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connecting different rooms off of 2lnb RCA dish

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by minnhawk, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. Jan 4, 2010 #1 of 10
    minnhawk

    minnhawk Cool Member

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    Again, thanks to all for advice on my original question concerning setting up DTV at the place up north with an 18" round dish. It works fine.

    Next question: I have an extra receiver given to me by the guy who came out and helped. (I have not yet called DTV about the serial number or the card) When we wired the house, there are seven different rooms connected by RG6 cable to the junction box in the utility room. I have two feeds from the dish. I would like to joint all seven together (or three and four) and just move the receivers around the house when I want to view in one of the locations. Right now I am limited to two places -- if I want to change locations, I have to go down to the junction box and change one of the two inputs from the satellite to a different cable. Is there a fairly simple way to avoid having to physically change the connections in the junction box? I was told on this forum that splitters are a "no no" with the 18" dish and a d-12 receiver. Any ideas? Sure enjoyed that Vikings game - sorry Giants fans for that one.
     
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    PokerJoker

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    Yes, it's called a multiswitch, in your case, a 3x8 will do. The two cables from the dish (actually there should be a grounding block en route) go into the multiswitch SAT inputs. The switch has 8 outputs that you can hook to your feed lines. Make sure that each room feed goes directly to its outlet, no splitters anywhere.

    If you can't find a 3x8 then a 5x8 will also work. Just make sure it's a Directv type switch and not something else. They're fairly inexpensive, you might even find someone that will give you an old one since they're obsolete now.

    Keith
     
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    minnhawk

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    Wow! Now that's what I call really good and quick help! Thanks to you both for the info. Headed for -25 below again tonight, hopes the car starts again tomorrow. (plugged in the block heater again)
     
  5. minnhawk

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    Multiswitch installed and works great. I'll be back when I attempt to have DTV out in the shop (about 100 feet away)..any wireless solutions at this point?
     
  6. BattleZone

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    No such thing as a wireless solution.
     
  7. boba

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    Sure there is but in many cases it isn't a solution. There are video senders that transmit the output of the satellite receiver to a receiving unit and that plugs into your TV. Many won't have the range you want or are prone to interference.:)
     
  8. Go Beavs

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    An 18" dish is only about $30. Just install at your shop and enjoy.
     
  9. 2dogz

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    Yeah, Directv is a wireless solution. They don't care if you add an extra dish on an outbuilding as long as it's the same address.
     
  10. BattleZone

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    Let me clarify: no such thing as a wireless solution between the receiver and the dish.
     

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