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What would I need to change to SWiM

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by VABlitz, Jun 13, 2013.

  1. infoman

    infoman New Member

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    If you're in the LA/OC area of Southern California I just picked up a SWM16 from a installer for $45 about a week ago. If you're in that area PM me and I'll give you his phone # he is located in Santa Ana.
     
  2. VABlitz

    VABlitz New Member

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    Thanks, but on the other coast.
     
  3. VABlitz

    VABlitz New Member

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    I guess I'm going in the attic to replace the switch anyway, might as well run the network drop while I am at it. Hopefully next week will be as cool as this one was.
     
  4. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

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    I had to say, the wifi works great for me. Video On Demand to a DVR is far slower than the wifi signal it gets, so Miles's you have a slow wifi network you might not need to do that drop. Granted if its easy enough to do the drop, I'd do it to probably. But if its to hot, you cold always run wifi till its cool again!
     
  5. Bill Broderick

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    You can get a broadband DECA on ebay for $9.50. This works the same as a CCK. Since you are converting to SWM, you already have two coax cables connected to the HR22 in your bedroom. When you install the SWM, you can use one of those cables for the HR22 and the other to connect to the broadband DECA. The only other thing that you will need is an available outlet to plug the broadband DECA into. This will give you wired speed to all of your DVR's and allow you to put the HR-44 wherever you want.

    Also, if you decide that you need a SWM-16, you can find a new one (including power inserter and and two 8-way spliiters) for $50 (including shipping).
     
  6. VABlitz

    VABlitz New Member

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    Okay, now I am confused. I thought, one end of the Deca was plugged into your SWM16 and the other your receiver and the lan port, why would I need the other RG6 cable? It will be SWM and the receiver would only need one cable, correct? Or in order to use the DECA, you still need to use both RG6 cables, on port 1 the one connected directly to the SWM16 and the port 2 connected to the DECA which is connected to the SWM16?
     
  7. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

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    He's talking about an additional deca to bridge the system to your home network and Internet not two lines to get the one unit hooked up.
     
  8. VABlitz

    VABlitz New Member

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    Ah that explains it. I'll probably either run the Cat6, divert the existing one in my bedroom to the living room, or use the wifi of the HR44. Fishing the wall where my router sits is a PITA, so I may just divert the other end of the cable.

    I may indeed use the wifi. The only thing I was worried about is how my internet browsing dies when I am steaming from one DVR to the other (especially HD), but once I install DECA that hopefully won't have to touch my router too much.
     
  9. VABlitz

    VABlitz New Member

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    An update of my setup has been completed. SWM16 installed with two four way splitters, four DVRs with DECA's installed, a Broadband DECA, and of course the power inserter. Eventually I need to replace my RG6 with Solid Copper Core Cables. Noticed all of them are Copper Clad Steel, but not having a problem with any of my current cables running SWM. Longest cable run is 50ft, not counting the device cable from the outlet to back of the DVR. Power Inserter and Living room receiver does not run through an outlet box (straight from the splitter in the attic to the device).

    I would like to thank everyone for helping this confused DIYer get this setup completed.

    If the IRD port on the power inserter is unused, does it need a terminator? I am currently running without one on it.
     
  10. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

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    There is no need to change you working CCS cables as there is no difference in RF signal loss when using either cable. The only place it matters is the cable running the power to the LNB/switch and CCS is OK in short runs

    The PI "signal to IRD" must be terminated if is not being used.
     
  11. VABlitz

    VABlitz New Member

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    Plan to use the IRD in the future, but until then I will terminate it. The cable upgrade is one of those things I always wanted to complete, as a few of them are a litte shorter than I would like them to be (cables in the attic are stretched to limits). Also, a couple with lousy connectors I would like to replace. But it is set in the future a bit. I have a lot of other things I will be saving for before purchasing those items...and waiting for much cooler weather (Fall or winter project either next or the one after).
     

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