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Which Multi-Switch?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by ecutchins, Aug 19, 2007.

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  1. LameLefty

    LameLefty I used to be a rocket scientist

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    In another thread they're reported to be about $10 on eBay plus about $6 for shipping. Buy it and get credits for the aggravation of replacing it yourself.
     
  2. ecutchins

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    Okay, I agree I should of just ordered the multiswitch and done it myself. It would have been easier. I made one more call to D* to cancel the install the rep made for me last night. I explained to the rep why I was cancelling and he said he could get it done, so I said okay see what you can do. Well I don't know what he did or how he did it but I'm scheduled for 1 - 5 tomorrow. We'll see how that goes. If it doesn't work I'll be ordering the multiswitch from solid signal.

    Thanks for everyones input.
     
  3. Sirshagg

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    They really should just scrap all their training materials (if they actually have any) and tell their people to come here to learn everything.
     
  4. Chip Moody

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    Did you happen to catch that CSR's name? I'm one of the few that was told via email that my switch would absolutely, positively be good to go for the new HD channels... :(

    - Chip

     
  5. dgordo

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    Is it true that the Zinwell WB68 doesnt need a power source?
     
  6. HDTVsportsfan

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    Yes...that is true. The WB16 does however.
     
  7. Michael D'Angelo

    Michael D'Angelo Lifetime Achiever

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    True the WB68 does not need power. The Zinwell WB616 6x16 does need power if you ever need to upgrade to that for more outputs.
     
  8. bobnielsen

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    Yes it is an unpowered switch (in other words, it is powered by the 13/18v switching voltage from the receiver). The WB616 and (much more expensive) Spaun switches are powered. The SWM is also powered.
     
  9. dgordo

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    Thanks for the responses. What is the advantage to having the switch powered vs non-powered?
     
  10. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    If you had long cable runs that would lose some of the drive voltage, then a powered switch could over come some of this.
    You could also use a Sonora locker to do the same thing and power the dish.
     
  11. CCarncross

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    No real advantage until you start getting into longer cables runs.
     
  12. dgordo

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    Thanks. Would the non-powered switch explain the delay I now have when changing channels that wasnt there before when i had direct cable runs without a switch?
     
  13. HDTVsportsfan

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    Did you have new receivers installed at the same time. If so, check the "Native" settings in setup. Press Menu>Help & Settings> Setup>HDTV

    Tell us what the native setting is.
     
  14. CCarncross

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    Not likely, its much more likely related to your change in equipment. Did you have HD receivers b4, or do you now? Did you have an DVR's b4, or just straight receivers? HD units will take longer to change stations, dvrs will take a little bit longer than that, HD DVRs will typically take the longest.
     
  15. love that tv

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    this is most likely a lame question, but i have a Zinwell SAM-6802. is that the same as the WB68?
     
  16. Michael D'Angelo

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    No. You need to have it swapped out for a WB68.
     
  17. love that tv

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    i called DTV immediately. spoke to "technical support" and was told switch doesn't matter. i played there games with checking for channel 77, doing a reset, told them this was my second set of b-band converters installed, i rechecked channel 499. Nope, still no installed b-bands. then the tech tells me, don't worry I'm making a note on your account, and that his does the same at home. you'll get the HD channels sir, don't worry!! what kinda idiot am i? any suggestions?
     
  18. HDTVsportsfan

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    As Bmore said, you need the WB68 to get the new channels. You need to keep calling and pesture the crap out of them. Or go buy one and get credits back.
     
  19. dgordo

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    Literally the only change made was that I added the multiswitch in preperation for adding a new dvr. Everything else is the same. I doesnt bother me, I was just curious why it takes a little longer for all receivers, hd and sd, to change channels.
     
  20. C-Dub006

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    You are correct, it does not, it is a passive MultiSwitch.

    C-Dub006
     
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