If you still haven’t upgraded to SWM technology, why not?

It’s been the DIRECTV standard since 2011. SWM technology takes a step away from traditional satellite broadcasting in favor of a system where one wire can be split multiple times to feed multiple receivers, instead of each wire needing its own line to the dish. Yes, it has limitations as does everything, but it’s by far the easiest way to install a satellite system and now supports up to 21 devices on a single line from the dish. When 4K does eventually come to DIRECTV, SWM will be your only way… older receivers won’t work with 4K and all newer receivers are SWM-only.

The amazing thing is that every single day I hear stories of Solid Signal customers who are desperately trying to hold on to old-school technology instead of jumping on the SWM bandwagon. Some are trying to eke one more year out of an aged HD receiver or DVR, some are trying inexplicably to keep a mobile or marine satellite dish from the mid-2000s alive. Some share a totally impossible-to-understand love for the ancient Spaun multiswitch line. Most just don’t know how easy it is to upgrade.

Almost every dish used for DIRECTV can be upgraded to SWM technology. People think that you need a Slimline, but that’s not true. You can use a round dish, the old-style HD dish, almost any kind of non-SWM dish can be connected to a SWM, even a mobile or marine dish.

So what are you waiting for? Worried about how you’ll do it? Luckily your friends at Solid Signal have just the guide you need. Our White Paper will give you all the information you need to do the work yourself, including links to all the parts you need to get the job done.

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Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 9,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.