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    Directv Swim device

    I'm looking at subscribing to Directv. Need a couple receivers for house, and one for my camper. However, a friend recently had a system installed and stated that directv uses a new thing called a "swim" device ? Keeps you from running dual cables for DVRs, etc and it all works with one cable. (I hope I'm saying this right as I'm not up to speed on these things). He stated that if you don't have your receiver plugged into this that every 30 days the receivers talk to each other and if it doesn't see the receiver, it will cancel the receiver. So my question is whether this happens ? I don't use the camper often, and sometimes months before using, but it would be nice to use satelite when we do go. But, this spare receiver won't be used very often. Will this new system actually cancel my service if it's not always hookep up ? Thanks for any advice. I don't want to get the extra receiver if that is the case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LBDirectvnew View Post
    I'm looking at subscribing to Directv. Need a couple receivers for house, and one for my camper. However, a friend recently had a system installed and stated that directv uses a new thing called a "swim" device ? Keeps you from running dual cables for DVRs, etc and it all works with one cable. (I hope I'm saying this right as I'm not up to speed on these things). He stated that if you don't have your receiver plugged into this that every 30 days the receivers talk to each other and if it doesn't see the receiver, it will cancel the receiver. So my question is whether this happens ? I don't use the camper often, and sometimes months before using, but it would be nice to use satelite when we do go. But, this spare receiver won't be used very often. Will this new system actually cancel my service if it's not always hookep up ? Thanks for any advice. I don't want to get the extra receiver if that is the case.
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    Welcome to the Site !!!
    The SWiM will NOT cancel your service.
    If your only using the camper occasionally, why not use the extra recvr in the house and take it with you when your camping ? may as well make use of it and not be paying an extra $ 5 p/m for something sitting in the camper.

    What may happen, if you don't have a sat signal long enough to the box, you may have to call in or online and reauthorize the box when your planning on using it.
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    For the house, I was planning on HD receivers. For the camper, just a standard one as we have an old cheap TV in there. I was going to buy a round dish for the camper. Also, I assumed that if I disconnected the receiver from the house, and was gone for a while (during summer we sometimes rent a spot for the season to keep our normal camping spot) so thought the receiver would cancel if not connected to the SWM (Swim) thing. If I took the receiver from the house and kept at camper for the season, how do I know if it'll quit working ? I also posted this question on the Technical site (sorry for double posting) and someone said I'd have to maybe reauthroize it. I guess this always raises the question of a phone line. It will be impossible for me to plug into the phone line at home as I don't have a line anywhere near the TV. Am I out of luck on getting this to work ? I have cable now, but after seeing a friends picutre on directv, I really like the difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LBDirectvnew View Post
    For the house, I was planning on HD receivers. For the camper, just a standard one as we have an old cheap TV in there. I was going to buy a round dish for the camper. Also, I assumed that if I disconnected the receiver from the house, and was gone for a while (during summer we sometimes rent a spot for the season to keep our normal camping spot) so thought the receiver would cancel if not connected to the SWM (Swim) thing. If I took the receiver from the house and kept at camper for the season, how do I know if it'll quit working ? I also posted this question on the Technical site (sorry for double posting) and someone said I'd have to maybe reauthroize it. I guess this always raises the question of a phone line. It will be impossible for me to plug into the phone line at home as I don't have a line anywhere near the TV. Am I out of luck on getting this to work ? I have cable now, but after seeing a friends picutre on directv, I really like the difference.
    You really should have no problems with this.
    The SWiM is to make the DVR work with only 1 feed to it.
    In the camper your only using one feed, are you using a DVR in the camper ?
    If you are,then just run 2 feeds from the dish to the back of the recvr, you don't need to bother with the SWiM when camping, just leave it set up at home.
    Make sure when you set the recvr up at the campground that when you go thru the set up you change it off of the SWM set up and on to the dish you are using, and vise versa when coming home.
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    Thank you Jimbo. No, I don't plan on doing the DVR at the camper. Just standard box. Actually, never really thought about the DVR until you mentioned it. Guess it wouldn't be a bad idea, but more than likely probably just the standard box just to have TV for rainy days. I feel much better now with making the jump from cable to satelite. And, as far as phone lines at home, I won't have to worry about not having my phone line hookep up ? My firend said that when he got his installed, the installer said he must ALWAYS have line hooked up or it won't work. He's able to because he has multiple phone jacks. And, the installer said not to move any boxes or disconnect the phone line for any reason for at least 3 days due to the initial setup. That is my only problem at home because the phone jack is in a completely different room.
    Thanks for your patience and help.

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    phone lines are a myth. DirecTV personnel will tell you that you always need the phone line hooked up, but someone like myself who has not had the phone lines hooked up for most of my 14 years watching DirecTV will tell you otherwise.
    AFAIK, the phoneline is mostly used for payperview billing.

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