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Can one dish handle 5 receivers?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by bpob, Dec 27, 2008.

  1. bpob

    bpob Cool Member

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    I currently have a 5 lnb dish in which an HR 20 is hooked up along with 2 SD receivers. D* is coming out on Monday to install a second HR20 to replace a SD receiver and place 2 more SD receivers so I will have a total of 5 receivers (2 HD and 3 SD). Can the one dish handle all 5 or will I have to add a second dish? I have heard of a multi-switch (just don't know if I have one). If I don't have a multi-switch, will the installer have one on the truck?

    Would a multi-switch been installed when I first got HD?
     
  2. Tom Robertson

    Tom Robertson Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

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    One dish can easily support 32 receivers or 16 DVRs without blinking. I know--I've got 12 receivers hooked to one dish right now. :)

    If you really want to grow, you can get amplifiers that will allow one dish to handle roughly an unlimited number of receivers. :)

    Yes, to get beyond 4 tuners, the dish needs a switch which takes 4 lines and turns that into 8 or 16 tuners. (With a Single Wire Multiswitch, it might be just one cable out, but 8 tuners are supported.)

    I have my dish lines each going to a 4 way splitter. Then each of the 4 lines goes to a switch, giving me 32 tuners. (Two are SWM, two are 6x8 switches.)

    Have fun!
    Tom
     
  3. reber1b

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    Tom, do you have a diagram of your setup that you could post? Because of older, existing setups, I now have a sort of kluge of cable routings. I have 3 cables leading from my Slimline dish to two HR20's in my family room. They are routed along the eaves and down the outside of the house.The fourth cable comes through the attic, and was part of an old, SD setup. There is a fifth cable routed through the attic, that was connected to an SD receiver in an upstairs office, and this is where I want to put an H21. I will then have a total of five tuners. The fifth cable is still connected to an SD receiver, and the other end of it is rolled up and taped to the base of the dish mounting. I am not clear on which multiswitch I need, and I don't know if multiswitches are weather proof. Last question -- have you ever experienced any signal degradation that could be attributed to the multiswitch?

    Thanks for any suggestions.
     
  4. bpob

    bpob Cool Member

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    Thanks, is the multi-switch part of a normal installation when one upgrades to HD? I'm curious if I even have one that was originally installed.

    If a don't, will the installer typically carry one?
     
  5. Greyshadow2007

    Greyshadow2007 Legend

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    Assuming you will need more than 4 lines (and you will) a multiswitch should be provided by the technician doing the upgrade automatically.

    If you needed fewer than four lines when you were originally installed, they likely didn't install a separate multiswitch as the one integrated into the dish would have been able to handle the connected receivers.
     
  6. RobertE

    RobertE DIRECTV A-Team

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    With the proper equipment, a single dish can in theory run a nearly unlimited number of receivers.
     
  7. Tom Robertson

    Tom Robertson Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

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    I'll work on one :)

    Is the line going into the attic anywhere near the 3 lines going under the eaves? If you've got a convenient place, in the attic or under the eaves, I'd put in a WB68 and run lines from the dish to there and connect the existing lines to the switch. Then you have spare ports to connect more tuners. :)

    BTW, I've usually been able to have DIRECTV do the work if I'm adding a receiver. (Or at least supply the parts. I usually do the work.) :)

    Good luck,
    Tom
     
  8. reber1b

    reber1b Legend

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    Tom thanks for the reply. The dish is mounted on the fascia of the eaves, and thus all cables are in close proximity at that point. If mounting the the multiswitch under the eaves wiould provide enough protection from the elements, then that would be the ideal place to install it.

    I am beginning to think that having D* do it is the way to go for a non-handyman like I am. If I can get the receiver (H21) from D* for not much more than $99, then I'll get it there plus the multiswitch and let them install it.

    Thanks again for the help.
     
  9. Tom Robertson

    Tom Robertson Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

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    Sounds like a great plan. (Or actually two: how to place it and how to get it done.) :)

    Happy Holidays!
    Tom
     

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