Long time member, rare (if ever!) poster here!
I've been with Directv for well over 10 years, with most of that time using 2 DirecTiVo's. This is the third location I have had their service. I called a couple months ago to inquire about upgrading to the Genie, they gave me a "discount" price (I think it was $100 off, and full price for a Mini) so I told them no thanks, and off I went to work on the DirecTiVo that was dying. After limping the TiVo along for a couple more months, I got a call a couple weeks ago offering me a free Genie upgrade, and a free Mini. Uh... yes!
The installation was scheduled for today. I got a call saying that they have an issue with a tech, and they need to reschedule. Ugh... I guess they're going to be out here Tuesday after I get off work. (Very frustrating, since I can't record anything on one of the TiVo's and don't want to spend the time getting it to work. Not so much of an issue since it will be taken out of service anyway (I'm keeping the other one connected but de-activated to watch the many hours of programming that is stored on it.)
Anyway, now on to the real questions.
The house is old, I'm not worried about holes being drilled, etc. since there are cables already ran to most rooms in the house. All of the wiring terminates on the outside of the house at a 6x8 multiswitch, coming from a slimeline 5 LNB dish (all of that was here when I moved in!) What are the chances of them using a SWM8 and leaving the 4 cables running to the dish (future expansion options?)
Next, I have my cable modem and wireless router in a closet that just happens to have an open coax cable next to it. My hopes are that they will just install the CCK there and be ready to go. Also, can the power inserter run on that same cable? If not maybe they can run a cable into there or a dual cable to that location.
Now for they DECA question. With the Genie and the mini, I know that I won't need any DECA's, BUT, since there are already dual cables ran to each receiver (which will each now need only a single cable) can use a DECA on the end of each of those open cables to have ethernet available to the devices that are at each location (Xbox 360, Blu-ray player?) If this would work, I'm guessing that I would need to have a terminator on the end of the DECA that would normally be going to a receiver. correct? I'm just triying to figure out the easiest way to eliminate some of the wireless devices sitting around that have questionable reliability. If this will not work, then I suppose I will just run Cat5 cables to them, which will be more difficult due to limited access.
Thanks for listening, and thinks in advance for any answers!