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Coax Cable Coupler causing issues?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by bullitt78, Oct 6, 2008.

  1. Oct 6, 2008 #1 of 28
    bullitt78

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    Hello,

    I just installed a new cable run for my second tuner to my HR-21 Reciever and I'm not able to pickup odd numbered transponders. The Cable that I ran is using a coupler in between the run as it was the only way to get a cable to the location of the HR-21. The cables running inbetween the connection are both RG6

    The Cables test out good and the connections on them are good, so is there any other way to connect the 2 cables to see if I can get the odd transponders.

    Current Setup is 5 LNB Dish, 8 Port Multiplex, Single HR-21.

    The Multiplex is connected to ground and Saw some where that it may cause problems so I'm going to test it without.

    Thanks for any feedback.
     
  2. Oct 6, 2008 #2 of 28
    curt8403

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    did you try something like this
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  3. Oct 6, 2008 #3 of 28
    bullitt78

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    Yea, just a standard coupler is what is there right now.
     
  4. Oct 6, 2008 #4 of 28
    curt8403

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    a standard barrel should not cause any signal loss
     
  5. Oct 7, 2008 #5 of 28
    HarleyDog

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    Yes, it CAN.

    A standard coaxial barrel connector is only rated to about 1.8GHz and with the new dish and receiver you need something rated to 3GHz. This applies to surge protectors as well.

    Look on your barrel connector at the plastic part which has the hole for the center conductor to fit into. It is probably white in color. On the 3GHZ models it will be BLUE.

    This should fix your problem
     
  6. Oct 7, 2008 #6 of 28
    Hotscot

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    Could the lack of 3GHz barrel connectors affect the signal in such a way to cause or exacerbate 771 errors?

    Just wondering if I should change them throughout as I have them to extend the cable also. In fact can you get 3Ghz wallplates too? I'll google that...yes, you can.
    Alan
     
  7. Oct 7, 2008 #7 of 28
    rudeney

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    Unless the barrel connector is defective, it should be just fine. 3GHZ barrel connectors are somewhat akin to “Monster Cable”. While they may certainly be tested to higher standards, those standards are neither required nor noticeable on practical applications.
     
  8. Oct 7, 2008 #8 of 28
    dshu82

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    And is the 771 only occuring on the one tuner with the spliced cable?
     
  9. Oct 7, 2008 #9 of 28
    Hotscot

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    It is, Tuner 2. I know I have a lot of diagnostic steps to take. Just gathering all the advice before I begin. Then trying to find time to do it.
    Mid 70's and low 80's on 99 c and 103 c
    I'll secure the connectors first then try to adjust the satellite dish.
     
  10. HarleyDog

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    Except that's what I had to do at my house. So you're wrong about this. My system worked fine until I upgraded to the 5 LNB dish and the new model DVR. I could not get all channels until install swapped out barrel connectors and removed surge protector. He had already replaced the grounding block on the exterior with the blue plastic centers. It has nothing to do with "Monster Cable", "Bose Speakers", or any other over-marketed hype. It has to do with the signal coming off of the LNB's being at a higher frequency.
     
  11. bullitt78

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    Well Awesome. I'll go and get one fo the newer couplers tonight and give that a test.

    Thanks for the insite on that one. :)
     
  12. jhillestad

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    Never had a barrel connector not work , no matter what type it was... heck, on one of my hd receiver I have the final run to it with an old barrel connector and rg-59 that was there from my old cable days that was put in back the the early 80's ... ( I was too lazy to rerun the coax to that room) and it works!

    No cable rot is a whole other matter.... I have had to clip of coax leads and re do them because of weather that turns the ends green..... I guess I should seal them...
     
  13. lwilli201

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    I had a brand new splitter not work because the little metal springs that clamp on the center conductor of the cable, were loose and did not make good contact with the wire. It was a bear to find because I had just split the dish inputs to a WB68 multiswitch and SWM8. That was 12 possible problem points on the splitters. To say the least it took a while to find the offending connection.
     
  14. curt8403

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    advice: never use a splitter on a Satellite line (it is ok on the out to TV part, but not the satellite line part)
     
  15. HarleyDog

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    Oh, by the way, some DirecTV installers are claiming that some of the B-Band converters (the little thing that attaches between your coax and the receiver's "F" connector) are either bad OR the "F" connector on the flying lead of the B-Band convertor is not good. So, try swapping B-Band converters between the two inputs and see if the problem moves to the other tuner. If so, replace the "F" connector on the B-Band converter. If still bad, have DirecTV send a new B-Band converter.
     
  16. joe diamond

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    Try swapping the BBCs AND the lines. If you canget tuner#2 to work the problem is the cable or fittings. If it will not work with the know good line the problem is tuner#2.

    Joe
     
  17. lwilli201

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    The splitter was defective and would not work with any application. Many on here have split the sat inputs the same way and it works well.
     
  18. Sleepercell

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    Again someone injecting there knowlegde without understanding the origanal statement. Splitters work with directv in certain locations only
     
  19. eandras

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    I agree with you and you will be getting a private message from him when he replies to this tread.
     
  20. sswheeler

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    He says 8 port multiplex. What type of multiplex is he using? If it is the wrong one, then he will lose the transponders because proper switching will not work.
     

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