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The Tech Thread: Show your work and face the heat.

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by Mertzen, Sep 17, 2008.

  1. j2fast

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    I haven't had any heat issues at all with what's in the box now. My next thing is to rearrange a little to see if I can fit a switch in with everything else but it may just turnout to be an excuse to get another box so I can have a little more space. Back to the heat, I would think you'd be OK with that gear in one space. I might drop a thermometer into mine just to see what the actual temp is in the box. If heat did become an issue I bet with just a little fabricating a person could add some small fans to the box.
     
  2. asjamias

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    I have a similar one from Leviton and it houses my dsl modem, ethernet switch and a leviton voice and data module. With the new wires I ran for my new pole install, I think I need to expand it to a 2nd enclosure specially if I need to put a multiswitch in there too..
     

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  3. nrs

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    I have had the opportunity to be part of two installations. The first was a new install by a local installer / dealer and the second was a move of the original by whoever directv sent out. I'm now preparing for the first install of my own, scheduled through that same local installer. Both the original install and the move lacked anything I'm seeing here such as a grounding block of any kind, drip loops, etc - they also didn't have a multi switch of any kind so I'm not sure if those items are exclusive to a multi switch.

    I have that same original installer scheduled to come soon and do my new installation and I'm afraid that what he's installing isn't being done correctly. There were never any problems with the prior installations but I'm worried about how safe they may or may not be. Should I mention to the installer my concerns about grounding? Also I'm planning on a slim line with a swm-lnb on a pole mount.... this is really the only way to do it due to the condo situation. I'm wondering if these usually need the monopoles or not? or how you would even do monopoles on a mole mount. The installer said that the pole required for a slimline was different than other dishes... the dish that was there before was one of the ones with the side-car ... does that match the recommendations for the slimline?

    sorry for all of the questions... thanks in advance!
     
  4. protrex

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    Nice looking job, I just hate the fact that you have FiOS and I don't.

    -Jamie
     
  5. Mertzen

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    Some new work. 1 HD DVR install.
     

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  6. samrs

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  7. Nov 2, 2008 #127 of 265
    notnufbw

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    This past June we moved back into our California house after living out of state for ten years. Thanks to DBSTALK.COM I knew about the SWM8 switch and obtained one and prayed it would allow us to use our DTV receivers with our 22 year old RG59 cable with one line to each room in the house. I was a nervous wreck for weeks wondering if the installer would be okay with the SWM8. Well, install day came and I was prepared to plead, to beg or to bribe him with $100.00 or so in cash if necessary. Turns out that he had heard a rumor about the SWM8 but thought it was a fairy tale regarding it's ability to make HD DVR's work with only one cable and with ancient RG59 cable at that. Fortunately he was very open to giving it a whirl after I showed him the SWM8 and convinced him it was a DirecTV product. He was very meticulous and I was amazed how concerned he was about doing a good job......a huge difference from the good old boys we had in North Carolina. Bottom line, the SWM8 works great with our old RG59 cable and we get terrific HD reception on our equipment.

    Attaching pictures of his work. The dish mounting equipment he had was perfect for our situation.

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  8. Nov 2, 2008 #128 of 265
    dave29

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    looks like that he ran new rg6 to the swm8 from the dish. you dont really want rg59 from the swm8 to the dish
     
  9. Nov 2, 2008 #129 of 265
    notnufbw

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    Yes, that's exactly what he did. He was able to put the SWM8 and splitter for our 4 receivers inside the existing Television utility box where the RG59 cables are located. He also ran RG6 cable from the wall outlets to the receivers.

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  10. Nov 2, 2008 #130 of 265
    Grentz

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    Here is my beauty! (With bird poo :p )

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  11. Nov 2, 2008 #131 of 265
    notnufbw

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    As requested, more pictures.

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  12. Apr 5, 2009 #132 of 265
    Mertzen

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    Been a while but here goes, from a recent worldirect install.
     

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  13. Apr 7, 2009 #133 of 265
    Mertzen

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    Open switch output was later weatherproofed.
     

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  14. Apr 7, 2009 #134 of 265
    IDRick

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    Anyone recognize the mount in notnufbw installation? Is this a standard mount if one requests an under eave mount? If it's extra, how much is it? Would it clear rain gutters?

    thanks!

    Rick
     
  15. Apr 7, 2009 #135 of 265
    Mertzen

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    Yeah, that's a standard under eave mount. All techs should have seen the training video on it. But I don't know it's price or availability.
     
  16. Apr 7, 2009 #136 of 265
    notnufbw

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    The installer asked me for $75.00 for the mount, said it was his last one and that he wasn't supposed to use them anymore but he said they were superior to what he was supposed to use. He showed me the approved mount, called it "the elephant" and it was big and ugly. Don't recall what the whole story was, maybe it was BS and he was just selling these on the side to make a few bucks but it's been perfect for our situation.

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  17. Apr 7, 2009 #137 of 265
    Mertzen

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    Oh yeah there is one that mounts about the same but has a mast integrated into it, Like a big J.
     
  18. Apr 7, 2009 #138 of 265
    notnufbw

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    Yup, that sounds like "the elephant" that he showed me.

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  19. Apr 7, 2009 #139 of 265
    IDRick

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    Thanks VR and Mertzen! I will need to reroof in about 5 yrs so I'm toward an under eave mount. Very nice mount. :)
     
  20. Apr 7, 2009 #140 of 265
    netraa

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    this is what we are using for undereave mounts in the field right now. again, YMMV
     

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