Everything in my previous setup as well as my new setup works just fine as far as I can tell. My reason for asking about this is just so I can keep up with how my setup is installed, any issues I may incur with this setup, and if there is a "better way" to have this all configured in the event I need to try and troubleshoot or replace a piece or two in the future. So any input or suggestions on this setup would be greatly appreciated.
My previous setup was 3 HD DVR's, 1 HD tuner, and 1 SD tuner. System was a SWiM system where the multiswitch was in the LNB and a 8 way splitter in the basement feeding the receivers with only one coax feed from the dish to the splitter and PI in the basement. There was also a ICK in the Living Room which gives wired internet access to the Whole Home Setup.
New Genie replaced the old SD receiver which brought me to 12 tuners so a SWiM 16 was necessary. We needed to move a few receivers around to make the Genie our primary receiver in the Living Room. The other DVR's are now in the bedrooms, and an HD receiver in the basement. Since we were already setup in a SWiM config, no additional coax feeds within the house was necessary other than adding one additional line from the dish, to the SWiM 16, to the basement. I also moved the ICK to one of the bedrooms with an available hardwired switch along with the DVR from the living room instead of just using the HR44 to allow internet access to the whole home setup. I have read about some issues with doing that, and the ICK has been flawless so I kept it that way.
Installer replaced the SWiM LNB with the non multiswitch style and installed a SWiM 16 outside the basement wall on the side of the house just below the dish. They ran one additional feed from the dish to the multiswitch so there are now two lines going from the dish to the multiswitch. Two lines from the multiswitch into the basement with one going to the old 8 way switch, and the other to the PI in the basement. The 8 way splitter still has the original 7 tuners connected to it where the other side of the PI is now connected directly to the Genie.
Everything works, all receivers see each other's playlists, all have internet connectivity and communicate just fine. So I guess if it ain't broke, don't fix it, right? However, being the curious type I would like to know if this is the "best it can be" in regards to simplicity, signal strength, etc. Is there a better, more efficient, more reliable to have this all wired up? So this makes me think about a few things...........
1. Having the multiswitch outside in the weather. The installer said it would be fine, but I have always been partial to having everything BUT the dish indoors for longevity sake. To me, having that outside just introduces more places for a connector to fail, lines to get moisture in, etc. It is probably in the most protected "outside" place it could be in this house, but it is still outside none the less. And since I don't have the protection plan, and this equipment is now "mine" according to DirecTV, I want to try and make it last while minimizing the chance of any such issues since I will most likely be the one doing any repairs/troubleshooting, at least initially.
2. Wondering if the signal strengths will be lower on the other 7 receivers still connected to the splitter vs the Genie that is getting it's own line straight from the dish?. Is there a better way to "balance" this out or is this an optimal/acceptable setup? We have had a continuing issue with signal strengths on our LiL's (even prior to the Genie) which seem to go out during even a light sprinkle so I don't need even more degradation introduced into the system than was already there. Installer said they found some rust in the connector on the end of the old line connected to the LNB and it was replaced. But I just don't have a lot of confidence that this was the actual issue until we get our next decent shower, and we don't lose our signals. Which old "Phil" seeing his shadow today, it's going to be a while yet.
Anything else I may need to be aware of that I may encounter with this setup, or could be mitigated/eliminated with a reconfiguration of the setup?
TIA for any thoughts, ideas, suggestions, or approval of the current config.