DIRECTV Technical Support: Power Inserter for Genie 2

DIRECTV Technical Support: Power Inserter for Genie 2

The DIRECTV PI-29Z power inserter is something that many satellite TV viewers are familiar with.  This device has been part of residential satellite TV installations for almost 10 years.  As common as this power inserter is, it’s not a part of many of today’s new DIRECTV installations.  You particularly don’t see it in installations with the DIRECTV HS17 Genie 2 server/receiver.  Why is that?  And, if you don’t have this DIRECTV power inserter, should you get one for your Genie 2 installation?  As your source for DIRECTV technical support, Signal Connect clears this up for you.

The DIRECTV PI-29Z Power Inserter

This device is more than just a power supply.  What it does is built into its name – it inserts power into a satellite line that also carries signal.  (Yes, a satellite dish needs power in order for it to work.)  This particular DIRECTV power inserter allows one cable to feed a satellite dish or multiswitch.  In the early days, satellite power came straight from the receiver.  While this approach worked, it was inefficient.  By the late 2000s, power inserters were developed to do the work of powering a dish.   

DIRECTV Genie 2 is a Game Changer

Satellite installations from back in the day often included a bunch of cables, wires and black boxes.  The Genie 2 helped simplify a lot of this.  Its single tower design acts as a wireless video bridge, cinema connection kit, and DVR.  The DIRECTV Genie 2 also powers the dish by itself.  Because of this, it would make the PI-29Z power inserter obsolete, right?  Not so fast!

There are a couple cases when you should use this DIRECTV power inserter with your Genie 2:

  1. Long Cable Runs: If your installation has 300 feet of cable between your Genie and the dish, put a power inserter about 25-50 feet from the dish.
  2. External Multiswitches: If your installation uses a SWM-30 multiswitch, you will need this external power inserter for it.

Do You Have a DIRECTV HS17 Genie 2?

If you don’t, you should.  When part of a DIRECTV upgrade combo, the Genie 2 lets you enjoy DIRECTV 4K programming.  This is DIRECTV’s highest quality resolution.  The picture and audio is so crisp, clear, and life-like, you’ll think your in the program rather than watching it.  Here are some other benefits you can enjoy with a DIRECTG Genie 2 receiver:

  • It provides DIRECTV to up to seven rooms of TV.
  • Genie 2 offers two 4K streams.
  • It allows wireless clients without having an external wireless adapter.
  • You’ll be future proofed against upcoming DIRECTV developments.

DIRECTV Genie 2 Upgrade Combo 

The DIRECTV HS17 Genie 2 is great for new DIRECTV customers and current users who want to upgrade to 4K programming.  Signal Connect helps you get this system with a special promotion on this DIRECTV combo.  Along with the Genie 2, it also includes a reverse-band LNB and the DIRECTV 4K Genie mini client.  This is everything you need to enjoy DIRECTV’s high-definition and 4K programming, and you’ll save $20 when you purchase this combo for Solid Signal, a division of Signal Connect.  It’s a great deal for anyone who wants the best that DIRECTV has to offer. 

If you’re ready to add 4K programming to your DIRECTV installation, fill out the form below.  A Signal Connect representative will follow up with you as soon as possible.