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SWM upgrade or hybrid

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by MemberMe, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. MemberMe

    MemberMe New Member

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    I have 6 HDDVRs connected to a Zinwell WB616. All HDDVRs are wired gigabit Ethernet. I have unsupported MRV/WHDVR. One of my HDDVRs supports 4 TVs with 2 of them being multiplexed over RG6 at 480p. They are 720p TVs and that is the problem I want to fix. These 2 locations do not have wired ethernet, but can easily support wireless connectivity. I want to preserve MRV at these 2 TVs.

    I think I have 4 options. I wanted to see if my assumptions were correct and if anyone had recommendations. Options:

    1. Add 2 H24s and wireless connectivity.

    2. Split the incoming 4 LNBs between the WB616 and a SWM8. Put 2 H25s off of the SWM8 and leave everything else as is on the WB616.

    3. Add a SWM16 and feed the 4 legacy ports to the WB616. Use SWM1 and 2 for 2 H25s.

    4. Upgrade everything to SWM8 or SWM16. Add the 2 H25s. I'd likely upgrade my 2 HR20s. I talked to Customer Service. Other than telling me I had to have SWM for WHDVR, they quoted me $199 for the SWM upgrade and $49 for the install. They also wanted to charge me for the H25s even though the website says they would be free, and that I'd only get what was on the truck. I have some more work to do if I want to go this route and get a good deal.

    Thanks for any input.
     
  2. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Wireless more that likely won't work well, so that sort of leaves going to SWiM and the coax [DECA] networking.
     
  3. MemberMe

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    I agree. Are my configurations for options 2 and 3 correct, and which one would be more preferable if I decide to go that route?
     
  4. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    What are all your receivers [by model]?
    Or why would you not want to go full SWiM?
     
  5. MemberMe

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    HR20-100, HR20-700
    3 HR22-100
    HR23-700

    Probably several things. I'm not convinced that DECA is better than my current ethernet network. I prefer to do it myself; if I converted everything, I would have D*TV do it. It's just a hassle to hear you'll get what is on the truck, bypassing customer service to get a better deal or not knowing what you're going to get charged before hand, and I have 2 rack mounted DVRs that are a small hassle to get to.
     
  6. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    All of those are SWiM compatible, so I'd go with the SWiM-16 and skip the hybrid setup.
    If you're thinking of H25s, then you'll be forced to DECA to some degree and again why have a mixed networking?
    I'm sure you can band-aid a mixed SWiM/non SWiM, and DECA and ethernet, but I'll leave you to figure out which is "more preferable".
     

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