Digital video recorders are convenient devices through which to watch shows on your own schedule. Some users want to be able to watch recorded shows in either a family room or a bedroom without moving the DVR or connecting their televisions to a wireless network. Using a multi-switch that is compatible with common DirectTV dishes, you can connect multiple DVRs to a single dish.
Connect your satellite dish to your multi-switch. The dish outputs will connect to the inputs on the switch.
Connect the multi-switch to the power supply using a coaxial cable. You should use the coaxial line labeled "SWM."
Insert the 1 by 2 SWM splitter into the IRD line on the power supply.
Connect 1 output of the 1 by 2 splitter to one DVR receiver.
Repeat Step 4, connecting the other output to the other receiver.
- SWM stands for single-wire multi-switch. SWM8 means there will be eight outputs that can connect to four DVRs while SWM16 can connect to eight and has 16 outputs.
- Avoid PI-21 power supplies with an SWM8 multi-switch. These are made for dishes that have SWM switches built in. They are not reliable enough for your external multi-switches.
- Never use B-Band converters for your multi-switch. Only use products that are approved for your SWM unit and satellite dish.
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