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Yet another DECA question

Discussion in 'DIRECTV - H24/HR24 Field Trial (private)' started by mikhu, May 13, 2010.

  1. tfederov

    tfederov Well-Known Member

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    I think Mike and I are trying to do the same thing. That's great because I can't run any more wires to where my internet connection is. I'm scared to death that they're going to screw up my install on Monday but we'll see.....
     
  2. mikhu

    mikhu Beer Aficionado

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    Exactly what I'm thinking, I would essentially replicate what's on the right side of both of the schematics in the first look.

    That is my other option, using that second coax that currently goes from my WB68 to the HR24 as the run that ties the DECA to the internet. Not sure what the better way to do it, using that long run back to my home run area or just putting a splitter right near the HR24 and just using the one run that will come from the SWiM.

    Speaking of which, with 8 tuners, which install would I get? Is the SWiMLine the standard now or is the Slimline / SWiM-8 the standard? I haven't been paying ANY attention to that stuff lately.
     
  3. mikhu

    mikhu Beer Aficionado

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    Yep, same here. I have a couple paths where I could MAYBE fish a coax to my internet or a ethernet cable to my satellite, but it would be much easier just to hook it up using the existing coax & CAT5e at one of my receivers.
     
  4. Steve

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    Here we go... installer just called to say he was 30 minutes away. I asked him if he had a SWiM-16 on the truck. He said "No, but that's OK because they told us MRV only supports 4 viewing locations, so one of your SwiM-8's will be fine."

    Needless to say, I explained to him exactly what I need and he's now on the phone with his office to see if they have a 16. He also wasn't aware there was an ICK on my order. If I have a DECA cloud by tonight, it will be a miracle. :lol:
     
  5. tfederov

    tfederov Well-Known Member

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    Watching for updates.... :new_popco
     
  6. Steve

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    He just called back. He hopes to have a SWiM-16 by 2:30, at which point he'll come over. Fingers-crossed! :)
     
  7. Steve

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    My new best friend Emmanuel came about 3:30 armed with a SWiM-16 with a SWiM-8 PI, which I understand from VOS is fine.

    He also didn't have a "special" broadband DECA adapter to connect to my router. We used the same type that goes on the back of a receiver, but he had a special PI for it.

    We connected the PI to the center "DC PWR" connector of the SWiM-16, between the "SWM1/2" connectors. We used a 15' cable just to be sure, but VOS and others think a shorter cable is fine to that connector.

    He connected "green-labeled" 8-way splitters to both SWM1 and SWM2, and we put 4 DVR's on one and 2 DVR's and an H24 on the other. The DECA adapter connected to my router was also connected to one of the splitters.

    The HR24-100 connected to the DECA cloud with no issues after a reboot. The H24-700 was fussy. Took me a lot of rebooting and reconfiguring to get it to see the cloud, but that's another story.

    The HR20-700's that were previously networked didn't have to be rebooted. Simply replacing the CAT5 connection with the DECA adapter connection was enough.

    My R22-200 and HR20-700 that were never networked had to go through network set-up, naturally.

    Turns out the non-networked HR20-700 has an issue and needs to be replaced. That's another story as well. :)

    So contrary to what I thought earlier, everything worked out! :)
     
  8. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

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    BTW, he said he was trained to not automatically do an "0-2-4-6-8" unless he's installing a new box from his truck, which is assumed not to have the most current software. Otherwise, they expect boxes in the home to already have the latest s/w, thanks to push downloads of NR's.
     
  9. Steve

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    PPS: The SWiM-16 runs kind of warm to the touch (I confirmed this is normal with Doug). Using a digital thermometer and with my attic currently at 73 degrees ambient temp, the case of the SWiM-16 measured 115 degrees, or 42 degrees hotter. I laid the thermometer probe flat and in between the SWiM's heat sink ridges for that measurement.

    Might try to avoid putting it in an enclosed, unventilated space if you can. Even with an attic fan, my attic hits 100 during July and August, so I'll have to keep an eye on signal strength at those times. Will be a real PITA if I have to relocate everything. Fingers-crossed.
     
  10. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

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    Yup - all DECAs have some heat dissipation and run warm...mine is in my cooler lower level, so that certainly is a good thing.
     
  11. seern

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    That is especially good to know, since the HR24's really don't have an nr except that basic one which I am sure isn't even available. I was scared at what wold happen if the tech did a 02468 on one of these boxes.
     
  12. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

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    Ya. What he said made perfect sense, now that I think about it.

    And BTW, as a precaution, there's no reason you can't let the tech know up front that you're running beta s/w so please don't "02468".
     
  13. seern

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    Oh Steve, that has been my plan all along. I had even though of hiding the remotes. :grin:
     
  14. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

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    For what its worth...the HR20-700's got up to 131 degrees at some locations....so I suspect that since the SWiM units can be even installed outside (hot or cold), you should be OK.
     

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