I had done a lot of reading on these forums to get an understanding of what was going to need to happen.
My pre-upgrade equipment consisted of four receivers: HR20, HR22, HR24, and old Philips DirecTivo. On the order, I had requested an R22 as the swap for the Tivo in anticipation of upgrading that viewing location to HD.
The installer was a very nice gentleman who was very patient with me since I knew enough to be dangerous and wanted to use all of my existing buried coax. runs. As predicted, I got a SWiM LNB and green label splitter.
It is interesting though that he was pretty misinformed or the DirecTV party line forces them into some non-helpful dogma.
First, he was adamant that no rg-59 could be in play anywhere in the SWiM set-up. I told him I believed this was untrue except for the run that delivered the power.
Second, he didn't even want to use the existing rg6 runs saying that only the new (?"vision") rg6 cable was certified by DirecTV. He ultimately yielded on that point.
Third, he talked me into believing that the R22 could neither be upgraded to HD nor work with whole home DVR. I was confident that he was wrong, but ultimately got nervous and decided to just decline the R22 and instead mirror that viewing location from one of the other receivers.
Lastly, he connected the broadband deca to an ethernet coming out of a wireless bridge, rather than another ethernet run coming straight out of a switch. This works, but seems to have been not ideal.
My overwhelming sense is that DirecTV must put a great deal of pressure on the technicians to only install under "ideal" conditions so as not to create ongoing support burdens. This, of course, makes sense.
Overall, I'm happy with the work, but thankful for the forums to really know the score.
My only question: If I decide to move the broadband deca, can it make use of a coax run that has rg-59?
Edited by acheriff, 20 March 2011 - 11:35 AM.