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currently have a slimline dish with 4 wires running to a zen 8 way multi switch which splits off to the rest of the house. Want to get whole home dvr up and going, what would be the simplest and best setup. Have an hr21, h21, and h24, the h24 has convenient access to my router so keep that in mind for adding internet via coax with a decca device. There is convenient access to power at the current non swm multi switch in attic. Want to do this myself to save money if I can. Some opinions and recommendations on needed equipment would be very helpful.
 

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Two choices:
1: Replace the multiswitch with a SWM8 multiswitch and power inserter
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2: Replace the LNB with a SWM LNB, and replace the multiswitch with a 4 way splitter and power inserter.

Add a CCK for internet access using a 2 way splitter behind the H24
Note: Will need to remove all BBC's from the back of the units.
 

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Wouldn't I still need a 4 way splitter after the new SWM and PI? The power from the ckk wont eliminate the PI needed at the SWM would it? The hr21 and h21 would need those little network adapter modules case they don't have deca built in like the h24 right?
 

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With an SWM8 multiswitch, yes, you would still need a splitter. (its early for me, sorry. multiswitch only has one output).
Yes, you would need a deca module on each receiver except the H24

Veryoldschool has some excellent drawings in the connected home forum showing the various setups.
Its been a long time since I set up a non-Hx24 or higher. Im not sure if you HAVE to have a DECA module on the lower numbered units for satellite only, or if you just need them to connect that box to the internet and whole home access. I am thinking they work for satellite without the DECA module, but I could be wrong, and have no way to check right now.
 

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Cant open your link... There would be less chance of your dish becoming misaligned by replacing the multiswitch with an SWM8, however, the SWMLNB is a cheaper solution.
 

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Red is just power like plugging into an outlet for power, wasn't really needed in the diagram but I drew it for some reason lol. Is there a more reliable or simpler better way as far as the SWM stuff goes than I have illustrated? Does this leave any room for adding boxes in the future or would I need a bigger splitter somewhere?
 

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Red is just power like plugging into an outlet for power, wasn't really needed in the diagram but I drew it for some reason lol. Is there a more reliable or simpler better way as far as the SWM stuff goes than I have illustrated? Does this leave any room for adding boxes in the future or would I need a bigger splitter somewhere?
You can always replace the 4-way (which currently will still have one spare outlet) with an 8 way if you need to. The thing to remember with SWM, is you have 8 channels. Each tuner uses one channel. So for an HR34 you would use 5 channels.
HR2x you would use 2 channels
H2x would use 1 channel.

If you go over 8 channels, you will need a STANDARD LNB and an SWM16 multiswitch. So using an SWM8 with your current LNB would offer more expansion options in the future than an SWMLNB, which will always be limited to 8 tuners.
 

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Any advantages to running the power inserter on the swm1/power port of the SWM8 and the splitter through the swm2 port on the SWM8? Or should the power inserter be ran inline between the splitter and SWM8? Will one of those white deca adapter things I need on the back of the hr21 and h21 work in place of the ckk?
 

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Just a couple of thoughts here. Each SWM unit handles 8 channels which equates to 8 tuners. Each DVR has 2 tuners and each receiver has 1. Your current configuration has 5 tuners so you are good with a SWM-8. As noted you have two options, get a SWM-8 switch or replace your LNB with a SWM LNB. If you do the research you will find that the SWM LNB will always be less expensive than a separate SWM-8. But, if you wanted to do this yourself and are concerned about touching the dish, you could certainly leave the dish alone and run 4 wires from your current LNB to a SWM-8 box and just put it under the eaves. You then just run 1 wire to the splitter and follow your diagram for most of the wiring.

I would also suggest one change to your diagram. It is better to run the coax from your CCK back to the open port on your 4-way splitter rather than inject another splitter into the coax to your HR24. And if you get the wireless CCK it has a pass-through coax connection that you could just insert in the line where you show your 2-way splitter. And, if you are into MRV you need DECAs on the H21 and HR21.

As for the future, you really need to look to your viewing habits and determine how many simultaneous feeds and recording channels you need. Your current configuration allows for 3 simultaneous feeds (3 receivers) and two separate recording channels. You could cover that with an HR34 and two C-31s. You could have that configuration and keep your HR24 and still only have 7 tuners which would be covered by a SWM8 configuration. So, it is really difficult to try to plan too far ahead since D*'s technology is a real moving target and what limitations you see today may not be there in the future. What I trying to say here is don't get too excited about spending a bunch of money on a SWM-16 unless you really need that capability today.

Just my thoughts.
 

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frankiev07 said:
Any advantages to running the power inserter on the swm1/power port of the SWM8 and the splitter through the swm2 port on the SWM8? Or should the power inserter be ran inline between the splitter and SWM8? Will one of those white deca adapter things I need on the back of the hr21 and h21 work in place of the ckk?
If too close to a receiver, the power inserter can cause some issues. It doesn't really matter where you put the PI, but if you want to isolate it you can plug it directly into the legacy 3 port.

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I would also suggest one change to your diagram. It is better to run the coax from your CCK back to the open port on your 4-way splitter rather than inject another splitter into the coax to your HR24. And if you get the wireless CCK it has a pass-through coax connection that you could just insert in the line where you show your 2-way splitter. And, if you are into MRV you need DECAs on the H21 and HR21.
The WiFi DECA just has the splitter built in, the loss is about the same as using a 2way with a normal CCK.
 

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So this little device that goes on the back of the hr21 and h21 is this thing...http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp?p=DECA1MR01&d=DIRECTV-Ethernet-Coax-Adapter-DECA--(DECA1MR01)

Im still unsure if I can use one of these in place of the ckk?
Yes, you can... Just remember if using one of these as a stand alone DECA to router bridge, you will need a power supply for it. It normally gets power from the receiver its attached to.

This is how I have my system set up. I am using one of those DECA modules between my splitter and my router. It used to be the way it was installed by DirecTv until they released the CCK. Power inserter for the DECA module is on the left. Router cable on left, Coax jumper to splitter on the right.
 

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Yes, you can... Just remember if using one of these as a stand alone DECA to router bridge, you will need a power supply for it. It normally gets power from the receiver its attached to.

This is how I have my system set up. I am using one of those DECA modules between my splitter and my router. It used to be the way it was installed by DirecTv until they released the CCK. Power inserter for the DECA module is on the left. Router cable on left, Coax jumper to splitter on the right.
What's with that black mark on the DECA's pigtail? While I'm sure its not, it does look like its burned there.

And ironically DIRECTV has reverted back to the receiver DECA-PI combo idea for the CCK using the DECA II nowadays.

http://www.dbstalk.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=29554&d=1341827331
 

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What's with that black mark on the DECA's pigtail? While I'm sure its not, it does look like its burned there.
Tar from when I cut out the sheetrock to install support studs for the 60" wall mounted TV on the other side of the closet. The old studs had some tar on them from something.
 
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