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Will the Installer Bring a WB616?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by paulman182, Sep 24, 2008.

  1. paulman182

    paulman182 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 4, 2006
    I already have some DVRs with only one input connected due to having just a WB68 multiswitch.

    On October 9, an installer is scheduled to bring another HD DVR.

    When he sees my situation, will he install a WB616? The reason I ask is, I might buy one myself and have it already in place, cables already run, if there is no chance that DirecTV will furnish the WB616.
  2. Hoggy

    Hoggy Cool Member

    Sep 5, 2008
    If he is there to install your box as you stated, he will need the switch to install it. He will then have two options, install a wb616 or ad a wb68, just depends on what he has on his truck. No need to pick up a switch, but you may want to turn the wires yourself.
  3. texasbrit

    texasbrit Well-Known Member

    Aug 9, 2006
    The chances of getting a WB616 are small but it just might happen. The most likely options are (1) he will show up not knowing he has to install a new multiswitch at all or (2) he will install a second WB68 in parallel with the first one, using four wideband splitters (power -passing on both ports). That will work OK. Don't let him cascade the WB68s (four outputs from one driving the other) because that is unreliable and is specifically not recommended by Zinwell.
    If it were me I would let him install the parallel WB68 solution, and then if I wanted to, replace the two WB68s with a WB616 later.
  4. paulman182

    paulman182 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 4, 2006
    I'm thinking he might leave it as-is, since some of my lesser-used DVRs already have only one line run to them. I am going to re-route a cable and put two lines to the location where the new DVR is going, so he'll probably get the new one operating and leave well enough alone.

    I probably should go ahead and provide two lines to each of the DVRs in case he does wire up a suitable switch configuration. It's not very hard to do with a large crawlspace under my old house.

    If he does the parallel WB68 solution, I'll probably let him, and try it and see if it works. I can always add the splitters myself later.
  5. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    Two WB68's in parallel will work just fine, there is no reason to replace them with a WB616. At most, I would add a Sonora Power Inserter/Phase Locker to the parallel WB68's (thus making them the equivalent of a powred WB616).


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