     
  14. Kansas Zephyr

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    Actually, most morons don't mention that they are indeed a moron. ;)

    Terminating the unused ports is a good idea. What model splitter are you using...cable runs RG6?

    Who knows? You may have a bad SWM or PI. Do you have a multimeter to check the voltage of the PI?
     
  15. DmgInc

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    Heh true that, I am surrounded by them at work.

    STS-4, and yeah RG6 throughout.

    No, but I can dig one up from somebody else probably.
     
  16. Kansas Zephyr

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    If you can check the PI, that's great.

    You might have a bad FTM module...I'm on my second one.
     
  17. rudeney

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    I don’t know that failure to terminate unused ports would cause it to fail, but I believe it is something you are supposed to do. The SWM8 should have come with one terminator for port #2 already.
     
  18. DmgInc

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    Well, I removed the splitter from the equation and went from the IRD out on the PI right to my one HR21, and it worked like a champ.

    The STS-4 was brand new, can these really be bad right out of the box? Seems like that should be like .1% of the units, could I really have been that unlucky?

    And yes, the terminator is on port #2 on the SWM unit itself.
     
  19. Kansas Zephyr

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    Well, since you're splitting downstream of the PI, you can use any splitter rated 2MHz-2.1GHz.

    I think that STS-4 is only rated down to 5MHz...the SWM "talks" to the IRD on 2.4MHz.

    A SWS-4, which is what the linked diagram's image looks like, but incorrectly labeled as STS-4, is SWM approved. Can you verify the model of the splitter?
     
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