NICE AND EASY: Can you move your DIRECTV DVR to another room?

Yes, absolutely. Most DIRECTV installations today use the SWM system which lets you move your equipment easily. If you don’t know if you’re using the SWM system, press the {DASH} button on your remote (to the left of the zero) and you’ll see a display like this one on the screen:

If it says “SWiM Connected,” then you are.

At that point it’s a matter of finding the splitter that feeds your DVR now and running a line to another room. Use good-quality RG6 cable and avoid cable from home stores as it’s not always suitable for satellite use even when it says it is. Take off the little terminator cap from one of the ports on the splitter and run your new line. If you’re disconnecting a line, add a terminator cap. If you don’t have a spare, it’s ok to get those at the local home store.

If all the lines on your splitter are taken up, you can get a new one at Solid Signal. Not every splitter will work so always get the DIRECTV-approved ones. You can replace a smaller splitter with a larger one, or run one line from a splitter into another splitter. Just don’t go overboard.

Pretty much the only limitation here is that you shouldn’t run cables that are too long. I’ve put together a little tutorial that explains how far you can run cables without it being a problem. For most people it just doesn’t end up being a problem but if you have a large home or a lot of receivers you might have to plan ahead.

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Stuart Sweet
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