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Converting from SWM LNB to SWM-16

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by lzhj9k, Mar 2, 2011.

  1. lzhj9k

    lzhj9k Legend

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    I currently have a SWM LNB and 4 DVR's and 1 HD Receiver.

    One DVR has a single tuner enabled because of the tuner limit of the SWM LNB. (8 tuners).

    I have a couple of questions.......

    Is it better to power the SWM 16 thru the "Power Port" or just use SW-1/Power Port ?
    I could run 1 less Rg-6 cable....If I use the SWM-1/Power.

    Is there an advantage to balance the number of tuners between SW-1 and SW-2 ?
    Or should I be concerned with cable length to each receiver ?

    The shorter RG-6 runs are upstairs to 3 DVR's (Approx 30 ft each).
    The longer runs are down to the first floor, 1 DVR (Approx 55ft) and 1 HD Receiver (Approx 45ft).
    I have a distribution closet on the second floor and the run back to the SW-16 is approximately 45 ft.

    I have my SWM-16 and 2-4 way green label splitters and will perform the conversion when the weather breaks and I can safely remove siding...

    I would prefer to do it the best way, if there is one... even if that means pulling and extra RG-6 cable to power the SWM-16 and or Balancing the system.

    Thanks for you time and responses
     
  2. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    "Frankly" I'd do it the easiest way and be done with it.
    Your coax runs aren't long enough to matter nor does "balancing".
    While I might balance them, this is more because I wouldn't have to think later if I wanted to dick around with more receivers.
     
  3. David Ortiz

    David Ortiz Save the Clock Tower!!

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    Ideally you would only split the signal as much as you had to. If using the dedicated power port on the SWiM-16 allowed me to use a 2-way instead of jumping to a 4-way splitter, or use a 4-way instead of jumping to an 8-way splitter, I would want to use the dedicated power port.
     
  4. lzhj9k

    lzhj9k Legend

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    I might want to add an H-25 in the Kitchen for the better half..
     
  5. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    If/when you do, you'd simply need to know/remember what the tuner count is on each of the outputs.
     
  6. lzhj9k

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    Dave

    While I currently have 2-4 Way green splitters.........

    I could power it with a separate RG-6 line and for now, use a 4 Way and a 2 Way Splitter.

    I would need one 4 way to connect 3 receivers and the B.B. Deca

    I could use a 2 way for the other two receivers.... Until we find an H-25 for the Kitchen..........
     
  7. lzhj9k

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    Yes 8 per SWM output for a total of 16..

    I currently have 9 tuners on my SWM LNB with one DVR set up with a single tuner only....

    I would still be under the 16 if I add an H-25 for the kitchen.

    Now,,,, If I could get an HR34-700 then who knows what the georgraphy would look like....
     
  8. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    With nine tuners now, and the lengths you posted, this just seems like a no brainer for now. And by this I mean almost any way you connect things will work fine.
     

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