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Unsure what switch

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by bahlk, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. bahlk

    bahlk Cool Member

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    From the dish I have two cables going to a grounding block and from there two cables going to a multiswitch. All 4 outputs have lines going in the house. Two to the DVR in the den, one going to a bedroom and the other going to another bedroom. The wife wants another DVR in the bedroom so I know I have to run another line to the bedroom to add the DVR. What multi switch would work and is it just a matter of hooking the cables from the grounding block to the input and then hooking the output cables to the output or does it need programming? I'm still new to the rewiring and installation stuff and any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. GlennJ84

    GlennJ84 Mentor

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  3. GlennJ84

    GlennJ84 Mentor

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    I am assuming it is a Phase I dish, but not sure. So 2 cables to grounding block, then to 3x6 or 3x8, then all cables from switch to recievers. Badda bing badda boom all donesky. Then it's just a call to directv to get it up and running.
     
  4. bahlk

    bahlk Cool Member

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    Yea my dish looks just like the phase 1 at the link you provided. Do you know if the 3X6 or 3X8 switches need external power or are they powered by the receivers?
     
  5. mjtville

    mjtville AllStar

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    Sounds like you have an 18" dish setup with no HD ( "2 lines from dish to switch"). Dropping one receiver and adding a DVR? (5 tuners)

    Replace existing switch with a 3 in/8 out switch OR cascade another 3 in/4 out

    2 lines from dish >
    ground block >
    2 lines to switch #1 >
    2 lines from switch #1 to existing DVR >
    2 lines from switch #1 into switch #2 >
    1 line to existing BR receiver
    2 lines to new BR DVR
     
  6. bahlk

    bahlk Cool Member

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    Ok, thanks. I guess I have some work to do to get this installed by her birthday LOL. Thanks for the help
     
  7. mjtville

    mjtville AllStar

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    Never used or seen a 3 x 6. All of these could be used for your system ( or just another 3X4 as posted earlier).
    Perfect Vision has a 3 x 8 non powered that has an optional power supply for long cable runs. Zinwell has a 4 in / 8 out that uses a power supply. Perfect Vision also has a 5 in / 8 out that also uses a power supply.
     
  8. joe diamond

    joe diamond Hall Of Fame

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    Another way=

    Cascade the 3 x 4.
    Dish with 2 lines .......(#1) 3x4 at ground..........2 lines to service
    2 lines to 3 x 4 switch(#2)

    switch (#1) with 2 lines + switch #2 with 4 lines to service = 6 lines.

    This will not work for HD but is ok for your rig. It depends how your other house wire is run weather or not this will help you.

    Joe
     
  9. GlennJ84

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    Most are passive meaning powered by the reciever, however you can get a powered one also if you feel so inclined. Power is mostly for long runs of cable. (Over 100 Feet or over 75 feet of non- solid copper core RG-6 Coax.

    The powered obviously requires another co-ax to run the power to the power supply port on the switch.

    I Tend to recomend against cascading. It's cheap enough to get the right switch and just have ONE in your set-up. Cascading works, but it's kind of a kluge. Also makes for an uglier install and more fittings / cables necessary. Everytime you couple a co-ax you get a little loss in signal. Negligible, but it's there.
     

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