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Why is SWS splitter full?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by rynning, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. Mar 4, 2013 #1 of 13
    rynning

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    Hi. I've searched the forums, but I still can't figure out why all 4 outputs on my SWS4 splitter are being used. I have two receivers, one with a DVR and one without. (Install is only 6 months old.)

    What I was hoping to do was use an available output to extend my home network with coax, putting a DirecTV DECA on the other end.

    Will this be possible?

    Thanks,
    Scott
     
  2. Mar 4, 2013 #2 of 13
    veryoldschool

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    You'll need to look into it more.

    "Maybe" your 4-way has:
    1 port to PI
    1 port to DVR
    1 port to receiver
    1 port to CCK
     
  3. Mar 4, 2013 #3 of 13
    rynning

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    Thanks. If that is what is connected (I'll check tonight), will I then need to get an 8-way splitter to extend my home network with a DirecTV DECA?
     
  4. Mar 4, 2013 #4 of 13
    veryoldschool

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    It sort of depends on where everything is and if it can be reconfigured.
    You might be able to connect the CCK [or a receiver] to the output of the PI, or move the PI before the splitter.
     
  5. Mar 4, 2013 #5 of 13
    rynning

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    My actual application is to connect an iAquaLink pool controller to my network with Ethernet (instead of wifi), and it just happens to be about 5 feet away from my 4-way splitter! My router and receivers are not close.

    Will this do it? http://www.amazon.com/Directv-Splitter-2-2150-Passing-Weather/dp/B0032UU762/

    Thanks again.
     
  6. Mar 4, 2013 #6 of 13
    HoTat2

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    No;


    The "Green Label" type optimized to pass the DECA network signal (MoCA) between its output ports such as here;

    http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.as...0-MHz)&c=Satellite Splitters&sku=874409002084
     
  7. Mar 4, 2013 #7 of 13
    rynning

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    Glad I asked the experts. Thanks!
     
  8. Mar 5, 2013 #8 of 13
    Bill Broderick

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    If it's easier, you can get a 2 way splitter and split one of the coax cables that are already going to the two DVR's, and continue the new run from that location, rather than running a new home run back to the 4-way splitter.
     
  9. Mar 5, 2013 #9 of 13
    harsh

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    You may be better off splitting the PI port since the PI won't suffer from signal loss.
     
  10. veryoldschool

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    While the PI "won't care", whatever is connected to the other port of the added splitter "will care".
     
  11. harsh

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    Since that whatever would be an adjacent DECA radio, I'm thinking it is the lesser of evils.
     
  12. veryoldschool

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    I was guessing that was what you were thinking, but if the added 2-way splitter is a green labeled, the DECA loss would be greater, than the loss to a receiver for SWiM.
    As it turns out, if you wanted to add a 2-way off of a 4-way, for the PI and a DECA, using a non green labeled splitter would have the lowest loss.
    Given the PI has an output, using it to feed another DECA would be the better option as you wouldn't have the added loss of a 2-way splitter.
     
  13. HoTat2

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    Ironic isn't it?

    While a "green label" splitter is optimized to pass the DECA (MoCA) network signal between its output ports, this feature actually causes a loss to the DECA signal when it has to traverse the splitter going from its output to input to reach its destination.

    [strike]This is a good reason why, convenience notwithstanding, to try and avoid any splitting downstream of the main root one in WH installs.[/strike]

    EDIT: Rather I should say that if splitting downstream of the root splitter is necessary a standard non-green label SWiM one is better to use unless communication of the DECA signal across the output ports is needed. Then a "green label" SWiM splitter is required of course, greater losses to the DECA signal when traversing from output to input notwithstanding.
     

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