Split Coax going into HR54

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  1. RF_Eng

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    I want to move my CK61 from 1 room into my living room as I have upgraded the TV to a 4K, currently that TV is attached to a HR54. Can I just use a green dot 2 way splitter on the current cable going into the HR54 to feed the CK61 and the HR54 ? I would just connect the CK61 to a spare HDMI input on my AVR just to watch 4K football games. Thanks.
     
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    inkahauts

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    How’s your system wired? Generally you should be able to, but best to know how it’s all wired first. You could also probably just swap the two devices.

    Also your want to make sure and put a terminator on the coax at the other tv when the c61k isn’t there anymore.
     
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    P Smith

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    since C61K must be connected by wire, then the swap will do what TS want
     
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    west99999

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    Your Hr54 is very likely powering your lnb so ignore what others tell you when they say to just swap them. If you swap them you will need to go to the splitter and swap the lines around also so that your hr54 is on the power side of the splitter.
     
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    inkahauts

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    I said possibly, but no real answer can be given till he explains his setup. For all we know he has a 4K tv in the other room he wants the box on most the time, and only wants it in this one room for football games.
     
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    harsh

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    Even when the HR54 (or HS17) is the WHDVR, more than a few installations furnished a separate PI anyway.

    Adding a two-way splitter near the HR54 and making sure that the power-passing side is connected to the HR54 would suffice in either case. If the HR54 is powering the LNB now, it would still be able to provide power by being on the power-passing port of both splitters.

    Signal-wise, it may not be the optimal configuration but it should work.
     
  7. Nov 1, 2020 #7 of 41
    RF_Eng

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    The HR54 does not power the system, I have a separate coax in my office room that has the Power Inserter and DECA connected to the SWM which is in the attic so not sure how it is configured. The other room has streaming devices attached to the TV so I do not really need the CK61 attached to it anymore .
     
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    ColdCase

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    Thats how I have mine hooked up, with a separate power inserter. If you have marginal signal quality or drop outs, it may make it a little worse, but for a typical system its transparent. You could check the signal quality screen before and after to verify.
     
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    P Smith

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    it's still C61K ;)
     
  10. harsh

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    You're good to go then.

    As ColdCase points out, signal loss may still be a concern.
     
  11. RF_Eng

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    Got the C61K installed, checked the before and after SS, not much delta 1 or 2 points. Now just have to figure out how to separate the remote controls as they operate both devices at the same time.
     
  12. harsh

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    The remotes may well be the hardest part of the job.
     
  13. ColdCase

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    Not sure if you can still run one remote in IR mode, the other in RF (and cover the IR sensor for that receiver).
     
  14. harsh

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    I'm guessing that the standard Genie remotes may not be in play here as I think they all default to RF that would have avoided this problem.
     
  15. RF_Eng

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    HR54 is in IR, C61K is in RF with black tape over the IR sensor. Two remotes but I only really use the C61K on Chan 104 for the football.
     
  16. harsh

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    Since what you have isn't working, consider trying the workaround of making the Genie use RF. The pairing process should insure that each box only responds to its own remote. This may not be possible using IR.
     
  17. Douglas Strate

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    Can you hook up an ESATA hard drive to a SATA port on HR54? My understanding is the port must be ESATA and not SATA.
     
  18. P Smith

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    eSATA is the same SATA port, just different physical socket - sometimes you can see a designator "I" buying eSATA cable, opposite "L" to regular SATA cables
     
  19. Douglas Strate

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    I guess the question is will an ESATA external drive work in that port. I can get an external drive from Weak Knees but it specifically states on the website that the DVR must have an ESATA port.
     
  20. harsh

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    Assuming your DVR has an expansion port (recently manufactured units may not), it is indeed eSATA and you can connect an eSATA drive to it. It has never been otherwise.

    Consider searching for any other option than Weak Knees if you value your money.
     

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