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Getting Whole Home Setup Today - Any Tips?

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#26 OFFLINE   Insomniac2k



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Posted 24 August 2011 - 06:08 PM

I made a couple edits, and maybe no one noticed since it didn't push the thread up. (Not that it needs to be visible, but at least appear to have more information.)

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#27 OFFLINE   Insomniac2k



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Posted 02 September 2011 - 09:28 PM

I have looked around outside and had someone check out what is wired up downstairs. What a mess outside! There are so many lines that aren't even in use out there.

As far as I can tell, there is 1 line run to a 1 to 4 box from the Dish. There are no markings on the box, it's is just a beige color.

(There is also at least one ground, part of the mess left behind is 7 (7!) coaxial cables coming out of the Dish. 4 I assume were the old lines which now just end at a dead end. 1 is the new line to the 1 to 4 splitter. The last 2 head towards ground.)

From the 1 to 4 splitter, it connects to the original pairs of coaxial cable that headed to SD Tivos 4 years ago.

Now I have the HR20-700 upstairs and one coax goes to the SWM Power Inverter and the other goes to the DECA Adapter. The DECA Adapter has a coax to Sat 1 and Ethernet connected up.

Downstairs is a HR24. One line goes to Sat 1 and the other goes to the WCCK. Ethernet connects the WCCK to the HR24. The termination cap is on the WCCK.

As far as I know, I'm not having any trouble with MRV or Internet connectivity on the receivers. My problem is with network shares between other devices. I started to check on the DirecTV stuff because the problems started then and I know way back there was a compatibility issue between Popcorn Hour devices and HR-2X receivers. So I wanted to see if I could remove the receivers from my home network and just have MRV with no external access to see if my network share problem went away.

Now I may be discovering a lot of things were not done right. As you can see from this thread, the installer didn't know what he was doing.

Edit: I also see the following additional note in my system info screen (HR20-700). "To enable coax networking, disconnect the ethernet cable from your receiver and reboot."

Edit 2:
So my questions:
1. Does that wiring seem right (aside from the WCCK)?
2. Can the HR20-700 work with just coax networking as the note indicates (I don't see much of a reason to just connect up more than is necessary)?
3. Should the installers have left so much wiring/gear behind outside of the house?
4. If I just run the coax straight to the HR24, doesn't that take the DVRs off my home network completely, but leave MRV?

Finally, not specifically helpful to me now, but it seems like DirecTV has made an effort to make the run from the Dish to the house the same as the run from the telephone pole to the house for cable companies. And since the receivers/DVRs only need one line, you could use all the wiring already in your house. Is this right?

I appreciate everyone's help explaining and teaching me what's what.


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