WB68 with leads to powered Dynex 5X8

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  1. Mar 5, 2009 #1 of 20
    Panchovilla

    Panchovilla New Member

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    I'm sure the answer to my question has probably been asked and answered numerous times and are in the archives somewhere. But I'm not sure how to search for it - so, it's easier for me to just ask it again.

    I have only been using 6 of the 8 out connections on the WB68 until now. I have just run cable (double) to my basement where I have connected them to my HR10-250 and an HR15 using a/b switches. This works fine but is a pain in the behind to change between DVR's. Can I connect to a Dynex powered 5X8 and then to the two DVR's. There will not be a problem with a cable box or antenna because they won't be used.

    If you feel like answering this please include any caveats.

    Thanks
     
  2. Mar 5, 2009 #2 of 20
    bigpuma

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    Let me see if I understand.

    From your WB68 you have 2 lines running to your basement. You want to connect those 2 lines to a 5x8 Multiswitch then use 4 lines out to the HR10 and HR15 (Is there such a thing as an HR15?)

    I believe this would work only for the 101 satelite which would limit you to Standard definition programming and no HD for those receivers. If that is ok for you go ahead. Is there any way to run another 2 lines to the basement?
     
  3. Mar 5, 2009 #3 of 20
    Panchovilla

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    Thanks for the reply, bigpuma. You're right about the HR15 - should be R15-100-R, it was just sent to me from D* as a replacement for my recently deceased SD Tivo.

    You are also correct describing what I'm attempting to do. I could run two more lines but I don't have anymore unused outlets on the WB68 and I already have the Dynex Multiswitch.

    What would cause me to only receive the 101 sat.??

    Thanks
     
  4. Mar 5, 2009 #4 of 20
    litzdog911

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    With only two cables from your WB68 multiswitch to the Dynex multiswitch, it can only receive 101º. You need four cables to the Dynex if you want all of the satellites, but the Dynex is not compatible with the new HD satellites at 99 and 103º.
     
  5. Mar 5, 2009 #5 of 20
    Panchovilla

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    Thanks for the info. What's the easiest (and cheapest) way to accomplish my goal? Also, how do you insert the degree symbol in the text as you have?
     
  6. Mar 5, 2009 #6 of 20
    bigpuma

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    The best thing you can do is run 2 more lines otherwise your only real option is limiting yourself to SD programming on those 2 receivers.
     
  7. Mar 5, 2009 #7 of 20
    Panchovilla

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    Thanks again, bigpuma, but I don't have any open outputs on my WB68. So, if my only answer is two more runs of coax what do I do to accomplish that.
     
  8. Mar 5, 2009 #8 of 20
    bigpuma

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    I thought you were only using 6 of the 8 outputs on your multiswitch? If you need more outputs you could get another WB68 connect four lines from the outputs on the first WB68 to the inputs on the second. That would give you a total of 12 outputs available to use.
     
  9. Mar 5, 2009 #9 of 20
    BigBearf

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    Also you can use a WB616 powered MS. I have 3 daisy chained thruout the house and can set up multiple HR10s, HR2xs and SD DVRs at four different locations.

    Hope this helps.
    BigBearf
     
  10. litzdog911

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    Because your HR10-250 and R15 only really need to receive the 101º satellite (they're not compatible with the HD satellites), your idea of running two cables from the unused WB68 outputs to your Dynex multiswitch's first two SAT inputs will work fine. Then you can run two cables to each DVR so that both tuners are active.

    If later on you need HD channels in the basement, you should consider upgrading to a newer Single Wire Multiswitch (SWM) setup.

    And to enter the º symbol, hold down "ALT" on your keyboard while pressing 0186 on the numeric keypad, then let go "ALT".
     
  11. cramer

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    Neither is the HR10 and R15 :)

    And SWM gear is still extremely expensive... doublly so with the need for converters at every receiver. (the HR23 is the only one with an SWM built in, and I don't think they're shipping yet.)
     
  12. bigpuma

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    What do you mean the HR23 is the only one with SWM built in? The HR2x series are all capable of SWM.
     
  13. JimSpence

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    I think cramer is confusing the need for the BBCs, which are only needed if NOT using SWM.
     
  14. Panchovilla

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    Using this idea why couldn't I just buy another WB68 (cheap on eBay) and install it in the basement, connect the two existing lines to the inputs and end up with the 4 outputs I need?

    BTW, thanks folks for all your help so far - this is a great Forum.
     
  15. JimSpence

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    You would still only get the 101 satellite. To get all sats you need four lines connected to the W68.

    Another way to get more than 8 outputs is to connect 2 WB68s in parallel using 4 high frequency splitters
     
  16. Tybee Bill

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    A SWM8 would be great for HR2x boxes only. They does have two legacy ports but not enough for this app. HR23's have internal BBC's. HR20-21-22 need BBC unless using a SWM LNB or SWM8.
    Enough of this HR talk. I thought we were TIVO centric:)
     
  17. litzdog911

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    Actually the SWM8 has three legacy outputs.
     
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  19. Tybee Bill

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    Yeah, I know. It was a feeble attempt at a funny. I also am on another forum that is D* focused and I was tired of seeing all the same complaints about too many upgrades that don't work and tuner errors that come and go.
    Believe me I can understand why a lot of customers wish the the mythical 2H2009 D* TIVO will be back on the market. I also want a better MRV (Multi Room Viewing) that will not require cabling because my home is all wireless. And don't get me started about DLB (Dual Line Buffers). Miss it badly in HD.
     
  20. JimSpence

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    100% agree on DLB. :)
     

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