In Response to Questions About Our TV Set-Up

We’ve had a few people inquire as to what exactly we did differently with our satellite TV set-up. We hope that the following helps explain the matter more precisely than we can.

This explains it

First, we need to know the basic ideas of the SWM (usually called “swim”) technology that the SK-SWM3 and the Genie are founded on. “SWM” essentially equates to – Single Wire Multi-switch technology. Up until the introduction of the SWM technology, we had to have a separate coax for each tuner in a satellite system. To fully utilize the Slimline-5 antennas, you had to bring 4 coax cables in from the antenna and then add a multi-switch if you wanted or needed to support more than 4 tuners. Now with SWM technology, you only need 1 coax cable coming in from the antenna to support many tuners/receivers. Today, the single coax cable comes from the antenna into a “special” splitter, and then you have 1 coax cable that goes from the splitter to each DirecTV satellite receiver. Note that if you are connecting a multi-tuner DVR in a SWM system you still only use one coax from the splitter to the receiver, and the tuners in that box “share” the coax.

So, how does the DirecTV Genie system look from a box and cabling point of view?
A Genie system consists of one main HD DVR with multiple internal tuners, and up to 3 “Client” devices connected via a coax from the splitter. Think of this as a “TV network” where the client boxes communicate through the coax to the main Genie receiver, and then display TV content, (live TV or recorded TV) onto the television the client device is attached to. Record up to 5 programs at once and watch up to 4 different live shows at once. Every location has complete access to every channel and every recorded program.


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2 thoughts on “In Response to Questions About Our TV Set-Up

  1. gary

    Great we are having the Sat. antenna installed on or new coach and was wandering how the thing worked.

    • Gary, is it the Direct TV HD traveler? That’s what we have. Once the tech walked us through it, we’ve had no issues with it & really like the new capabilities it now has. You’re gonna love it!

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