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DIRECTV SWM8 Power Supply
SWM-8 Power Inserter
SWM-8 Power Inserter (indoor use Only) PI-29
SWM8 Power Supply
: $18.99

Detailed Description

 
SWM-8 Single Wire Multi-Switch (8 Channel SWM) Power Inserter
 
This is the Power inserter for the SWM-8 Multisiwtch from DIRECTV, it allow you to distributed the DIRECTV signal via one cable. For use with a 5LNB DIRECTV Dish "Slimline" With this switch you can run one line from your dish to your DVR. This eight channel single wire multiswitch also allows any transponder form any satellite input to be independently selected and distributed via one of eight designated SWM output frequency channels.
 
**Power Inserter ONLY.
 
 
swm8 switch
 
The SWM-8 (single-wire multiswitch, also knows as the SWM8 or SWiM) was designed to eliminate many of the issues involved in using house wiring in DIRECTV installs. Where previously several lines were required to run from a dish or multiswitch through outside walls and into individual rooms, the SWM-8 allows the signal to be run much more like a standard cable TV installation - only one line needs to run from the outdoor dish to the inside of the house.
 
Problem Solution
You have only one line run into a room that you want to have a DVR and can’t or don’t want to add additional wiring. The SWM8 solves the problem!
You have only one line run into a room and you want to have multiple DIRECTV receivers in that room, or one or more DVRs. The SWM8 solves the problem!
You have only one line run from your roof down to where all of the wires in your house meet. The SWM8 solves the problem!
You have an off-air antenna and a 5LNB HD DIRECTV dish and want to combine the signals on one line. The SWM8 solves the problem!
You have a cable and DIRECTV signal that you want to combine onto one line. The SWM8 solves the problem!

DIRECTV SWM-8 Multiswitch

Requirements for using a SWM8?

There are two basic requirements: (1) you need a compatible dish, and (2) you need SWM-compatible receivers.

The only SWM-compatible dish is the 5LNB dish (both slimline, and regular, both AT9 and AU9) from DIRECTV. The following is a list of SWM-compatible receivers:

HR20-100 through HR20-700
HR21-100 through HR21-700
HR21 Pro (all models)
HR22-100 through HR22-700
HR23-100 through HR23-700

H20-100 through H20-700
H21-100 through H21-700
H22-100 through H22-700
H23-100 through H23-700
R16-100 through R16-700
R22-100 through R22-700
R23-100 through R23-700
D12-100 through D12-700
D13-100 through D13-100
DIRECTV multiswitch
 

How do I connect the SWM8?

A SWM8 has six satellite inputs:

(1) 18V SAT99 / 101
(2) 13V SAT99 / 101
(3) 18V/22kHz SAT 103/110/119
(4) 13V/22kHz SAT 103/110/119
(5) Flex Port 1
(6) Flex Port 2
 

1) Connect the dish to the SWM. The four outputs from your 5LNB dish attach to inputs 1-4 on your SWM8. So long as the SWM is the only multiswitch that you are using with your 5LNB dish, it does not matter which wire from the 5LNB connects to which input on the SWM, but all four outputs from the dish must be connected to all four inputs on the SWM.

2) Connect the SWM to the PI-28 (sometimes referred to as a PI-29) Power Supply. We strongly recommend only DIRECTV-branded power supplies. Assuming you have one, your power supply (also called a power inserter) will have two coaxial cable connections—one labeled SWM, the other labeled IRD. Connect a cable from the red SWM connector on the power supply to the red connector on the SWM (SWM1 port). Be very wary of anyone trying to sell you a PI-21 (21V power supply) with a SWM8 multiswitch. The PI21 is used with the SWM ODU (dish with SWM built into it), and is not powerful or reliable enough to be used with the SWM8 multiswitch. We include a link to weaKnees below if you want one source for the SWM and correct PI.

3) Connect your receiver(s).

(a) ONE RECEIVER: If you have only one receiver to connect, simply connect the IRD output of the power supply to your SWM-compatible receiver. If you are using a DVR (HR20, HR21, HR22, HR23 or R16-R23), connect only ONE line to the SWM port (sometimes labeled FTM), which is typically the satellite 1 input.

(b) TWO RECEIVERS: If you have two receivers to connect, then you have two options: (1) connect one receiver as described above, and then the other receiver connects to the SWM2 port directly, or (2) connect a DIRECTV-approved 1x2 SWM splitter to the IRD port of your power inserter, and then connect one output of the splitter to one receiver, and the other output to the other receiver. NOTES: If you are not using the SWM2 port, be sure to keep the metal cap (terminator) connected. Also, NEVER use B-Band converters (BBCs) with the SWM.

(c) THREE RECEIVERS: Either use a DIRECTV-approved 1x4 SWM splitter in lieu of a 1x2 splitter (see (b)(2) above), or use a 1x2 splitter to connect two receivers and use the SWM2 port to connect the third. NOTE: If you are not using the SWM2 port, be sure to keep the metal cap (terminator) connected. Also, NEVER use B-Band converters (BBCs) with the SWM.

(d) FOUR RECEIVERS: Same as (c), above, but use two 1x2 splitters (one connected to the SWM2 output, the other connected to the IRD output of the SWM) or use one 1x4 splitter. NOTE: If you are not using the SWM2 port, be sure to keep the metal cap (terminator) connected. Also, NEVER use B-Band converters (BBCs) with the SWM.

(e) MORE THAN FOUR RECEIVERS: You can use two 1x4 splitters, or a 1x8 splitter, but remember that a single SWM8 can handle only EIGHT satellite tuners total, so if you have 5 DVRs, for example, you need more than one SWM. Also, NEVER use B-Band converters (BBCs) with the SWM.

4) Power on your receiver(s). If you are using multiple receivers, do not power them on at once. Rather, power them on one at a time, letting the first start acquiring satellite signal before powering up the next.
 

What are the Flex Ports for?

The SWM has two ports labeled Flex Port 1 and Flex Port 2. These are used in DIRECTV installations that have more than one dish (such as an international dish or, in certain markets, where a separate dish is required for local channels).

What is the “OFF-AIR” port for?

The SWM has an input for an off-air antenna. The SWM can carry both DIRECTV satellite signal and off-air antenna signal. If you wish to use an off-air antenna, you will connect the off-air antenna directly into the SWM, and then all outputs from the SWM will carry the DIRECTV and off-air signal. You must then use a special splitter, called a diplexer, to separate the two frequencies before connecting the output to a receiver. Please be careful with your selection of diplexers—not all work properly with a SWM.
 

What are the legacy ports and how do I (or do I have to) use them?

The SWM8 has three legacy outputs (Legacy 1, Legacy 2, Legacy 3). These three ports work like the output from a conventional 3LNB dish and allow you to use receivers that are not listed as SWM-compatible. In other words, if you want to continue using a DIRECTV TiVo or some other older receiver, you can do that. However, to use both tuners on a TiVo, you must have lines run from two of the legacy ports into Sat 1 and Sat 2 of the TiVo. A few notes about the legacy ports: (1) You cannot use any splitters to split outputs from the legacy ports. (2) We recommend that you not connect SWM-compatible equipment to the legacy ports. (3) This follows from the prior note, but the legacy ports do not transmit the signals from 2 of the 5 5LNB satellites, so only the content available from a 3LNB dish is available via the legacy ports.


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