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video wiring and satellite signal amplification
Posted 11 August 2008 - 02:47 PM
The idea was that I would eventually get around to getting a satellite system and could distribute it all from one central spot, and any changes in the function of a given room could be made without too much effort. The RG6 was Belkin, whatever the type was that was sweep tested for HDTV signals. This Christmas my present to myself and the wife will be a nice HDTV and a dish. Whether it's DirecTV or Dish, I haven't yet decided.
The only acceptable spot for the satellite dish is about 130 feet from the closet, and then some of the runs through the house would add as much as another 30 to 50 feet to the receiver.
Question: can I put in a distribution amplifier (such as a Spaun) in this closet to boost the signal and to select where the signal goes? I asked this of the local Dish Network installer, and he said absolutely not, that it wouldn't work. He could hook up the lead-in cables with barrel connectors, but no amplifier could be in the signal path.
Further question: can such an amplifier/multiswitch be used with DirecTV? If it can, and the Dish guy was correct, that might make my decision for me and I'd go with DirecTV. On the other hand, if the Dish guy was incorrect, maybe I oughta find another Dish guy...
Any and all advice is appreciated.
Posted 12 August 2008 - 02:13 PM
P.S. - Your RG-6 is probably made by Belden, not Belkin.
Posted 13 August 2008 - 07:39 AM
Thanks for the tip; I'll go snoop around the DirecTV forums.