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Setup question - three tvs in one room

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by alemis, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. alemis

    alemis New Member

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    I'm looking to switch back to Directv from u-verse but have a setup question. In my current setup in my basement, I'm using Ethernet as my connection for two tvs (over powerline) and coaxial for one of my tvs. If I get three directv HD receivers, will I need three coaxial connections or can I use Ethernet connections to my home network?

    Thanks in advance. Also, it's nice to have a forum that won't judge me for having three tvs in a room....
     
  2. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    3 TVs, with three different channels, will take 3 receivers.
    The three receivers "can be" fed off one coax, if you have the SWiM system installed.
     
  3. jdspencer

    jdspencer Hall Of Fame

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    Each DirecTV receiver will need a coax connection in order to tune the channels.
    Will one of your new DirecTV receivers be a DVR? If so, then have the whole house (MRV) installed. This will use the coax to connect each receiver/DVR for MRV. Though, with three receivers in the same room, MRV isn't really needed.

    I'll let others, more in the know, complete my thoughts. :D
     
  4. doctrsnoop

    doctrsnoop Godfather

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    Most typical installs involve a SWM (SingleWireMultiplex) LNB dish which provides for up to 8 tuners from a single coax line.

    So no problem, the single run could be split at the outlet there and fed into the boxes.

    Now if all three were DVR's, that would occupy 6 of the 8 tuners unless you chose otherwise, leaving only 2 tuners for elsewhere in the house.

    Lot of people have older 3 or 5LNB that run 4 coaxes to a SWM8 or 16 and can be split up even more.

    I love having 3 TV's in every location. If the kids are watching TV I can keep a game on and keep an eye on it, or on football Saturdays I can have 3 games on , or watch NASCAR. LOVE IT!
     
  5. alemis

    alemis New Member

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    I have five tvs and was thinking of getting the Home Media Center and four HD receivers. I shouldn't need more than the five shows at once. So if I understand this correctly, Directv can have the three set top boxes feed from the one coaxial connection in my theater room by using a splitter? Also, will I need the Ethernet connection MRV?

    Thanks all for your responses....
     
  6. doctrsnoop

    doctrsnoop Godfather

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    Theoretically you could have as many as 8 tuners coming from any one coax, 8 total from a SWM8 or SWM LNB, 16 from a SWM16, more from parallel SWM8's, 16's or even 32.

    If you do the HMC and 4 HD receivers though, that is 9 total tuners. If DTV did it right, the installer would use a SWM16.

    You would not need a separate ethernet connection, they would install DECA, ethernet over the coax. I personally have a DIY mixed DECA and ethernet MRV network.
     
  7. alemis

    alemis New Member

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    Got it installed last weekend and everything went as you guys described. I absolutely love my new setup and the picture absolutely blows away u-verse. An unexpected surprise was how much I love the iPad app for changing channels on the three tvs. I have the rf remote setup as well and it works fine, but the app is much more fun.
     
  8. ciurca

    ciurca Godfather

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    3 tv's in one room only gets you respect around here.
     
  9. trh

    trh This Space for Sale

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    And with your iPad, you can also stream a bunch of channels. I usually use it to keep an eye on the NHL Network or CNN.
     

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