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Discussion in 'DIRECTV - Special Request Legacy Items (private)' started by Doug Brott, Oct 9, 2008.
THIS is a household chore I'm looking forward to.
Remember...you'll be scored on neatness in your photos.... :lol:
I'm already test-fitting and laying stuff out on the floor now.
If I had the plywood and some daylight, I'd be done.
Any news on the SL3s Doug?
Just mainly curious
I keep seeing this talked about, but haven't been able to find it on any official installation diagram. Can someone post a link to this info, and are you saying 15 feet or 15 inches. I know that ' means feet and " means inches, I'm just wondering if the 15' is a typo.
It's 15 FEET. The "why" is apparently open to debate. Some of the RF tech heads(*) in the installation forum say that's because of poor design of the power inserter but I don't know if that's correct.
(*) Tho' I have a B.S. in mechanical and aerospace engineering from an ABET-accredited school, I'm weak in RF. My two require EE courses were referred to by us aerospace guys as "Sparks & Magic" 101 and 102.
No, sorry, I wish it were a typo, but it isn't..... Not a huge deal for me, I just coiled up some RG6 next to where the PI is plugged in ...
but it would've been nice to cut the cable "to size"
It's 15 feet of cable between the SWM1 and PI connection....it was required, based on information quite some time ago, to deal with avoiding some form of feedback through the line between those 2 devices.
In any case, I had it in my SWM5, and now also have done that in my SWM8. No problems with either.
FWIW, my cable is about 2' but I coiled it. The SWM8 predates this trial. Been working fine.
If I experienced any problems I was going to change it but it's been a few months now with no problems.
I'm surprised 2' is short enough. In my case, I only had about 5' of RG6 from the back of my receiver through the floor down to where my old WB68 was mounted. I used a barrel connector to add another coil about 6' long that I had lying around because I was afraid 5' would be too short. I was afraid 11' would be too short! :lol:
I tried the ota input of the SWM8 again this weekend, just to be sure. I can't get ota to pass through. I have to diplex it after the PI. Just wanted to let everyone know that. Other than that, the SWM8 is working better than I would have imagined. I have had absolutely no trouble from it since day one. (knock on wood)
I'm running my SWM8 right now without any diplexer (there is a combiner on the HD DVR end however) to send OTA to 2 HR20-700's successfully.
It could just be a lack of signal strength. The OTA port on the SWM supposedly has more loss than most diplexers from what people have reported.
Signal strengths here dropped 0 or 1 point at the most per channel - I had saved screen shots for comparison. I was getting all my OTD channels in at between 84 and 100 levels, and the new ones through the SWM8 were exactly the same on most and 1 point down on a few of the 16 ocal channels.
In any case, as long as your diplexer setup works...go with it...
OTA can be a very picky and weird beast is all I can say.
It's not like digital signals in its predictability, at least from my experience.
Is it okay to list the SWM8 in our setups on the Your Setups: Q4 2008 thread?
Tell me I am not going crazy and this thread disappeared for a while!
I put this thing in my setup since it went away and I updated my setup page. I have since taken it out since it reappeard!
Could we have an update on what is planned for this as far as a release time?