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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.
 

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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.
 

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paulman182 said:
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.
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.
 

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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.
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.
 

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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).

Carl
 
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