This may be a dumb question and I may just be in denial of what I already know but how big of a signal loss issue is having "too big" of a SWM splitter with multiple terminated outputs. Here is specifically why I am asking. I got a great deal on a SWM-16 on eBay (SWM unit, 29V PI and two 8-way splitters for $59 delivered) which I installed around a month ago. It was packaged with the 8-way splitters even though I knew I didn't need that many outputs. It was a good deal and I jumped on it. Since that was the first purchase against my "master plan" of incrementally expanding my system and replacing all the non-SWM legacy boxes to build out a righteous MRV system, I presently have only 2 outputs on one of the splitters connected and none of the outputs on the other splitter are connected at all. The two legacy outputs are connected to a 3x8 multiswitch feeding my five legacy STBs. All of the unused outputs on the splitters are properly terminated but ever since I installed the SWM-16 I am seeing intermittent tiling and pixellation on all channels on the two units that are currently part of my SWM cloud (HR20 & R22). Both of these units are at the end of long cable runs as well. Would this be the result of execessive signal loss across all of these terminated outputs on the two 8-way splitters? Even once my plan comes to fruition (one HMC, four SWM capable DVRs and two HD receivers) I would still only need two 4-way splitters. I've been putting off replacing the 8-ways with 4-ways until my next order from Solid Signal (probably an R22) but I may just go ahead and make that change now if that is at the root of the signal breakup I am seeing.