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SWiM splitter vs switch?

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#1 OFFLINE   MattWarner



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Posted 23 May 2013 - 07:43 AM

Thinking about coming back to DirecTV after a year or two with cable.  Previously, I had a non swim install (two HR20s).  While an installer was next door, I asked him a few tech questions about coming back and I want to run what he recommended by the forum here.  


I have two TVs (one used all the time, one seldom); four coaxes run from the dish from the previous install with two coaxes to each room.  I want a Genie in the den and a Genie mini in the bedroom.


With that, the installer recommended using a SWiM splitter at the side of the house (replacing the grounding block).  One leg goes to the Den, one leg goes to the bedroom.  


My questions are:


#1 - Can a SWiM splitter be grounded enough to replace a grounding block?

#2 - Can a SWiM splitter be exposed to the elements outside?

#3 - Can a SWiM splitter be placed in the middle of a coax run or does it need to be at the receiver end?

#4 - Does it make since to use a 1x2 SWiM splitter instead of a SWim switch if you only need two legs?


Thanks in advance..

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#2 OFFLINE   carl6


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Posted 23 May 2013 - 08:44 AM

Basically yes to all of your questions. The LNB assembly in the dish will also be replaced and only one of the four existing coax will be connected.

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 10:02 AM

Perfect.  Thanks Carl6 for the reply!

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 10:09 AM

There's really no need to replace the current 4 barrel grounding block;


Just use one of its coax output runs to a SWiM splitter which you then wouldn't need to ground.


For instance if you call for a DIRECTV install they won't ground the splitter either, but might replace the 4 barrel GB with a single barrel one which then connects to an un-gounded SWiM splitter.


Everything else is as carl6 states ... 

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 09:18 PM

Note that if you use a splitter to ground the system, that splitter MUST be BEFORE the power inserter.

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 09:01 AM

Thanks, gang!

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