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multiswitch cascading options

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Dr.Corvette, Aug 13, 2006.

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  1. Dr.Corvette

    Dr.Corvette New Member

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    Hello all, I am new to this forum. I did a quick search on multiswitches but didn't find the info I needed. Here's my question. I have Directv and am using the oval dish with 3 lnbs with the built in multiswitch. I also have a Zinwell SAM 4803 4x8 multiswitch. Problem is I have 1 more TV to hook up. Is there any multiswitch I could casacade from the SAM 4803? Are there any other ways I can add more lines without buying a new multiswitch? The cheapest I found was a Bestway 5x12 for 219.00.
    Thanks for any help
     
  2. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

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    You can cascade one multiswitch from another, assuming the switches themselves are cascadable (I don't know about the specific ones you reference). Take 4 outputs from the first multiswitch and feed them into the inputs of the second multiswitch. You will now have 4 outputs available on the first, and 8 outputs available on the second.

    The only other way would be to install a second dish and feed the other receiver from that. That might actually be more cost effective than another multiswitch, maybe not.

    Carl
     
  3. Cap'n Preshoot

    Cap'n Preshoot Godfather

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    You can also obtain 4 special 2050 Mhz two-way splitters, power-passing one leg only and drive the inputs of 2 separate multiswitches.

    However, since the first multiswitch is built-into the dish, simply get yourself a new 5 x 8 multiswitch (5 in 8 out) and drive the 4 sat inputs off the existing 4 coax cables coming in from the dish. Input #5 is for an OTA antenna if you have one.

    That will give you a grand total of 8 outputs.
    The 5X 8 multiswitch (Eagle/Aspen, Zinwell, Terk, etc) all require 18 volts power.
    I recommend using an amplified 8 port multiswitch because without amplification your signal loss across the multiswitch will be around 10 dB or greater per port.
     
  4. Dr.Corvette

    Dr.Corvette New Member

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    I tried cascading an old non powered 2x4 multiswitch from the Zinwell 4803. The receivers hooked up to the 2x4 switch could only see even number transponders. What I was hoping to see was that if someone had successfully cascaded from a Zinwell 4803.
    I have a spare dish and might just have to install it. I was hoping to avoid this. :mad:
     
  5. morgantown

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    Try switching the receivers to single LNB in the guided setup on the non-powered switch. That should fix it (unless you are trying to watch HD or anything on the non-101 stats, of course).
     
  6. Dr.Corvette

    Dr.Corvette New Member

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    I had 2 older receivers[Sony A50 and B50] on the non powered switch. These receivers have no guided set up. I think they can only see the 101 Sat anyway.
     
  7. Vin

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    I'm cascading a Zinwell 4803 into a non-powered 2x4 MS.....as long as you've connected two cables from the Zinwell to the 2x4 it should work fine (for receiving sat 101 only as already mentioned). You may have a bad connection or a faulty multiswitch.
     
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