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Advice on expanding present system

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#26 OFFLINE   Mojo_Ryzen



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Posted 09 September 2011 - 06:35 AM

Once again, I'd like to thank everyone who posted advice.

I completed the expansion of my legacy system and it went off without a hitch - except for my surprise at the cost of cables. I bit the bullet and bought compression/stripper tools, as well as 100 ft RG-6 (2300MHz tested) spools from Lowes. I could probably have gotten them cheaper, but Lowes was convenient for me. Also, "tested to 2300MHz" is stamped on the cable jackets. So I have some extra cable and tools that I may never use again, but my system can support 16 tuners. I posted a block diagram of my setup in the attached pdf file, along with my final Bill of Materials. D* provided a free HR24 in exchange for extending my subscription for two years. They also offered to replace all my legacy (owned) receivers for free.

The only downside is that the 1st floor's OTA antenna input feeds directly into the TV, so those OTA-input-channels do not show up in the HR24 on-screen guide, like they do on my HR20. I can live with it though, since it's only a back-up when we have heavy rains in the Mid-Atlantic states - like now!

Attached Files

HR24-500|HR20-100S; 0x4d1|5LNB Slimline|Dual WB68s
Samsung SIR-S4080R|Sony SAT-T60|Sony SAT-A3|
Sharp LC-60C52U|Onkyo TXSR605B/DS-A2|Polk RM6750
Harmony 880|Netgear XAV1004 Powerline Ethernet
D* subscriber since 1998|Tivo lifetimer|1984 V65 Magna VF1100C

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#27 OFFLINE   cabletech



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Posted 09 September 2011 - 12:15 PM

mojo Glad to see you have your system running the way you wanted. But, I have to say again that even thru Lowes was convent, you got ripped off big time for the price of the cable. Hell, for $150 I would have shipped you a 1000ft spool and then you would have more then enough to cover what ever you wanted.

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