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Want to prewire before install. What do I need?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by 996911, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. 996911

    996911 Go Pack!

    Aug 24, 2006
    Here is my current setup:

    I want to add another HD-DVR to the setup. What do I need to run before I call D* so the installer doesn't need to do a thing (or has very little to do)?

    If there is more info I need to provide to help out please let me know.

    By the way, is $199 the going rate for the HD DVR?

    Thanks in advance for the help!:righton:
  2. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    Your going to need a legacy multiswitch (WB68 or workalike) so there's not a whole lot you can do unless you have a burning desire to empty your billfold.

    Where the two cable runs need to go is entirely dependent on where the multiswitch goes and there's not much hope of anticipating that. About the only head start that I could see happening is that you run a fourth cable from the dish down to the ground block. DO NOT terminate any cables that you provide as the installer will have to cut off and replace anything you put on.

    In the long run, your time and money may be better spent making sure that the installer has easy and uncluttered access to everything.
  3. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    Here I must agree with harsh. By and large the installers use the best quality cable and connectors and are fairly expert at doing the wiring. I would ensure that the areas to be wired are clean and ready for his use.

    At this point you may choose to go for the connected home install, as it will upgrade you to SWiM-capable receivers (likely replacing your R15 with an R16) and putting a SWiM-enabled head on your dish. Not only that you get the DECA adapters and MRV setup. It is a bit pricey but if done while adding a new receiver there may be some wiggle room.
  4. 996911

    996911 Go Pack!

    Aug 24, 2006
    Thanks guys, that's what I was thinking would be the answer. Damn. Just wanted to make life easier for the installer. The new HDDVR will be located in a home theater that is currently under construction and to get the coax to the unit will require a pretty decent run through the attic from where the dish is to where the box will go.

    When the initial install was done (about 4 years ago) I knew we would only have 2 boxes so I ran 4 coax lines from where the dish would mount all the way to where the two units were in the house.

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