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Would a SWM help me?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by igator99, May 21, 2009.

  1. igator99

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    I have a DVR in the bedroom but only one line running to it. I was thinking it would be easy to put a SWM there and split the signal. It would be a real pain to run another line. Is that is what this is for? Would this work?
     
  2. kevinturcotte

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    It would, as long as it's not an R15 (Not SWM compatible).
     
  3. Milkman

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    • What kind of DVR is it
    • Is your one line coming to that receiver coming directly through from the dish, or is going through a splitter in your attic or what?
     
  4. DBSNewbie

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    If I am understanding your question correctly (to put the SWM at the bedroom where there is only one line coming in) then, no, that will not work properly. The SWM needs four lines coming in from the dish (with an option for OTA) then outputs one line from there that can be split up to a combination of eight tuners (SWM-8).

    So, in your situation, you need to place the SWM at a location where four lines are coming in from the dish, then split from there to your bedroom DVR (as long as your DVR is an R16 or later model)
     
  5. kevinturcotte

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    Yes, you would need to run 4 lines from the LNB to the SWM Module, unless you get the LNB that has SWM built right in. Either way, from the SWM (LNB or Module) you'd have the one cable going to your DVR. Actually, you wouldn't have to split that either. The DVR takes care of that internally.
     
  6. mhayes70

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    Like others have said. It would work great as long as you have the right DVR. If it is a SD DVR the one's that will work is the R16 and R22. If you have an HD DVR then anything HR20 and above will work.
     
  7. Mertzen

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    Do you have a ka/ku dish to begin with?
    Also unless you plan to use the SWM8 switch all your IRDs need to be SWM compatible.
     
  8. kevinturcotte

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    Don't need a Ka/Ku dish. The module works just fine with the Phase III.
     
  9. texasbrit

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    Actually the SWM8 works with any DirecTV dish, even the 18 inch round dish....
     
  10. jdspencer

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    SWM capable receivers don't need their signal to be split for dual tuner usage. It is split internally.

    The OP also needs to tell us what dish he has. And DVR model.
     
  11. igator99

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    I have one of the newer black DVR's not sure what model. I have one line coming into the bedroom. I thought the SWM would allow me to split that one line into two?
     
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    I think the point is that you'd not have to split the line into two if you had SWM. SWM allows you to run a DVR with both tuners working off of one line. The splitting is done internally in the DVR.
     
  13. DBSNewbie

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    Yes, an SWM would allow you to split that one line in your bedroom (to connect additional receivers, for example). Splitting to get a connection to a second tuner on one DVR is not necessary, as the the "splitting" is done internally on the DVR, as others have mentioned. This is, of course, after the SWM is installed in a location that can be fed four lines from the dish, then outputted to feed your one line in your bedroom.
     
  14. SDizzle

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    Sounds like the DVR will accept SWM, based on it being a black one...we still should know model just for 100% clarification. Is this the only receiver in the house? What dish do you have?
     
  15. igator99

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    I have a slimline 5 lnb. I have 5 receivers 1 HR20 Dvr, 2 RCA SD receivers and 1 black HDDVR and 1 black HD receiver. I was thinking to use a SWM simply in the bedroom so I could record one show while watching another. That is it.
     
  16. 69hokie

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    Looks like you have at least 5 tuners at present in service. That would indicate that there is a multiswitch somewhere in your system that presently feeds your house system. That multiswitch probably has the four leads from the dish currently attached. Find the current multiswitch in your house. Assuming there is a multiswitch there already, replace the multiswitch with a SWM8 and its power supply. If any of the current receivers is not SWM capable, hook them to the legacy outputs of the SWM8. If you already had two feeds to the HR20, you will only need one feed connected to the SWM8. You can split the signal on a SWM line with appropriate splitters. The SWM8 will supply feed to 8 tuners...that is two tuners per DVR and one tuner per simple receiver. A single feed to each receiver is all that is needed with a SWM. The DVR tuners internally split a SWM signal to feed each internal tuner. From your mix, you need to be able to feed 7 tuners to have all tuners active...easily handled by a SWM8.
     
  17. bahlk

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    I have a close situation to the OP. I have a R16 and a R22 and a regular SD receiver being fed off a regular dish (i believe it is the 18"). Is it possible to use the swm to take advantage of the dual tuner with a single line? Would i have to use a multi switch between the dish and the swm module to give it 4 lines or would i just take the two lines from the dish and plug in. Or is it even possible to use the SWM module with the setup I have.
     
  18. kevinturcotte

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    What are the models of the 2 SD receivers? Unless they're both D12s, it's not going to work.
     
  19. bahlk

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    I have: R22 in Living room; R16 in Master bedroom and D12 in my daughter's room
     
  20. SDizzle

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    He can hook them to legacy ports no matter what the model is....
     

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