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Adding a receiver to the 5LNB dish

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by mikenov, Sep 11, 2006.

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  1. mikenov

    mikenov New Member

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    I currently have the 5LNB dish, one HD Mpeg2 box upstairs and one HD H20 box downstairs. I am trying to add a third standard definition box but they did not install a multi switch when they put in the new dish for the h20. Is there anyway to add the multi switch to the correct lines so I can add a third cable run ? I talked with Directv support and after haggling with them for a while they started explaining how I can hook up another reciever directly to the 5LNB dish. It only took a couple of minutes to realize this was not a do it yourself job. They said no go to a splitter (Missing channels? ) . What are my options ? Any help is greatly appreciated.
     
  2. litzdog911

    litzdog911 Well-Known Member

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    You don't need a multiswitch to add a third receiver because your dish has four outputs from its integrated multiswitch. You just need another cable from the dish to your new receiver.
     
  3. mikenov

    mikenov New Member

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    Thanks for responding. I appreciate the help. When I called directv they did everything they could to try to disuade me from attempting to run that line to the dish on my own. They said I would have to unplug transponders and move them and all kinds of other stuff. I guess what I need to know is , is the integrated switch something that is accesible without tampering with the existing set up ? If so then this is a no brainer and I will be up on the ladder tonight.
     
  4. wolfman730

    wolfman730 Legend

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    You will have to unbolt the large LNB and pull it out to hook up another cable, they should have installed a multiswitch when they installed the dish for future upgrades.
     
  5. litzdog911

    litzdog911 Well-Known Member

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    The risk with removing the LNB arm is that you'll mess up the dish alignment. Proceed with caution.
     
  6. mikenov

    mikenov New Member

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    That was what I needed to know. I probably will just run a coax line from downstairs on Sundays until Directv comes out and installs my HR20 the first week of October. I just got a projector and screen set up upstairs and the rush is to get The Bears and the rest of the games in Big screen format on sundays. Its a little ghetto but I can deal temporarily and let the professionals take care of it. If I screw it up its going to be a long wait until October when they can get someone out there. I guess they don't have enough installers that can work on the new dishes b/c they said its going to take a month to get the HR20 installed.
    Thanks again to all who replied.
     
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