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Poor Whole Home networking

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by KSbugeater, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. KSbugeater

    KSbugeater Godfather

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    VOS, I just noticed on the diagram that you have SWM2 covered (terminated?) and the 2nd splitter connected to the off-air port on the SWM8. I saw that on an earlier diagram but figured you weren't being precise. This looks precise. Is that what you intended?
     
  2. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    The coax networking runs throughout all of the coax, so changes anywhere will affect it. This requires looking at the whole system.
    Did this start happening after you moved things around in your son's room, or was this happening before?
    The HR34 still uses the same networking, so it may not work any better.
    One DECA that shorted the coax doesn't, or shouldn't be a cause of concern, given the number of years they've been in use and the quantities out there.
    I hope you grasp how hard it is to troubleshoot over the internet.
    It took a bit of work to get a diagram of your layout, to get "some idea" of what's there.
    One of the most frustrating things is to invest a lot of work to finally get some missing info that had it been posted at the start would have shown the source of the problem.
    There is a certain "standard of workmanship" that one must assume, but twist-on connectors don't meet it.
    How many other wildcards you do have?

    Not sure what your HR24 is doing or causing, but one of my last steps was to keep it connected to the coax, but have its power cord pulled.
    Never heard what happened with this. :shrug:

    Running a 5th DVR off of the legacy ports of a SWM8 isn't going to get HD, or be part of the coax networking, so another wildcard.
    Moving to a SWiM-16 is what's needed.
    You need to break down which problems your dealing with. Coax networking has nothing to do with SWiM. Receivers having signal problems are SWiM related.
    Networking and Sat signal problems "may be" related in that there may be bad cabling.
     
  3. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    You need to empty your PM box as it's full.

    We're on a two hour hold?
     
  4. KSbugeater

    KSbugeater Godfather

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    OK, so I've ordered a SWM-16 (not that VOS advised me to, more that I'd like to hook up a 5th HD DVR) and SWM-compatible splitters, which I did not have. In the meantime, I'm trying to hook up a replacement HR21 in the basement. I got it authorized and working using the legacy ports from my SWM8. Now I've switched it to one of the SWM lines and I'm trying to get SWM function to work. First I noticed a cable connection problem when I undid a barrel connector (the copper lead had broken off). Now, I get signal, but in Sat Setup the HR21 doesn't detect the SWM. SWM was working in the same location on the HR20 next to it just this morning. Could I have fried something in the SWM input?
     
  5. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    "Could you have...", hell anything is possible, but it would seem doubtful.

    Check that the other DVR works on this coax, so rule out a cabling problem.
     
  6. KSbugeater

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    Of course, the other end of the cable must have been bad, too. I put a new compression connector on and I now have configured it back to SWM operation. I'm going to be seeing bad coax in my sleep now.
     
  7. KSbugeater

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    Update. I removed the HR24 from the WH network. In several hours of WH use, I have not seen a receiver drop off the network. This leads me to the conclusion that fixing the poor connectors on the HR22 and HR20 feeds improved their stability and/or removing the flaky HR24 helped the stability of WH.

    I moved the HR24 to a separate TV and ran diagnostics with no SAT feed connected. No hard drive problems were reported in either the SMART long test or the surface test. The unit seemed stable as I watched recorded shows off the HDD, but after about 18 hours of uptime and 6 hours of actively watching shows from the HDD, it rebooted on its own. Temp is 111F.

    I suppose I should put the HR24 back inline and run the diagnostics on the LNB and signal. The diagnostics came up when I hit Select during self-check on the reboot... is that correct?

    If that test turns up nothing, I'm thinking I will watch programs from this DVR and then ask for a replacement.
     

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