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Old 01-01-2013, 11:21 AM   #1
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I upgraded to the new HD DVR from Direct TV. I have two separate boxes. One in the LR and one in my bedroom. In the past I would split the cables and run two other TVs, one in the kitchen and one in the DR. Now with the upgrade, they have two small black boxes called power inserters, behind each DVR. It says SWM ODU Only on them. The satellite cables go to them before going to each DVR. They won't let me split the cable to another TV. Any suggestions???
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Old 01-01-2013, 01:45 PM   #2
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I upgraded to the new HD DVR from Direct TV. I have two separate boxes. One in the LR and one in my bedroom. In the past I would split the cables and run two other TVs, one in the kitchen and one in the DR. Now with the upgrade, they have two small black boxes called power inserters, behind each DVR. It says SWM ODU Only on them. The satellite cables go to them before going to each DVR. They won't let me split the cable to another TV. Any suggestions???
I'm a little confused because the output of a box is usually split, using its video output(s), unless you're talking about adding additional boxes at the Kitchen and DR locations. The video output is either composite (single coax), component (three coax), or HDMI (single cable). Those can be split and run to secondary locations, using the appropriate splitter, but have nothing to do with the SWM line that comes into your satellite box.

Please explain a bit further???
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I'm sorry, maybe I'm not explaining this correctly. I have one cable coming in the house from the satellite dish. It goes to a splitter in the basement. From there one cable goes to the LR TV DVR, the other to the bedroom TV DVR. But before each DVD there is a small black box, the one I mentioned. The main cable from the splitter in the basement goes in the (Power to the SWM) side of the little black box and out the (Signal to IRD) side of the little black box to the Satellite in 1 (SWM-2) in HD DVR. From there, an HDMI cable runs from the HD DVR to the tv. That is the path of travel and the easiest way for me to explain. I think your saying I can run the HDMI cable from the back of the HD DVR to a splitter???? Then run a separate cable to another TV??? Sorry, not very savvy with this stuff. Thank you so much for your help.
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Do you have Directv boxes in the kitchen and the DR? Or were you using the LR and BR boxes to feed the video signal to the TVs in the kitchen and DR?
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No, I do not have boxes. I only have boxes in the LR and bedroom. I Want to run a cable back through the bedroom floor to a TV in the basement. I understand I have to watch what the bedroom TV is set on. That is fine with me.
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And yes, run cables to the kitchen and DR as well.
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I'm guessing before the upgrade that you were using a coax cable connected to the RF out on the old Directv box. And now the new boxes do not have the RF out connectors. Is that the case?
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I think the OP is trying to split the incoming cable BEFORE the DVR. That can't be done. He needs to split the OUTPUT of the DVR to get his other TV to work.

The "little black box" (SWM power inserter) should not be any problem if he does it this way.
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I'm sorry, maybe I'm not explaining this correctly. ....................
.......... From there, an HDMI cable runs from the HD DVR to the tv. That is the path of travel and the easiest way for me to explain. I think your saying I can run the HDMI cable from the back of the HD DVR to a splitter???? Then run a separate cable to another TV??? Sorry, not very savvy with this stuff. Thank you so much for your help.
That's correct. You can get what's called an HDMI splitter which allows you to split the HDMI signal into two similar signals which can then go to two displays. You'll get the same channel on both displays, but that's the only way you can split the output of a single satellite box. Monoprice has several splitters which work well. You'd also need some extra HDMI cable to run to each display once you've split the satellite receiver output. Monoprice can help you there too.

http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2

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I'm sorry, maybe I'm not explaining this correctly. I have one cable coming in the house from the satellite dish. It goes to a splitter in the basement. From there one cable goes to the LR TV DVR, the other to the bedroom TV DVR. But before each DVD there is a small black box, the one I mentioned. The main cable from the splitter in the basement goes in the (Power to the SWM) side of the little black box and out the (Signal to IRD) side of the little black box to the Satellite in 1 (SWM-2) in HD DVR. From there, an HDMI cable runs from the HD DVR to the tv. That is the path of travel and the easiest way for me to explain. I think your saying I can run the HDMI cable from the back of the HD DVR to a splitter???? Then run a separate cable to another TV??? Sorry, not very savvy with this stuff. Thank you so much for your help.
Yes, you can connect the output from the DVR(s) to a HDMI splitter (assuming you get one that handles the HDCP handshake) and from the splitter run a HDMI cable to each TV. That assumes the remote TVs have a HDMI input. Just be sure the HDMI splitter will handle the HDCP handshake as some don't.
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