Well guys, I think I pretty much understand it for the most part. I didn't realize the CCK took up one of the channels of the SWM so I guess it can really only handle 15 tuners (unless I use the HR34 to connect to the Internet).
If I were to use the HR34 as my CCK is it as simple as connecting a coax from the 8 way splitter to the Sat In and an Ethernet wire connected to the Internet in the Ethernet port? My understanding is the HR34 already has a DECA built in so no use for one on it (same is true for the HR24 I believe).
If I were not to use the HR34 as a CCK I guess the internal DECA would do all the connectivity so no connection to the Ethernet port would be required to either do MRV or connect to the Internet. Is that correct?
I have a direct coax running to my Internet switch from where the HR34 will live. It is about 30 feet I would guess. Is that the optiminal solution or does it matter?
I notice on the diagram that the 8 way splitters are not balanced and in this post somewhere someone responded that it should be balanced as much as possible or it won't work. Is that true?
As RAD has posted, and I keep trying to get across to everyone, the DECA and the SWiM have NO interaction, and are completely separate.
If you connect the HR34 to your router, then it will act as the CCK bridging to your home network and the DECA networking.
While the HR24 also has both an internal DECA and a ethernet port, you can't use both, because when the ethernet cable is plugged in it turns off the internal DECA.
There are a lot of diagrams and installs with 8-way splitters, but there is no need for them unless you have more than four coax to connect.
There are 4-ways that will work better in a lot of cases.
As for "balancing", each output of the SWiM-16 works independently, so you could use all 8 on one leg and only 1 or 2 on the other.
Since the higher the frequency, the more loss through both splitters and coax, it makes more sense to average the tuners between the two SWiM legs, since this will leave the highest frequencies open/unused, on both outputs, and give the receivers the strongest signals.