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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by dave29, Jan 2, 2008.
Any special splitter??
The SWS splitters are approved for use, but most wideband (5-2500mhz) splitters should work.
are the recommended ones
I'm thinking if I wanted to run to a local store, what should I grab...? Or, are SWS a type of splitter that solid signal has?
Thanks HK. When I order up all this stuff and it gets here, how bout coming by for some ST on a Sunday and help me hook this stuff up?!?
I believe some have had luck with the 5-2000mhz splitters as well which you can find at lowes/home depot/radioshack/etc. if you need a B&M source.
Thanks Grentz, if I have to order the SWM from Solid Signal, I might as well get the SWS splitters. So, if I order an SWM8, and I am running 4 HDDVRs off of that switch, I will need 2 of the SWS-2, right?
I am using a 2MHz to 2GHz 4-port splitter I bought at Lowes on my SWM and it works just fine. One thing to keep in mind is how to route the PI to the SWM. If the PI is to go through any splitters, they must be power-passing, but only on one port. You don't want any of the tuners to be able to pass power back through a splitter to the SWM as that can be a problem. For splitting the dish feeds to multiple switches (SWM's or regular multiswitches), you need to use splitters that pass power on all ports (high bandwidth, of course)
2 of them, or a single 4way.. depends on how you want your cables run..
I have an outlet in my Q panel in my master closet, which is a home run for all RG6 and Cat6 in my house. Can I just hook up the PI in the panel and not by one of the receivers?
Thanks for all the help guys, I'm gonna order this stuff up today. Does the PI have to be a minimum coax distance from the SWM?
Yes, at least 15' but you can coil it up if you want.
Awesome! Looks like I'm all set, thanks guys. When the product arrives this week....if I have any issues I will come back here with more questions.
When I hook up the SWM8, do I need to first unplug all 4 HDDVRs that will be running off of the switch? Hook up all cables and the PI, then plug receivers back in, then go to satellite setup and change switch type to SWM? Am I missing anything?!?
You can use dual power passing splitters. My 2 way splitter is power passing on both ports and it is just fine.
Non-power passing splitters usually will not necessarily block power on the ports, they just cannot handle it and will potentially blow out if non-power passing ports are used with power.
What I plan to do is hook the PI up to one port directly and plug the PI in next to the switch in my Q panel. Then I ordered an SWS-4 from solid signal to come with the SWM, I will hook that up to the other SWM output to run the 4 HDDVRs that will run off of the SWM. The SWS-4 was just cheaper than buying 2 SWS-2 switches, and then running power back through one of the lines........If I'm understanding the installation correctly?!?
Yup, that should work fine.
Guess what I did over the weekend? I WAS using a downstream diplexing setup until I made this change over the weekend, but I noticed I was getting macroblocking artifacts on the weaker stations in my area with the external diplexers. I removed the unit near the SWM output and instead, ran the OTA into the OFF-AIR input on the SWM. Voila! My signal strength returned to a reasonable level, and it looks great again. I would reccomend that you go ahead and try the SWM OFF-AIR internal diplexing feature FIRST. If the results are unsatisfactory - try a downstream solution.
All our ATSC stations (at this time) are UHF and I've had them diplexed via the SWM since I got it, all stations reading in the upper 90's if not 100. Our Fox goes back to ch 7 (VHF Hi) next year, hope it continues to get be a good signal.