Learn How to Install an External SWM Multiswitch
|Another option for upgrading is the use of an external SWM multiswitch. This will allow you to do the upgrade without touching the dish but is more expensive and will require you to cut cables and attach compression connectors. An external multiswitch is a good option if you think you will need to upgrade even more later, because if you upgrade the LNB to a single-wire model you will have to replace it with a four-wire model later for additional upgrades.
You´ll need the following for a DIRECTV external SWM installation::
DIRECTV SWM-8 Single Wire Multi-Switch With Power Supply (8 Channel) (SWM-8
DIRECTV SWS-8 Satellite 8-Way Wide Band MRV
DIRECTV SWM-PI 29V 1.5A Power Inserter for SWM-8 (SWM-PI)
Compatible Splitter (2 -2150 MHz)
Solid Signal Universal Compression Tool (LCCT-1-SS)
Digicon S-Series DS-6 RG-6 Connectors (Bag of 100) (DS6)
Solid Signal Custom Cable Lengths RG6 with High Quality Solid Signal Connectors (one 3´ run for the splitter, and any additional runs you may need)
A 7/16" open-end wrench and screwdrivers
After you decide where the multiswitch should go, cut the four lines to the dish so there is approximately 12" slack. Attach new compression connectors to the lines and connect them to the four ports at the bottom labeled Sat 99/101 and Sat 103/110/119. The flex ports are not used.
Connect a line from the SWM1/PWR port to the splitter. Attach compression connectors to the other side of the line you cut and attach them to the splitter. In general, the SWM2 port is not used. While you can use the SWM1/PWR port just for power and the SWM2 port just for receivers, that is a less stable configuration than using a power-passing splitter. You will need a line to a power source connected to port #1 (the red port.) You can use existing lines or run a new one for this purpose.
Make sure that any unused ports are terminated, using terminators you removed from the splitter.