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The SWM8 (also known as the "single wire multwitch") allows a single line run from a DIRECTV satellite dish to be split to feed up to eight DIRECTV satellite tuners.
In the world of SWM products, there are now three distinct items: SWM8, SWM16, and SWM-LNB. See our SWM8 FAQ entry for more info about the differences between those items. The Slimline SWM is a new dish from DirecTV that combines a 3LNB or 5LNB dish with a modified SWM8 switch in one item, with a separate power inserter. This dish does not support any legacy receivers and is limited to a total of 8 tuners.
This product is revolutionary for DIRECTV because previously, each receiver required a dedicated line (or, in the case of a digital video recorder, two dedicated lines) from the dish or multiswitch to the receiver. The SWM addresses some common problems:
*Using this feature is only available with a SWM8, and will NOT work with Multi-Room Vieiwing (MRV), also known as "whole home DVR."
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