A month or so ago, I was having all kinds of problems with the satellite signal randomly dropping in and out and the DirecTV installer narrowed it down to the SWM-8 I had installed years ago. We had a thunderstorm the other day and were having signal issues, so I switched over to my off-air channels and noticed I have all kinds of pixellation and other weird problems. Off-air signals are unwatchable. However, signal strength test shows the signal is coming in quite well. So, I took a look at my SWM and discovered the installer had replaced the 15' long piece of coax I had spooled up and connected between my Power Injector and my SWM-8. I believe a minimum distance of 15' was the rule when the SWM hit the market. I now have a shorty 18" or so piece of cable, since I had installed the PI about a foot away from the SWM. Thus the question: Has anything changed relative to SWM-8 installations? Has the minimum distance between the PI and SWM-8 been reduced? I have no idea if this may be the cause of my OTA issues, but things worked great with the installation I did many moons ago.