I'm looking to do a self install of SWM technology, mainly to move towards each of the kids having their own DVR. With MRV, the whole idea of them recording their own stuff and then watching any-to-any is pretty appealing.
In thinking thru the whole SWM thing, there is a potential for 6-7 DVR's, which means 12-16 slots in use. Obviously, that means 2 x SWM-8 minimum.
Some of the locations have Cat-5 for networking (MRV enabled, works and rocks), several don't.
I've read the talk about doing MRV on SWM via MoCA and it's appealing. Right now, I'm not SWM and use the "split the feed off the 4 sat cables before they go to the multiswitch" technique with two multiswitches.
If I were to invest in SWM-8's and a SWM-E2 or -E4, do they pass the data traffic BETWEEN SWM's? My presumption is one of the IRD/DVR's is attached to a network connection and acts as a bridge/proxy to the coax side. Would I need to plan on a data cable to one IRD per SWM-8 to bridge the sides together or would the "upstream side" of the E2/4 do it?
Is the E2 or E4 essentially just a sexily packaged group of multiple splitters/diplexers and mounting unit for the -8, or does it have a little more intelligence than that? If so, I might as well stick with the splitters already in place and make sure I match up the ports.
Running Cat5 to the remaining couple of locations isn't a major issue and I have the ports on the switch, but the concept of slinging it on Coax seems a lot cleaner from an install point of view, plus gives the option of moving it to other coax in the house rooms without having to plant a data jack there.