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SWM8 / WB68 Parallel Install

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by jagrim, Aug 28, 2009.

  1. jagrim

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    My current configuration in signature will change soon due to adding (2) additional HD DVR's (Thanks DTV).
    My new receiver combination will be:
    (1) HR20-100
    (4) HR21-100
    (1) R15
    (1) D11

    Though my WB616 would handle that, one of the HR21's will only get 1 line due to it's location. To solve that issue, I am choosing to change to a SWM8 and WB68 parallel solution (I could also use the WB616 instead of the WB68 - don't know which would be better). I will also be diplexing OTA to the HR20.

    Since this will be my 1st SWM parallel install, I wanted to insure that I ordered all the right parts so I used Wk***s.

    What I have coming:
    (4) Power passing High Frequency Splitters (HFS4)
    (1) SWM8 with Power Inserter
    (1) NAS 1 x 4 SWM Splitter
    (1) Diplexer/Splitter for SWM

    My plan is to hook up the HR20 and (3) HR21's to the SWM and the remainder to the WB68. My reasoning for choosing the WB68 over the WB616 is only a power source issue. I could add another outlet but would prefer not to at this time (it's hot in the attic).

    I believe I have thought of everything but want to make sure.

    Any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions would be appreciated.
    Alan
     
  2. jdspencer

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    It looks like you have it covered. You didn't say how you were going to diplex the OTA to the HR20. I'll assume that you will do this on one of the outputs from the WB68 or WB616 that feeds the HR20.

    Also, note that the SWM8 has three legacy ports.
     
  3. jagrim

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    I plan to diplex to the HR20 thru the SWM8. As you pointed the SWM has 3 legacy ports that I could use for the R15 and D11. I may try them in both to see if one is better than the other.
     
  4. jdspencer

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    I'm not sure, but I don't think the legacy ports on the SWM8 pass OTA.
     
  5. MikeW

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    No they don't, but the OP is saying he is going to diplex onto the HR20.
     
  6. MikeW

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    If you have any VHF channels that you want to receive, you may want to consider a seperate diplexor instead of the one built into the SWM8. Here, local channel 9 shows 0 strength when diplexed through the SWM8, but on an external diplexor gets around 90.
     
  7. BAHitman

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    Why would you not just take 4 ports from the 616 and run them into the swm8?

    Is there some reason why this would not work?
     
  8. jagrim

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    Hopefully that won't present a problem but I will put that on my checklist to test. If it does present a problem, my solution is easy. My Hr20 currently has 3 runs ( 2 for sat, 1 for OTA); I'll just revert back to the OTA run. My purpose in diplexing the OTA thru the SWM8 is to reduce the # of cables running from the wall to behind the AV Center (make wife happy). It's easier to hide 1 line than 3.
     
  9. dsw2112

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    This would work, but most prefer to put them in parallel. Cascading can sometimes produce unpredictable results...

    To the OP: I'd use the 616 if you're going to have to buy a 68. The PI can always be placed at the receiver leaving you an open outlet for the 616. Just make sure you have a power passing SWS splitter on the PI line.
     
  10. jagrim

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    I've got a 68 laying around from when I upgraded to the 616. I could very easily just add a surge protector for the 616 and SWM and that would also solve the power issue. Thanks
     
  11. dsw2112

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    Sounds like you've got your bases covered. Good luck on setup!
     
  12. jagrim

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    Got a long weekend next week so will do the install then if everything is here
     
  13. texasbrit

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    I have no problem at all with VHF channels (VHF-hi channels 8, 9 and 11) diplexed through my SWM8 here in Dallas...
     

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