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how many tv can you connect to 1 lnb

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by albertldee, Jul 13, 2013.

  1. albertldee

    albertldee New Member

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    i Have a friend that originally bought a directv basic box about 2 years ago and have someone install a dish on the 3story roof the roof is hard to access plus dont want to bother the land lord who live upstairs and he wanted to add another basic box to a 2nd tv is it possible to just put a splitter and add the second box we trying everything possible to avoid going on the roof again all he has is a single rg6 from the roof to the living room box in the basement
     
  2. Laxguy

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    No, that is not a good idea.
     
  3. jimmie57

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    Press and hold the Info button for 3 or 4 seconds.
    The system Info will come to the screen.
    Choose More Info and press select.
    Press Channel Down 1 time. The dish type is on that page.

    Mine says Dish Type: Slimline-3S ( SWM )

    What does yours say ?
     
  4. albertldee

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    mine say dish type round (18') i have 3 box 2 wire from lnb to splitter

    his say round type (18")
     
  5. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    You need a dedicated line from the dish/multiswitch
     
  6. albertldee

    albertldee New Member

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    so the line i have there now is not a dedicated line only difference i notice from outside is mine has 2 wire from lnb to a splitter
     
  7. CCarncross

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    If what you have written is all correct, you probably have an old 18" round dish with dual outputs. YOu need a dedicated run to each SD receiver, or 2 to each SD dvr. To increase the number of outputs you would need to add a multi-switch. They used to sell or still sell 2x4 or 3x4, or larger multiswitches meant to be used with your terribly outdated setup. The 2 outputs from the dish are connected to the appropriate multi-switch, then you run lines from that multi-switch to every location you want a directv receiver.
     
  8. albertldee

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    ok let me get this correct my friend have 1 line coming from the dish to the receiver all i need to do is removed that wire and add a 2x4 or 3x4 or multiswitches and then from there to each receiver is that correct
     
  9. HoTat2

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    No;

    In spite of the hassle unfortunately you're going have to get up to the dish and run an additional line from the LNB, through the support arm and down to the multi-switch (be careful not to move the dish). A multi-switch requires at least two inputs for both the even and odd transponder sets (18v and 13v respectively).

    NOTE: Given the age this setup sounds like, you may even have a single output 101 LNB on the dish. In that case you are going to have to purchase a duel output one. But don't worry they're very cheap nowadays.
     
  10. CCarncross

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    If your friend has a single output lnb, then his dish will need to be replaced or at least a dual output lnb will need to be installed before you can install a multiswitch. Why doesnt your friend just call and let Directv take care of it? Between the 2 of you neither seem like installation experts and that way it will done correctly. I see above where i confused your setup and your friends setup.
     
  11. albertldee

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    thanks now i understand i need to run a second wire for my friend if he has a dual lnb, strange my new installation was done a few days ago by directv and sound like you guys saying they gave me a old system
     
  12. peds48

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    if DirecTV did the installation say up to 8 years ago, then you have a dual LNB
     
  13. CCarncross

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    18" round dish is very rarely installed anymore, in fact I didnt think they were installed at all. My original insall back in 1997 was an 18" round dish. I thought today that even all Standard Def installs were done with the 3 or 5LNB Slimline. A single wire coming from the dish is common these days even with the brand new installs as the technology has changed and the new dishes only require a single wire in from the dish into an approved splitter, where as the old days a single wire in from the 18" dish many times meant you would need to change to a dual output LNB to use an approved multiswitch which is different than a splitter
     
  14. HoTat2

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    Oh, my apologies;

    I thought your friend had a separate older installation different from yours that you are trying to help upgrade for a second receiver.

    OK, here's the deal then, if DIRECTV recently installed this you need to call them back to run the additional line from the dish since for a standard 101 dish install the tech. is supposed to run two lines from the dish to an accessible ground block somewhere as indicated in the attached document above even if only one of the lines are to be used at the time.

    You may have to add the additional coax and multi-switch from the ground block to accommodate your friend's receiver or pay DIRECTV to do it for you. But the tech. should at least do the hard part of climbing up to the dish and running another line from dish to ground block for free since he should have done that to begin with.
     
  15. peds48

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    while that are not install as much as before, they are in fact still being install every day.
     
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    That's probably one of the drawbacks of operating in both the Ka and Ku bands;

    Can't have a "one shoe fits all" dish ODU which balances well between cost and aesthetics as there are likely many subs. who still prefer the small inconspicuous features of the old round 18" dish or the slightly larger 18" x 20" Phase III triple sat one as opposed to the much larger Slimline.

    Thus Dish Network has an advantage here with their moderate sized Dish 1000.x now used for all new installs whether SD or HD subs. and are able to phase out their popular Dish 500.

    Whereas DIRECTV still needs three dish varieties of the standard Phase I round, Phase III triple sat oval, and Slimline ODUs.

    Note: I'm not including International subs. where both services require separate dishes (though for DN they are smaller and only needed for two arc installs.
     
  17. CCarncross

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    Who are the luddites getting new installs of SD service? C'mon, this 2013! :righton: DO they really still install the Phase III? you would think if some install required either 110, or 119, they would install the 5LNB slim. At least that way you are down to 2 dishs and 2 reflector choices for the slimline, not counting the international installs.
     
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    I still carry Flat Line Splitters, RF Modulators, 18", 18x20, KA/KU(in all of its manifestations) international and Excede on my truck.

    All the switches.


    Life......sigh.
     
  19. peds48

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    well not everybody has it "made" But I agree, DirecTV should kill the other 2 dishes and go SWM every where.
     
  20. HoTat2

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    But will the loss to the aesthetic of having a really small unobtrusive dish which has been a major selling point of DBS service since its inception be a turn off to many potential customers by limiting the selection to only the much larger (comparatively speaking) Slimlines?
     

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