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Connectivity? How to setup this configuration?
Posted 25 February 2006 - 01:00 PM
I recently upgraded my old Sat520 box to an HR10-250 and only Tuner1 is hooked up of course. What I'd like to do is:
Connect the 2nd tuner on the HR10-250, and
Eventually put the old Sat520 on a 2nd TV in the den (currently only OTA)
Do I need a different multiswitch? How do I get Sat C on both (well eventually all three) outputs? What parts do I need and how do I connect it all up properly? I'm happy to read up on the procedure myself if someone knows of a good link.
Thanks in advance!
Posted 25 February 2006 - 02:25 PM
Your dish should have 4 lines coming out of it. Run 2 to the HR10 and a third to your den and you should have 1 spare line. Not sure why you would need a multiswitch.
The 3LNB dish has a built in multiswitch so that all 3 SATs are available on all 4 outputs.
Posted 25 February 2006 - 02:53 PM
This dish may have two or three LNBs. The SAT-C LNB may have been installed after initial installation, connected with a SAT-C combiner to SAT-B as in the Gain Master dish. Typically, a 4x4 multiswitch is used to combine either SAT-A and SAT-B or SAT-A, SAT-B, and SAT-C. From the 4x4 switch, a 4xn or 5xn multiswitch can be used to distribute to n receivers.
My Sat-C LNB was in fact installed later and combined with Sat-B as described. However, I don't have a 4x4 multiswitch, it's clearly a 4x2, only 2 outputs. It's a Channel Master 6902IFD.
So apparently yes I will need a different multiswitch to connect both HR10-250 tuners AND my old Sat520 in another room. The question is - which one is the right one?
I was looking at the Zinwell SAM-6802 which looked promising until I read at solidsignal.com that it's not recommended with the older Phase II dishes and instead I should use a 4x8 powered multiswitch, though it wasn't clear if that was just due to a cable run length issue (which may not be a problem for me). But I *really* don't want to have to run AC up to my dish!
Posted 25 February 2006 - 04:14 PM
I used an Eagle Aspen S-4180-GX+ for my multiswitch. It is powered and I always recommend powered switches, just because. You don't want to place your switch out by the dish. Run the feeds from your dish to some place in your house and place the switch there. From that point you will run the 3 feeds to your receivers.
The power portion of the switch is low voltage and is fed through a coax cable. Plug the power converted into the wall and run a coax from the converter to the switch.
Now, again that was a few years back, but IIRC there is a trick to the placing of the feeds from the SAT to the switch. If you don't have the right feed going to the right input on the switch you will be missing one of the SATs on the output side. Hook the feeds up and bring the SAT signal meter up on your HR10. If you get all 3 SATs your correct. If you don't, try moving a couple of them around.
Anyone please correct me if I'm missing something here as my memory doesn't always work in these instances. But that's what I recall.
The LNB for SATC eventually died on my old dish and I ended up getting the newer Phase III integrated dish. Made life alot easier.
Posted 25 February 2006 - 04:29 PM
Posted 25 February 2006 - 10:00 PM
Sounds like you've got a good handle on it.