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(NEW) DECA connecting and disconnecting at random

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by xmguy, Jul 10, 2012.

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  1. Aug 3, 2012 #21 of 142
    KarenRichmond

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    This is going to be long so apologizes but wanted to get the whole saga out there!

    We have had Whole Home for over 2 years now. Two weeks ago one of our boxes suddenly started having issues "communicating with dish." It would happen, reset and then be ok. After calling and talking to Tech support twice they set up for someone to come out since the tests showed dish out of alignment. This was only happening on one of the DVRs.

    The tech came out Monday of last week. He did several things and we wonder whether it was all needed or not. This included realignment, changed multiswitch in attic, changed connectors, and changed the splitter in the room with the DVR that was having issues (we have 2 boxes in that room hooked up to 2 TVs). Upon putting everything back up the DVR in the Master bedroom was not on the network. He fixed this, things seemed good and he left after about 2.5 hours. This would be the start of 2 weeks of problems!

    Later that day we started having all sorts of WH problems with the BR DVR. We would be watching something from it in another room and the BR DVR would drop off the network. DVR in that room was fine when we went to check and would come back. I called back and they came out the next day.

    Next day they replaced the Deca in the BR. Said that if it continued they wanted to replace the DVR which I didn't want because there is a lot on it. This measure later in the day/night caused different DVRs to start dropping off while watching recordings.

    Next day they put a splitter in (as in above posts) at the PI. At the time things looked ok, but the living room (where the initial problem was) and my son's room on HD channels had horrible reception (pixels, etc) and my son's room couldn't use the WH at all.

    Next day out again, splitter out, wanted to start replacing boxes (I didn't thin was an issue since individually all worked fine and recordings played fine) and talked about a 16 multiswitch, although we only use 8 tuners and things were fine until the original service call. Tech said he would get his supervisor on phone and then left while I walked inside to make a call. No return phone call.

    Next day, I called again and they set up a new apt for Monday of this week. This tech put a new cinema (name?) on the coax going to the router taking out the old Deca in there (this Tech and his supervisor accompanying him made it clear they did not like Decas). As for my son's room, they replaced his box (just HD, no DVR) with a new one, again to dispose of the Deca in there). Things looked good again until the next day.

    The kitchen DVR started having some signal issues, however, until last night (3 days later) the WH seemed good until the same things started happening (i.e. watching something recorded in a different room and messages keep popping up that boxes drop off). The Tech was suppose to come out yesterday but keep putting me off til later until I finally at 6 p.m. told him to wait til today.

    Last night my husband pulled up the network coax info as in an above post and all looked fine. And IP addresses looked fine too.

    So here is our setup:
    HD DVR (HR 22) in Master bedroom
    HD DVR (HR 24) in kitchen
    HD DVR (HR 22) in Living Room and a standard box in the living room on a separate TV.
    HD (H24) in son's room.

    Any ideas anyone?
     
  2. Aug 3, 2012 #22 of 142
    veryoldschool

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    Being a visual type, it would sure help to get "a picture" of your system.
    You need five posts before you can post one here.

    I see two problems:
    The SAT signals.
    The DECA networking.

    You have a H24 & HR24, which means you can test the DECA with each.

    On the front panel, pressing the guide & right arrow [both at the same time] will bring up a menu with coax on the left. This menu may take a few tries before it comes up the first time, so keep trying.

    When the menu comes up, select coax and it will test and show the loss between receivers/DECAs.

    Running this test from both 24s and posting what the screens show would help.

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  3. Aug 3, 2012 #23 of 142
    KarenRichmond

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    Since you said I can't post an actual picture I can just tell you the values I guess.

    On HR24 the Phy Levels are -24, N/A (assume this is this box) -25, -23, -22.

    On H24 -24, -25, n/a, -26, -29
     
  4. Aug 3, 2012 #24 of 142
    veryoldschool

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    Keep it up and you'll have the five posts needed. :lol:

    Those show the losses between your receivers are well within range.

    In a way this doesn't help, as it doesn't show the problem.

    Your techs not liking DECA suggests they don't understand it well.

    Did you happen to look at the "dropped sessions" count at the bottom of the screens?
     
  5. Aug 3, 2012 #25 of 142
    KarenRichmond

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    Yes, it said 0.

    Yes, I am closing in on 5 :)
     
  6. Aug 3, 2012 #26 of 142
    KarenRichmond

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    One addition to visit 1 by a Tech...he also replaced the LNB saying that perhaps it was causing issues due to the 100+ degree temps for the last several weeks. And again, my husband was home that day as well and we still believe he did more work than needed to fix the initial problem.
     
  7. Aug 3, 2012 #27 of 142
    veryoldschool

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    So the zero count shows the RF signal of the DECA hasn't lost connection.

