I appreciate all of the advise from everyone. However, my in-laws have 1 HR24 and three H24s. Therefore I believe that is a total of 5 SWM streams and a SWM 4 Splitter would be one stream short. I realize that I only physically have 4 RG6 lines but am I correct given the nature of SWM. Thanks.
Huh?????? The number of tuners you are using has absolutely no impact on the number of ports the splitter needs. The only thing that matters is the number of coax cables you need (one for each receiver wheter it's a regular receiver or DVR).
If you are only hooking up those 4 receivers then you only need a 4 way splitter. The only reason you might need a bigger splitter would be if you were adding a broadband DECA also. And even if you were doing that you could just add a 2 way splitter after the 4 way splitter to add it.
OK, I just went back and re-read everything and it seems like their may be some real issues with how you have things hooked up. First of all where is your Power Inserter located? Is it before the 8 way splitter? If not then the red port on your power inserter needs to be hooked up to the read out port on your splitter, and the red in port should be hooked up to the line coming from your dish.
The next issue seems to be that you are using an 8 way splitter, but you are only using 4 of the out ports, is that correct? If so then you need to replace it with a 4 way splitter.
Finally, it sounds like you are hooking up a DECA broadband adapter and your HR24 to the 2 way Ideal splitter you linked to before. If that is the case it may be worth replacing that splitter with a green label 2 way splitter from SolidSignal.
I think you may not understand the difference between a SWM splitter, and a SWM multiswitch. The SWM multiswitch is where you have the limit of the number of tuners that can be hooked up to it. A SWM 5 multiswitch supports 5 tuners, SWM 8 multiswitch supports 8 tuners, SWM 16 supports 16, etc. The SWM multiswitches take 4 lines in from a standard LNB, and then have 2 outputs which you then use splitters on to supply your receivers. A SWM LNB just has one output line that goes to a SWM splitter then out to your receivers.
The SWM splitters are just splitters and have absolutely no impact on the number of tuners you can use. You want to use as few, and as small of splitters as you can to hook up all of your devices to maximize your signal.
Edited by Beerstalker, 06 June 2011 - 01:19 PM.
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