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SWM8 Installation question

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by bajafish, Sep 17, 2013.

  1. bajafish

    bajafish New Member

    Sep 17, 2013
    Will be doing an SWM8 installation soon on an existing system. I have a Slim Line dish, R15, HR22, HR24 boxes. I will hookup the R15 box to the Legacy conections of the SWM8. Will have a SWS8 splitter conected to the SWM8..... My question is, I already have two good quality solid core RG6 lines going to the HR22 & HR24 boxes. Can I just connect those two lines per box to the SWS8 splitter, rather than use one RG6 line to the boxes and put a two way splitter at the box?

    Second question: In a year or two I would like to replace my old dish with a SWM 5 LNB. I understand there is one line coming from that dish, which connection on the SWM8 would that go to?

    Thanks for your help! Have read some other questions and answers, great info.
  2. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2013
    With SWM you only have one coax to the HR22 and one coax to the HR24, not two to each like you currently have. Each connection would be fed from the splitter. You would be able to use a 4 way or 2 way splitter instead of the 8 way SWS8, but unless you have fairly long runs from that splitter to the TVs (well over 100 feet) then it really doesn't matter.

    If you later update to a SWM LNB then your SWM8 is useless to you, the dish connects directly to the SWS8 splitter and your SWM8 cannot be used. Your R15 will also no longer work since it does not support SWM and the SWM LNB offers no way to provide a legacy port.
  3. lugnutathome

    lugnutathome Hall Of Fame

    Apr 13, 2009
    Woodburn, OR
    The SWM 8 requires a 4 line LNB so your dish swap would negate the 8.

    As to your other questions, the beauty of the SWM is that your HD DVR/Receivers only requires a SINGLE LINE now. Your second coax runs become backup lines. Also a SWS4 would give you a bit of a signal boost to your units. The 8 will add additional loss you do not really need (though may not miss). Heck with 2 DVRs and the R15 on legacy an SWS2 would do you just fine.

    Don "SWM rocks" Bolton
  4. longrider

    longrider Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Apr 21, 2007
    Elizabeth, CO
    Also, there is really no reason to switch to the SWM LNB. In new installations it is nice as you only need one wire from the dish but as you already have 4 why change? It does not do anything a SWM8 does not, and as stated (legacy support) it actually does less.
  5. bajafish

    bajafish New Member

    Sep 17, 2013
    WOW ..Thanks everyone for the good info. This helps alot!!
  6. Bill Broderick

    Bill Broderick Icon

    Aug 25, 2006
    Long Island
    When I went from Legacy to a SWM-16, I already had Ethernet going to each of my TV's. I took advantage of the extra coax that was already going to my guest bedroom to install a wired CCK and get the Internet onto my SWM system.

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