    This means when the receiver says it's lost connection, it's a networking issue, but not the DECAs themselves.

    Now we're needing to look at "packets" not responding.

    You have a power inserter for the SWiM, which should be a black box.

    Where is it located and what's connected [if anything] to it?
     
  8. Aug 3, 2012 #28 of 142
    KarenRichmond

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    It is in the Master Bedroom. From wall to PI then to the box in that room. They tried putting a splitter in there on day 3 and it caused the Living Room and my son's room to have horrible signal, pixels breaking up and like pauses. It came out.
     
  9. Aug 3, 2012 #29 of 142
    veryoldschool

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    So they were following a bulletin that came out for things like this.
    It doesn't exactly fit with your problem "unless" it's the MB DVR dropping off line.

    Now what is VERY STRANGE is that shouldn't have caused problems with the other receivers.
    Too much loss could cause signal issues, but it would be with the MB receiver, and not the others.

    You're at 5 posts now, so even a crappy sketch would help.
     
  10. Aug 3, 2012 #30 of 142
    KarenRichmond

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    At first it was just the MB one dropping but then after they touched it again, it started being all of them.

    Not sure what you want me to sketch.
     
  11. Aug 3, 2012 #31 of 142
    veryoldschool

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    This thread has some setups that give a good picture: http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=200573
     
  12. Aug 3, 2012 #32 of 142
    KarenRichmond

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    How's this.

    PI - Deca - MR HD DVR
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    \
    Dish - SWiM 8 - Kitchen HD DVR (no Deca)
    \
    \ --Deca - Living Room HD DVR --Flatscreen TV
    -- SD box - separate TV in Living Room

    \ son's room HD (no Deca, no DVR)

    \cable to Cinema (name?) to router (This was a Deca that was replaced in this saga with the "new" box)

    What may not be clear is the Living Room, there is a splitter and it goes to Deca- HD-HD TV and off splitter to SD to small TV for extra football game viewing. Also every time I save this message it left justifies everything. I can try to make a better sketch
     
  13. Aug 3, 2012 #33 of 142
    veryoldschool

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    "Yeah" the forum software always does that.

    Are you sure you have a SWM8?
    Do you have four coax from the dish to it?
    If only one, then it's an 8-way splitter and the SWiM is in/at the dish.
    "Son's room" has a H24, so the DECA is internal.
    Living room has a 2-way splitter, that should have a green label.
    The "SD Box" should have a bandstop filter [red with a pigtail to the receiver].

    The PI -> DECA -> MR DVR should only cause a problem [if it is] with recordings from the MR DVR to other receivers.
    The kitchen from living room shouldn't be affected.

    "cable to Cinema" [cinema connection kit, aka CCK, BB DECA, goes by many]
     
  14. Aug 3, 2012 #34 of 142
    KarenRichmond

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    Here's a better picture

    Items with * have just been replaced to attempt to fix the problem
     

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  15. Aug 3, 2012 #35 of 142
    veryoldschool

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    Thanks that does help.

    I have asked a few question just before this.
     
  16. Aug 3, 2012 #36 of 142
    KarenRichmond

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    I believe SWiM is at dish. yes to the red with pigtail to SD box
    and, yes, things shouldn't be affected but they are. Each time they "fix" something it causes a new issue.

    Everything worked fine for 2 years until they came out for the original problem and I still think he did more than needed and caused this mess
     
  17. Aug 3, 2012 #37 of 142
    veryoldschool

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    So I'm seeing:

    directv_layout.png
     
  18. Aug 3, 2012 #38 of 142
    samrs

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    If I come out because you can't program the remote to your new tv, I have to start at the dish and bring everything up to current specs. It's what Directv expects.

    A DVR in single tunner mode really bugs some techs. You might want to check that.
     
  19. Aug 3, 2012 #39 of 142
    veryoldschool

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    The SWiM is fully loaded, with the max 8 tuners. Getting the R16 in dual tuner mode will require a SWiM-16. [might not be a bad idea]

    When the tech added a splitter for the PI, and signal issues started, it must have been due to the PI not powering the SWiMLNB well enough.
    The common PI is a 21 volt, but the other PI is 29 volt and might be worth a try.
    Without being there to sort through everything it's hard to sort out this.
    Troubleshooting the playback issues to between "x & y" would help, and this might take moving/swapping receivers around.
    I doubt anyone wants to go into the attic and check if the cables are tight and the three unused ports on the splitter have terminations.
    "Normally" DECA isn't bothered by open ports, but SAT signals are.
     
  20. Aug 3, 2012 #40 of 142
    samrs

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    I counted... I was just suggesting the tech might have changed it.
     

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