: cascading SW44 switch for 5+ tuners
2010-10-19, 11:56 AM
If you put a different make of SW44 switch in the same way and all connected properly it should work. I would suggest there is a problem with the switch or power supply!
This is how to use two 3x4's and two SW44's http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showpost.php?p=682376&postcount=3
2010-10-19, 11:59 AM
Maybe I'll say what I mean sooner or later. I meant putting the 3 X 4s in front of the 44s.
When I swapped them out I meant completely. I replaced the Microyal and it's power supply with the Video Path and it's power supply and hooked the LNBs back in the same order they were on the other 44. The Receiver setup could not find the satellites until I put back my old sw44.
2010-10-19, 12:05 PM
It would appear you have a bad VP SW44/Power Supply or Inserter.
As Dirtroad says, the make of the SW44 should not matter.
Here is how I do it;
2010-10-25, 12:52 PM
Thanks for the reply (I got lost on where I posted for a while).
You said that my sw44 may not work. So can I measure the voltage coming out of the Dish-IN ports on the sw44 and I should get 18v or 13v going back into the LNBs? Or where should I measure the voltage. Don't assume I said this correctly, but I do know how to measure voltage. This will be my final effort before I send it back. Thanks.
2010-10-25, 02:08 PM
Thanks for all the input and pictures.
My VP SW44 seems to be working as I went ahead and measured voltage. My inverter read the stated output of 24v. My LNBs read 19v on the 1a and 2a outputs and the 1b and 2b read 13v.
Now I need to get cables as nice as those in the photos and 2 SW34s. I have a vip 622 dvr hd, and I plan to add a vip 722dvr hd. I am also using 3 DP311s for a total of seven tuners. So the setup of two sw34s and two sw44s should do the trick correct?
2010-10-25, 02:21 PM
What is the brand of sw34s you are using in the photo in post 243? Also,
Where are the power inverters for each of the sw44s, or do connect them between each of the sw44s and the receivers?
2010-10-25, 03:07 PM
Switch's are Eagle Aspen. I normally try to locate the Power Inserter and Power Supply behind the main TV's, so if there is power to the TV, there is Power to the SW44.
2010-10-25, 08:46 PM
Thank you. Henry
2010-11-04, 09:29 AM
Thanks to you guys for the information and diagrams.
I received my two Zinwell 3X4 Multi-Switchs (14.00 each on ebay - and may have been cheaper if I had been patient), and used them along with my VideoPath SW44 (19.95 on ebay) and Microyal SW44 I was already using.
I got a board and took over the kitchen table, made cables and wired them according the diagrams. From the comments on the forum, I made sure the wire ends were long enough to make good contact. Also from the forum, I connected the power supplies and made sure I had proper voltage before permanently mounting everything to the board.
The cables may not look as pretty as the diagrams but everything worked perfectly the first time.
With the eight outputs, I use (3) DP311s and two tuners for the VIP 622 DVR HD for a total of 5 outputs used, with three left over. But, I plan to add a DVR722 later.
Thanks again for your help. Henry.
Hi I am new to the forums and have been reading alot. I want to hook up a fifth receiver and have a question...can i use the original 63879 switch before the sw44 to split the signal off for non-hd receivers?
2011-03-15, 07:15 PM
By original, i believe you're referring to a multiswitch. If so, than yes. It's 91 that you want, usually whats plugged into 1b and 1a.
Thanks Costa for the reply...yes it is the original mutiswitch whick would be like a ssw34 but it is a powered one..do i need to have it powered as well as the sw44?
2011-03-16, 08:19 AM
Power is normally only required if the cable runs are long, 100' or so.
2011-05-10, 11:46 AM
I've been reading this forum extensively over the past couple days, but haven't been able to find exactly what I'm looking for yet (it might be in here, but there's so much info, so please bear with me).
I currently have BEV. My dish is in a kinda inconvenient place for me to get to (I'd need to put my ladder on a relatively steep hill), so short of calling Bell in for a $75 service call, I was hoping there might be an easier solution. I have HD and can see that there is a switch (SW44) mounted up beside the dish with three of its four outputs going to my basement and then directly to my three receivers, and one output unused. Problem is I want to add a fourth receiver, without having to access the switch (though after reading everything on here, I think that might be the cheapest/easiest solution). Could I use a SW34 switch to accomplish this? I've included a diagram of what I'm proposing to maybe better explain what I'm suggesting.
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks. :D
2011-05-10, 07:36 PM
No, that will not work.
I would suggest calling bell and paying the $75 Service Call fee but have him move the SW44 to a spot indoors where you can get at it in the future.
Alternate would be to climb onto the roof and use the spare port on the SW44 for your 4th receiver, or again have Bell do it for you.
2011-05-10, 11:19 PM
Thanks for the info.
If I were to enlist the help of my brother to do this myself, is there a specific outdoor coax cable I need to use? Or is are they all the same?
2011-05-11, 06:38 AM
yes rg6 cable, any of this will be fine unless you plan on burrying it.
2011-05-11, 06:49 AM
You should ensure the RG6 is sweep tested/rated for 2.4Ghz, I would go for Belden or Commscope Cable.
If you struggle finding some, drop me a PM.
2011-05-11, 07:38 PM
or you could use VEXTRA as this is the cable dish network uses, you'll find it's also readilly available and affordable. but hey like I said earlier you'll be o.k. with any rg6.
2011-05-11, 08:41 PM
Funny you should mention Vextra, as it is made by Commscope but not approved for use by Bell TV, when Commscope is.