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Terminators vs. Caps

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by hdfan01, Apr 1, 2013.

  1. hdfan01

    hdfan01 Legend

    Feb 1, 2006
    I'm using a SWM 8 outdoors for RV use. I have some open/unused connections on the MS. Which should I use to protect those connectors, terminators or caps?
  2. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    It depends on which connectors you're talking about.
    Legacy you want caps, while the other SWM output needs a termination.
    If you're not using all the inputs, then caps.
  3. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

    Jan 10, 2008
    the 3 legacy ports and the satellite inputs (the ones that are not being used)uses caps. the SWM outputs (not being used) uses terminators
  4. Floyd

    Floyd Legend

    Nov 9, 2004
    If there is voltage present on the port, then you probably don't want to use a typical 75-ohm terminator, since most of them us a resistor to get the 75-ohms and will short out the voltage and get hot.
    There are special capacitatively-coupled 75-ohn terminators that are used when voltage is present.
  5. hdfan01

    hdfan01 Legend

    Feb 1, 2006
    Thanks fellows, got it figured out. Now all I have to do is find a source for the little caps. Looked all over the internet and only found terminators. Guess I'll have to flag down a DirecTv truck and ask for a few.:)
  6. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2013
    Break the pin out of a terminator and it becomes a cap.
  7. ikoniq

    ikoniq Cool Member

    Sep 8, 2012
    Omaha, NE
    I love the simplicity of this response.

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