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How many Tv's can one dish run
Posted 13 May 2009 - 12:03 PM
I know this may be a silly question, but I keep getting different answers. I have a house that will have 12 TV's thus 12 Satellite boxes - either HD or HD DVR. I have had one person tell me that one dish can run all of the TV's and another tell me that one dish can only run up to 8 TV's. So my Question is:
How many TV's and one Direct TV Dish run?
Thank you for your help.
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Posted 13 May 2009 - 12:42 PM
Quick answer is "virtually unlimited"
MDU's with correct equipment can run thousands.
Confusion comes because a lot of residential installs now use a SWM-LNB.
There is a maximum tuner usage of 8 with that specific setup.
You would need a regular LNB with a WB616 multiswitch which would allow 16 tuners. If you outgrew that cascading WB68's or using splitters with parallel wb68,wb616 or SWM-8 units are options.
MFH-2 System : 2 Major Viewing Areas. 2 x HR20-700's & H21 in each area via E2/SWM-8. Hardwire gigabit switch to 30 mb/sec internet.
Posted 13 May 2009 - 01:14 PM
What the person that told you 8 may be thinking about is that once you get to 8-9 boxes or so DirecTV may audit you to ensure you're not actually running a bar or something. Probably rare but it does happen.
But technically no, there is no limit.
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Posted 21 May 2009 - 07:54 AM
I am in the process of a major infrastructure overhaul and will be replacing my two beloved DirecTivos with HR2x units and an H2x. The H2x will drive a new HD tv in one room only and still serve video from the others via the distribution amp. (SD mono) I have two other HDTVs that will finally come online in HD with the upgrade, after some shopping at monoprice and wall fishing.
I have tried to keep my equipment located remotely in the basement to reduce clutter, keep it cool, and prevent theft (burglery at my old house...old habits).
I use ChannelPlus equipment, but I think they changed their name. You can find baluns now to distribute HD video over a single CAT5, makes new wire runs easier and cheaper than HDMI in some cases. Pull two cables, one for audio and one for video and you're done. Use the outputs on your receivers creatively, that's what they're there for...go RF with your remotes to reduce equipment costs and really think about how many different channels your family NEEDS to watch simultaneously, then reduce the number of boxes accordingly and wire them to tvs that are nearby...pair 'em up, triple 'em up, better yet NETWORK THEM (if you know what I mean).
I almost forgot to mention that my OTA is fed into my HR20 and back into the grid for those times when I get a little rain fade...
Posted 17 July 2009 - 08:05 PM
And what was done?