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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by dave29, Jan 2, 2008.

  1. Feb 19, 2008 #661 of 1425
    houskamp

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    Thats they way they seem to do it alot.. you'll have them and workorders to install them a week or 2 before the install video gets to your shop...
     
  2. Feb 19, 2008 #662 of 1425
    kjgarrison

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    Or, maybe more like: What does it DO?

    It's kinda confusing. How does this thing, being only on one of the SWM's outputs work? Is it just to power the SWM itself?

    I gather it's not amplification or boost of the signal itself.
     
  3. Feb 19, 2008 #663 of 1425
    Michael D'Angelo

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    Yes it is just a power supply for the SWM.
     
  4. Feb 19, 2008 #664 of 1425
    kjgarrison

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    A couple of weeks ago, I contacted DTV support and told them about my problem with multiple locations in my house with only one coax. I asked for a SWM.

    At the main support line, they said they couldn't order this particular part to be installed, but that they ARE available in my location and it would be up to the tech to see if he agrees that a SWM is what is needed.

    So they scheduled a visit, and the tech came out.

    As you can guess, the tech had only a minimal idea what a SWM is. He called his manager, and was told SWMs will be available here in June. He was very interested and a bit frustrated that a customer knew more about it than he did. So, I gave him the info on this thread. Don't know if he ever came here, has posted, or just lurks. If he does follow, I'm sure he will be way ahead of his peers in understanding!

    I'll be enjoying my SWM8, thanks to Dave, loooong before that :)
     
  5. Feb 20, 2008 #665 of 1425
    NO1B4ME

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    dave,

    Do you think the swm helpd form not getting a searching for 771 message. I see you have 7+ DVR's and do not complain of this issue. I have been going crazy trying to figure out my issue and i see allot of other members are having this problem.

    I wanted an swm because it takes the place of the bbc's as well. Maybe the BBC's are picky.
     
  6. Feb 20, 2008 #666 of 1425
    dave29

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    i dont think it is going to help with the 771. i have never had the problem that you are having. are you still having this problem? i think that you have some bad connectors on your cables. if you have even one piece of the braid touching the center conductor it will cause such problems. i would start there, but it does seem like that you need a swm anyway because you only have one cable running to each hr 21. check your fittings and see what you find. if you want a swm i have 1 sitting here at my house and a shipment coming in on monday.
     
  7. Feb 20, 2008 #667 of 1425
    Brian7270

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    Ok, that went about as well as expected. Actually worse. This is the second visit now that a tech has showed up with a work order that did not even remotely describe the order I discussed with the agent on the phone. No SWM, not even a multiswitch and no clue as to what they are supposed to be hooking up. So freaking annoying. Plus, the wires in my walls are RG59 and they indicate that it is not capable of carrying hi def signals so new RG6 needs to be dropped to all locations. This of course is a significant up charge on a slab house where the drops must come from the attic down two stories.

    So the tech calls his supervisor after I ask him where the SWM is at. The tech does not even know what one is of course. The supervisor is interested once I describe it to him as he has never had one installed but thinks he might be able to get one so he calls his supplier. He calls me back a bit later and says his supplier told him Directv is pulling them from the market because there were significant issues with their test roll out.

    I tended to think this was bs to get me off the issue but who knows.

    Brian
     
  8. Feb 21, 2008 #668 of 1425
    veryoldschool

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    "His supplier" was referring to the SWM5 that was out in five test markets. This has been dropped. The SWM8 has not been dropped, but wasn't part of the test markets.

    You need to get a SWM8 from dave29 since it was designed to work with RG59. Most likely the dish to SWM to PI will need to be RG6, but then you can use your RG59 feeds to your locations.
     
  9. Feb 21, 2008 #669 of 1425
    kjgarrison

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    Probably BS. Truth is: Dave29 has bought 'em all out!
     
  10. Feb 21, 2008 #670 of 1425
    dave29

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    well at least you really didnt expect him to show up with it from what all of us told you. there has been alot of people get there hopes up for a swm8 and only to be let down when the installer arrives. if you need one let me know.
     
  11. Feb 21, 2008 #671 of 1425
    kjgarrison

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    Dave29, thank you sir!
     
  12. Feb 21, 2008 #672 of 1425
    slacker_x

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    Dave,
    I got the SWM today and set it up no problem. Its nice being able to record and watch something at the same time!
     
  13. Feb 22, 2008 #673 of 1425
    dave29

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    no problem guys, glad i could help
     
  14. Feb 22, 2008 #674 of 1425
    Sirshagg

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    Got it yesterday - Thank you!!

    So I've been pondering how to wire one room and am not sure what would give the best results. OTA will be connected the SWM and the SWM will be connected to a splitter in the wiring closet. I have cable going from the wiring closet to all rooms. There are four coax cables going to my family room where I have 2 HR20's. I want both sat inputs and OTA on both these receivers. With four cables these seems to be many ways to wire this and I'm wondering what wiring scenario would product the best results.


    Note: I've also got a WB68 but would really prefer not to use it with the SWM simply due to space considerations in the wiring closet. I also don't need to worry about more than 8 SWM capable tuners on the SWM and I'm well aware of how to wire for the PI.

    Thoughts?
     
  15. Feb 22, 2008 #675 of 1425
    dave29

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    i would run 2 lines from the closet out of the swm and connect one to each hr20 and run one dedicated ota from the closet and split it behind the hr20's and connect one to each hr20 without having to diplex them, or just run 2 ota from the closet and hook one up to each ota input
     
  16. Feb 22, 2008 #676 of 1425
    kjgarrison

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    How important is grounding the SWM? I assume it should be grounded to the same ground as the house to avoid a ground loop, even if the dish is on the barn 150' away?

    What about "autodetect not supported"? It says to manually select dish configuration.

    It appears that the only truly disastrous mistake would be to "connect IRD SAT port "F" connector to SWM Red connection, correct? Sooo, what's the IRD SAT port F connector?
     
  17. Feb 22, 2008 #677 of 1425
    veryoldschool

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    If you look at the SWM and the PI, there are two connectors [coax] that are RED. These are for the power [from the PI to the SWM]. You DO NOT want to connect the PI red connector to your receiver's input.
     
  18. Feb 22, 2008 #678 of 1425
    dave29

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    that is the cable that comes from your receiver
     
  19. Feb 22, 2008 #679 of 1425
    dropper

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    I got mine in yesterday (thanks dave29) and it's all hooked up and running well. I notice that there are 9 channels on the SWM, with one at 0, leaving the other 8 at 100's and 95's.

    Just to clarify, when you feed an OTA in, you still have to split it at the receiver, correct?

    Keith
     
  20. Feb 22, 2008 #680 of 1425
    doctor j

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    Just to get the message out again.
    You can power the SWM thru the LEGACY 3 port.
    That is how they are powered in MDU installations.

    Doctor j
     

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