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Multiswitch

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by jponte55, Jun 5, 2009.

  1. Jun 5, 2009 #1 of 11
    jponte55

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    Hi Guys, I currently have two HR series receivers installed in my home. I wanted to add an R15 to my setup that I had laying around but need two more tuners in order to accomplish. I have the a 5lnb dish (not the slimline I think its the AT9?). So I assume I need some sort of multiswitch to accomplish this. I really cant see myself needing more than 6 total tuners so is there a multiswitch that would be optimal for me? I do not have SWM installed either and was told by D* that this was reserved for new installs only. Also, is there a B&M that I could pick this up at? I searched Walmart and Bestbuy but couldn't find anything. Thanks in advance.

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  2. Jun 5, 2009 #2 of 11
    miketorse

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    The only multiswitch that will work for you (with HD signals) is the Zinwell WB68 multiswitch. I don't believe any B&M store carries it, it's really a too specialized piece of equipment.
     
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    jponte55

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    Mike, thanks for the quick reply. One more quick question: Should I ask D* to supply this for me or is this something people generally get on their own. All my equipment is leased.
     
  4. Jun 5, 2009 #4 of 11
    miketorse

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    Well, if they come to install the R15, the installer will supply it for you. DirecTV doesn't ship things like that though. So if you plan to do DIY, I think you are stuck buying it yourself. You can always call DirecTV to install the R15 for you, but they'll end up charging you.
     
  5. Jun 5, 2009 #5 of 11
    jponte55

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    Thanks again. They don't look too expensive ($50 or so from solid signal?), and I assume they're not that hard to install.
     
  6. Jun 5, 2009 #6 of 11
    Tom Robertson

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    Historically, (ie before my being a moderator with contacts) I've been able to ask DIRECTV CSRs for free installs which include the necessary equipment of switches and splitters (between dish and switches in my case.) But all my installs were of new equipment and before some cost savings measures have been implemented.

    My suggestion is to ask. They might suggest several possibilities including a new DVR for a great price that includes free installation, free installation for your existing reciever, or perhaps discounts toward reimbusering you for buying (and installing) a WB68 yourself.

    Good luck!
    Tom
     
  7. Jun 5, 2009 #7 of 11
    miketorse

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    All four outputs from the dish into the 4 left inputs of the multiswitch (just don't use the inputs labeled "flexports"), then all your receivers attached to the outputs of the mulitswitch. That simple really. Good luck!
     
  8. Jun 5, 2009 #8 of 11
    jponte55

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    Thanks Tom and Mike. I'll give D* a shot before I buy the switch.

    Oh and btw, I just wanted to say what a great website you have here. I've found so much useful info on dbstalk since I got D* in 2005. I remember when D10 went up, I was refreshing the new sat thread every 5 minutes waiting for news of the new HD channels! What an exciting time that was. It seemed like we went from 12 HD channels to 50 overnight.
     
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    Well I got WB68... thanks again for the help. I was wondering if I can leave this outside. I have 4 RG-6 cables coming off the dish now. I have a ground mounted dish next to my house but the cables coming off the dish end outside. The directions say to keep this out of weather. Is this just a precaution, have others found ways to protect the device from the elements? Thanks in advance..
     
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    I believe if you keep it out of the weather, it should be okay outside. You realize that by having it outside you'll need to run the additional lines from the switch into the house. I'd put the switch inside where the four lines enter the house and then distribute to your receivers from there.
     
  11. Tom Robertson

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    The big trick is to keep water from entering the connectors. If you can keep them sealed (silicone sealers made for this work great), then the WB68 can work outside.

    Cheers,
    Tom
     

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