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Would like to add reciever

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by billfaith, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. billfaith

    billfaith New Member

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    Hello

    I have a dvr and 2 standard receivers. I would like to add a second dvr (used) and keep the 2 standard receivers. The problem is that I am out of ports on my switch. My switch has 2 ports coming in and 4 going out. I am using all 4 for the 4 receivers I have. I looked at my dish and its an old oval dish with 1 LNB. There are 2 cables coming out of it and I assume there are only 2 ports on it. What do I have to add/change to make this work? Do I need a bigger LNB, a newer dish, a new switch? Thanks.
     
  2. billfaith

    billfaith New Member

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    2 cables can power 8 receivers? That seems too easy!!
     
  3. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

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    You are obviously on a standard definition system. A multiswitch is a device that allows you to connect multiple receivers/DVRs to your dish. Either 2 or 4 coax cables go between the dish and the inputs of the multiswitch. Different models of multiswitch have different quantities of outputs. Typical are 8 outputs. Switches are commonly referred to by the number of inputs x the number of outputs, for example 3x8, 4x8, 6x8.

    A DVR needs two coax, a non-DVR receiver needs one. So in your case two DVRs = 4 inputs and two receivers = 2 more inputs for a total of six. Using an 8 output multiswitch gives you what you need (with two to spare).

    If you choose to upgrade to high definition (HD), then you can do it all with just one coax from the dish.
     
  4. harsh

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    This is only true if the OP commits to giving up (either for sale or disposal) all of their existing equipment. None of the existing hardware (or switchgear acquired to expand the existing setup) could be reused in a DIRECTV-installed HD system.
     
  5. kevinturcotte

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    Don't know that yet. If he as D12s and R16s, he's fine.
     
  6. dpeters11

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    Heck, for all we know, he has an R22.
     
  7. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    Technically true, but it seems rather unlikely.

    The main point I was trying to make is that any switchgear that works with the existing system will be useless in an HD system.
     
  8. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    Not very likely if it is being acquired as "used". All SWiM capable equipment is likely leased and as such, doesn't carry a "new" or "used" status.
     
  9. dpeters11

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    Not necessarily, but I was actually referring to his current DVR.
     
  10. peds48

    peds48 Genius. DBSTalk Club

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    Not necessarily. a Zinwell 6x8 works fine with HD or HDDVR receivers
     
  11. kevinturcotte

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    That wouldn't give him SWM though, which is what Harsh was referring to.
     
  12. billfaith

    billfaith New Member

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    Thanks everyone! So if I went to HD, my r16 dvrs wouldnt work and a new multiswitch I am getting wouldnt work either? I am old school, standard def, just got rid of my last tube tv after black friday but I suppose someday I will do hd. Thanks again.
     
  13. jimmie57

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    With a slimline dish ( legacy, not SWM ) and the proper multiswitch you can run HD receivers and the old receivers you already have.
    There are many people that have this working for years.

    I am not an installer and will not list the exact items you need.
    If you call DirecTV and talk to them about upgrading to HD, they can tell you what they will and can't do. Probably cost you less than $100 for the labor, dish and any other items needed to make this happen. I did this 3 years ago. Give them a call.
     
  14. Old_School

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    IIRC, the R16's can do SWM... dunno what his standard box is but the D12 is also a SWM box. Personally i would update to a slimline with a SL3S LNB to a 8 way splitter and run a line to each box if indeed the OP is running 2 R16's and one D12.
     
  15. carl6

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    Yes, model numbers of the existing receivers would certainly help us to make suggestions.
     

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