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SL5 to WB616 to SWM16

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by Don O'Brien, Apr 2, 2011.

  1. Apr 2, 2011 #1 of 11
    Don O'Brien

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    Is it possible to take four outputs from a WB616 to feed a SWM16? The WB616 is fed by a SL5.
    In my situation, It would be difficult to reverse the 2 switches.
    Thanks
    Don
     
  2. Apr 2, 2011 #2 of 11
    veryoldschool

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    "possible?" sure.
     
  3. Apr 2, 2011 #3 of 11
    Don O'Brien

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    Thanks for the response. Possible, but not tested??
     
  4. Apr 2, 2011 #4 of 11
    BattleZone

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    Possible and tested, but not preferred.

    The preferred method would be to use either a SWM E1 expander or four satellite-rated (5-2250 MHz), single or dual-side power-passing splitters, and split the lines coming from the dish. The key is to make sure that when you split a line, that both lines coming from that splitter go into the same-marked ports on each switch.

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  5. Apr 2, 2011 #5 of 11
    PokerJoker

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    I think it would be no problem at all, no matter what the "preferred" method is. I have used a WB616 to feed a SWM8 and it worked (and is still working) just fine. A SWM16 would be no different.

    As long as you can work on it yourself, and don't expect them to repair it, I see no reason to live in fear of what DirecTV considers "acceptable".

    Keith
     
  6. Apr 2, 2011 #6 of 11
    Don O'Brien

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    thanks for the clarification
     
  7. Apr 2, 2011 #7 of 11
    SomeRandomIdiot

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    I have the setup you speak of - a 5LNB feeding a WB616 and 4 of the outputs feed a SWiM16. The other 4 outputs on the WB616 feed some older legacy IRDs.
     
  8. Apr 2, 2011 #8 of 11
    Don O'Brien

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    I love this site. I appreciate everyone's responses.
     
  9. Apr 2, 2011 #9 of 11
    1948GG

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    That drawing/picture of utilizing WB68's (rather than WB616's), caught my 'h*ll no!" filter. Years ago (too many now) that's how a ton of MDU installs were done up in my part of the woods, before and during the time the SWM became available.

    So many problems.... it worked only when everything was 'perfect' as far as cable runs and such. Swapped EVERYTHING (even homes) out to 616's, and probs went to zero. Unfortunately, the 616's are very hard to find now (and expensive), and I've gone to wideband splitters off the dish feed to feed multiple SWM arrangements, which is the current 'recommended' DirecTV way now.

    But that doesn't mean I don't keep my fingers crossed on those installations. But it seem to be working okay with the 'newer' wideband splitters and 'newer' LNB's. But been fine for the last 2-3 years, and I never got around to trying it with some of the older LNB's that were 'known' to have wacky problems.
     
  10. BattleZone

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    The 6x16 switch was discontinued, but one of the reasons why it might have worked better is because it was powered, which really means it contained a polarity locker and powered the LNBs on the dish, instead of relying on the receiver's power. 6x8s are passive, meaning the receivers have to power the switch and the LNBs.

    You won't have that issue with either a 6x16 or a SWM switch, as both are powered.
     
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    IF you want to run two WB68's in parallel, the splitters MUST be dual port power passing. Better though would be to use a Sonora phase locker between the LNB and the splitters.

    As to the original question, you should have no problem at all feeding an SWM8 or SWM16 from a WB616. As BattleZone noted, it is a powered switch which overcomes many of the problems you might run into using the non-powered WB68's shown in post #4.
     

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