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So is there any downside to SWM vs. Legacy setup?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Dazed & Confused, Jul 24, 2010.

  1. Dazed & Confused

    Dazed & Confused Godfather

    Jun 13, 2007
    I currently have just two HD DVR's with two cables to each DVR directly from the dish (no splitters). I usually just record the same thing to both receivers, but baseball & football games sometimes limit me to having a game on just one reciever, which means it is always on the wrong receiver.:lol:

    I am a firm believer in if it ain't broke, don't fix it; but while on the phone the other day with D* for a different issue, I asked if they could do the whole home thing free, to which they said OK. I am taking a road trip for three weeks so I told them don't install until 8/16. Plenty of time to cancel if I should be wary. Any reliability issues, signal issues, or such I should know about? Or is it just a no-brainer? Thanks to a previous thread here, I was able to describe the exact equipment I needed for the switch.:goodjob:
  2. PHL

    PHL Legend

    Jul 15, 2004
    For 3 bucks a month, you will effectively double your storage space and greatly increase your flexibiility. I've had it for about 4 weeks now, and I love it.
  3. Scott Kocourek

    Scott Kocourek Well-Known Member

    Jun 13, 2009
    Go for it, it is a very stable setup and worth every penny. The whole home setup will make it so you never think about where you may watch a show again.
  4. BattleZone

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007
    Given that a SWM LNB has an Automatic Gain Circuit that will amplify a low signal up to 15 db, SWM will generally be more reliable in less-than-ideal situations than a legacy install. There are also fewer parts and connections, so less to go wrong.
  5. hasan

    hasan Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    Ogden, IA
    It is, indeed, a no brainer in your situation. You will love how MRV (now called WHDVR) works in the DECA setup. I switched about a month ago. I had a perfectly functional MRV setup with ethernet/wireless and the older non-SWM dish. I don't regret the new dish, decas and much improved MRV.
  6. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    No downside I can think of.
  7. mrfatboy

    mrfatboy Godfather

    Jan 20, 2007
    I have the same setup you do. However, I just used the "unsupported" MRV and it works perfect. If you already have a wired home LAN network it's easy to do yourself.
  8. Dazed & Confused

    Dazed & Confused Godfather

    Jun 13, 2007
    Thanks for the comments. It's hard to complain about something that is free, so I was mainly concerned about picture quality, and reliability. Reading many posts around here makes me think I must be pretty lucky. In my first ten years I never had a service call, and the original dish was never touched again after installation. Of course, there were receiver replacements, but that was just a trip down to CC or BB to pick up a new one. I have had a few receivers replaced in the last 3 years since going to HD, but I do still have the original HR20-100 that was installed. I've never had one of those black clouds hanging over my head regarding DirecTV, and have become pretty spoiled. So my main purpose with this thread was to try and get a feel for any problems I may be introducing to my DirecTV experience, so to speak.:lol:

    I do understand all the benefits, and it even lets me get VOD into the bedroom without buying another wireless adapter. It is all the other baggage with a different installation setup that I am concerned about.
  9. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    SWiM will be a solid performer to achieve those goals.

    It's also the pathway to Whole Home DVR Service, should you choose to go that route.
  10. Jason Whiddon

    Jason Whiddon Hall Of Fame

    Aug 17, 2006
    Ive had DECA for a few days and love it. I have two HDDVR's, like you, and you'll love it.
  11. BattleZone

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007
    Picture quality can't be affected by digital transport systems; either the data arrives or it does not. It isn't like analog transmissions were low signal strength or RF interference results in picture degredation.

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