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Look what a SWM will let you do.


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#21 ONLINE   Doug Brott

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Posted 28 August 2008 - 10:55 AM

The SWM makes installing TVs, in locations that otherwise would have been nearly impossible or impractical to get to, a relatively easy task.


I'm not sure I'd call that relatively easy, but it's certainly creative :)
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Posted 28 August 2008 - 11:18 AM

I'm not sure I'd call that relatively easy, but it's certainly creative :)


The keyword was "relatively" :) :)

The alternative was to notch through the studs of several walls to get additional coax lines fished from the multi-switch to the bedroom or bathroom.
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Posted 28 August 2008 - 12:40 PM

if you don't want caller id then the phone line can go.

very nice!

Wish I'd done it with my cabinets.

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Posted 28 August 2008 - 02:44 PM

does the swm mount on the dish? is it in the lnb? isnt there a multiswitch in my basement?

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Posted 28 August 2008 - 03:19 PM

does the swm mount on the dish? is it in the lnb? isnt there a multiswitch in my basement?

swm CAN go in the LNB (SWMLine dish) or behind the dish, on the outside wall, or in the basement. it is almost like a multiswitch
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Posted 28 August 2008 - 03:19 PM

does the swm mount on the dish? is it in the lnb? isnt there a multiswitch in my basement?



Both actually exist, the SWM switch came first that would take the lines from the dish and convert them to single wires going out (up to 8 tuners). Now there is also SWM LNB module where only one wire come from the dish into the house and can be split so it can run up to 8 tuners.
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Posted 29 August 2008 - 10:47 PM

swm CAN go in the LNB (SWMLine dish) or behind the dish, on the outside wall, or in the basement. it is almost like a multiswitch


It IS a multiswitch :)
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Posted 29 August 2008 - 10:54 PM

I started to wire for something like that (and have DVR space) in our kitchen when we built it 3.5 years ago. Then I realized that 99.9% of the time, whatever was being watched in the kitchen would also be on in the living room. So, I just added a drop to the kitchen and that TV (if we ever get it) can easily be added to the rest of the houses distribution system without the need to have a seperate DVR (and fees associated with it). It'll be SD, but can't see going HD in the kitchen (probably 17" display) anyway.

I'm sure Directv can't wait to get their hands on your unit.

 
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Posted 29 August 2008 - 11:08 PM

It IS a multiswitch :)
Anywhere a WB68 will go, you can put an SWM8.

Not so fast. A WB68 will drive up to eight legacy tuners and the SWM8 will drive only three.

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Posted 29 August 2008 - 11:17 PM

Not so fast. A WB68 will drive up to eight legacy tuners and the SWM8 will drive only three.


You can add 4 more with a Legacy Port Expander.

The question and answer were related to locating the SWM, not functional equivalency.

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Posted 30 August 2008 - 01:28 PM

As described in the OP...

For those interested in trying mini coax for the last few feet of a SWM run, I found a very reasonable (read cheap) source here. They have other good stuff too. I've been looking all over the place for these. Max shipping is only $5. I can not vouch for their service - just placed my first order with them a few minutes ago.

Edit: 8/2/07 - no email order acknowledgment or confirmation (not good) but did get email "to notify you that the package information below has been transmitted to UPS" with a tracking #. Delivery date is tomorrow.

Edit: 8/3/07 - order arrived today and everything is OK. Cable quality seems good - now running 3 HR20s with mini-coax at the end of the SWM runs.

Now this is some cool cable. :)

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Posted 31 August 2008 - 08:00 AM

Now this is some cool cable. :)

That's alot of bang for the buck...the pricing is actually not as high as I would have expected.

If you're gonna make a new runs somewhere...this is the way to go indeed.

Thanks for sharing.
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Posted 31 August 2008 - 09:56 AM

That's alot of bang for the buck...the pricing is actually not as high as I would have expected.

If you're gonna make a new runs somewhere...this is the way to go indeed.

Thanks for sharing.

I agree, if you're building a new house, or making new runs, thats the way to go. They should put that in all new houses.

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Posted 31 August 2008 - 11:51 AM

If you're gonna make a new runs somewhere...this is the way to go indeed.

Note that this mini cable is not suitable for long runs and cannot be used with legacy switchgear or anywhere a PI is involved.

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Posted 31 August 2008 - 12:10 PM

Note that this mini cable is not suitable for long runs and cannot be used with legacy switchgear or anywhere a PI is involved.

Runs up to 150' would be fine with this cable.

Also, you can still use the cable with a PI setup, just striping out the cat 5 portion at the connector....althought for the 15 ' section between the SWM and PI, it would be much easier just to use regular RG6 and save the extra work.
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Posted 31 August 2008 - 06:12 PM

Note that this mini cable is not suitable for long runs and cannot be used with legacy switchgear or anywhere a PI is involved.

Runs up to 150' would be fine with this cable.

Also, you can still use the cable with a PI setup, just striping out the cat 5 portion at the connector....althought for the 15 ' section between the SWM and PI, it would be much easier just to use regular RG6 and save the extra work.


I think harsh was talking about the Mini Coax High Definition Cables not the Cat 5e and RG-6 Composite Cable.
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Posted 31 August 2008 - 06:36 PM

I think harsh was talking about the Mini Coax High Definition Cables not the Cat 5e and RG-6 Composite Cable.

Then that would make more sense...thanks for clarifying.
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Posted 31 August 2008 - 11:35 PM

Then that would make more sense...thanks for clarifying.

The mini coax was what daniellee was referring to in post #12.




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