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SWM8 --->R16-300...RG59 Okay?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by cdc101, Dec 7, 2008.

  1. cdc101

    cdc101 Godfather

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    Hey guys...installing a new SWM8 from my Slimline and I'll be running one of the lines from that to a R16-300 that is currently connected to an old style dish via some pre-installed RG59.

    Would it be possible for me to leave that 59 installed instead of upgrading to the RG6? Would be difficult to upgrade since the 59 is already installed in the wall..and the R15-300 is running nicely from it (via the old style round dish...yes, 2 dishes currently on the house).

    edit: I would have RG-6 to the SWM and from the SWM...the RG59 would then connect to the RG6 in the attic.
     
  2. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Guessing you have other recievers on the system and I would make sure the PI to SWM is RG6.
     
  3. cdc101

    cdc101 Godfather

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    Absolutely...the ONLY thing that would be RG59 would be to the R16-300...and even then the RG59 would be connected to an RG6 line coming from the SWM2 port.

    So IYO, this should be fine?
     
  4. BattleZone

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    SWM technology was specifically designed to be usable in situations like yours. Unless the RG59 is very low grade or damaged, it should work fine. Sat signal travels much further than usable DC voltage, and the SWM eliminates the need for voltage switching from the receivers (the Power Inserter is used up-stream), so all you have to worry about it signal. Unless the runs are very long (150' or more), RG59 should work.
     
  5. cdc101

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    That's good news. All of my cable runs are pretty short and the RG59 that's running to the R16-300 is in good condition...all inside and never exposed to the elements.

    Am I also correct to understand that you only use the Sat 1 tuner and the DVR itself will split the dual tuners?

    Thank you for the help.
     
  6. BattleZone

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    Yes, only 1 line to each SWM-capable receiver. Dual-tuner receivers will pull the signal for both tuners over the one line. A max of 8 tuners per SWM device.
     

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