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Non-SWM: Should I do the upgrade?


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#1 OFFLINE   LowPingBoy

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 03:37 PM

Currently have 6 boxes, all DVR, all SWM compatible, but the wiring is the old stuff, WB68s, BBC, etc. all installed and maintained by DTV. If I want to get connected home would I be better off just to give them a call and let them handle it ($250 I think) or buy the parts a follow the instructions posted here?

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 03:53 PM

you will be better off letting them handle it because the parts alone will cost you more than what they will charge you. you need a swm16 multiswitch , and a bunch of receiver decas etc. the price has come down from that also I just did one where they were only charged 99 dollars. with them doing it also its all guaranteed for 90 days so you can make sure everything is working properly.

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 04:02 PM

Thanks for the prompt reply. That was kind of what was thinking and I believe they throw in the Cinema Connection kit up and running for no charge.

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 04:45 PM

you will be better off letting them handle it because the parts alone will cost you more than what they will charge you. you need a swm16 multiswitch , and a bunch of receiver decas etc. the price has come down from that also I just did one where they were only charged 99 dollars. with them doing it also its all guaranteed for 90 days so you can make sure everything is working properly.


Agreed
the only reason to DIY it is if you want to have full control over the placement and everything

For me I bought a SWM16 off E-bay for $60+shipping and Deca Pack for $69 +shipping (the Deca pack came with more than I'm going to use, 3x decas, 1x CCK, 1x BSF)

and then I did the work myself and will still have to get DTV to enable WHDVR which might be harder without them doing the install (maybe/maybe not)

so for mine $149 + mounting hardware, and if they do it you might get it cheaper and might get some recivers upgraded

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 05:39 PM

Agreed
the only reason to DIY it is if you want to have full control over the placement and everything

For me I bought a SWM16 off E-bay for $60+shipping and Deca Pack for $69 +shipping (the Deca pack came with more than I'm going to use, 3x decas, 1x CCK, 1x BSF)

and then I did the work myself and will still have to get DTV to enable WHDVR which might be harder without them doing the install (maybe/maybe not)

so for mine $149 + mounting hardware, and if they do it you might get it cheaper and might get some recivers upgraded


I did it myself much like DarkLogix. VOS helped me with the design. Purchased everything on-line. My calendar, not wanting to deal with DIRECTV techs in my home and the assistance of DBStalk.com have led me to install everything myself over the years.

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 07:25 PM

Since you already have the cabling in place, I would just do it myself.

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 07:35 PM

Since you already have the cabling in place, I would just do it myself.

Being the cheap SOB I am, I doubt I could get all the parts I need cheaper that what DirecTV charges. SWiM-16s ain't cheap. :nono:
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Posted 19 November 2011 - 09:04 PM

Being the cheap SOB I am, I doubt I could get all the parts I need cheaper that what DirecTV charges. SWiM-16s ain't cheap. :nono:


E-bay is the answer

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 09:27 PM

Sure, but DIRECTV installers are really well trained on this sort of thing, and most folks aren't going to bring the same experience to the task.
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Posted 19 November 2011 - 09:32 PM

Sure, but DIRECTV installers are really well trained on this sort of thing, and most folks aren't going to bring the same experience to the task.


Ya I was only arguing the price part

most people should let DTV do the work as they normally know what they're doing and are most likely to do a better job

I'm actually thinking of looking for an excuse to get a tech out here to shorten the cables from the Grounding block to the SWM16 (they're a total mess, and I know if I cut and re-end them it won't be good I'm just bad at putting coax ends on good I don't have the practice they do)

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 09:41 PM

E-bay is the answer

Currently eBay is $115, so it ain't that cheap.
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Posted 19 November 2011 - 09:46 PM

Currently eBay is $115, so it ain't that cheap.


no e-bay has it for $73.95 + free shipping w/ splitters and PI
http://www.ebay.com/...=item3f10562a45

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 09:47 PM

no e-bay has it for $73.95 + free shipping w/ splitters
http://www.ebay.com/...=item3f10562a45

So much for going to ebay and searching SWiM-16, as it only showed one for $115
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Posted 19 November 2011 - 09:55 PM

So much for going to ebay and searching SWiM-16, as it only showed one for $115


I searched SWM16 no dash and no i




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