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Please help me with my ignorance.

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by cjmjcrlm, Jul 24, 2010.

  1. cjmjcrlm

    cjmjcrlm New Member

    Jul 24, 2010
    I am new to D-TV and have a question about setup/installation on dual tuners. I'm not sure how this should work but I basically want to watch one show and be able to record another. I'm not sure how I should wire/connect the receiver for the second tuner. When I tried to do it and enable the tuner it never showed a signal.

    My setup;
    SL3-SWM Slimline Dish
    SWS8wB-P SWM splitter
    PI-21 21v Power Inserter
    R22-100 receiver (HD enabled account)

    The reciever has one port labeled SWM-2 on Tuner 1 and no label on Tuner 2. How should I connect the coax for two tuners using SWM? I've tried to find a manual on installation, tried to find wiring diagrams and tried to find info related to my setup. I've tried connecting it different ways and enabling the second tuner but can't seem to get it right. I know it's probably a simple answer but I can't seem to find it. Do I have to run two coax cables from the splitter, can I use the output on the power inserter, can the tuner do it all off of the SWM-2 tuner 1 input? Don't know if my terminology is wrong or what but help from somebody would be very much appreciated. I'm sure this has been asked and answered many times and apologize for asking again but please help.
  2. hasan

    hasan Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    Ogden, IA
    SWM does 2 tuners on only one input of your DVR. You do not need (nor will it work) to have 2 coax lines on the back of your DVR on a SWM setup. You have to use the coax connection on the back that is dedicated to SWM input, you cannot just connect to either one.
  3. mcbeevee

    mcbeevee 97% Complete

    Sep 18, 2006
    To verify that you have 2 good tuners, go to:

    Menu button -> Parental, Fav's & Setup -> System Setup -> Sat & Antenna -> View Signal Strength

    From this screen, you can use the +/- to toggle between Tuner 1 and Tuner 2. If both Tuner screens have good numbers, both tuners are working properly.

  4. cjmjcrlm

    cjmjcrlm New Member

    Jul 24, 2010
    I don't know why I couldn't seem to get this to work before but I just enabled the second tuner and went back through setup with the single coax on tuner 1. The receiver restarted and I'm showing signal on both now. I just wasn't sure both tuners could work through the one input and I swear I tried this before but I won't try to figure it out as long as it's working now. Thanks so much for everybody's help.

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