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Directv phase 3 dish wiring

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by buzzdalf, Jun 25, 2006.

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  1. buzzdalf

    buzzdalf Godfather

    Jan 27, 2003
    OK, So i installed my HR10-250 HD Tivo this week, but when I did it, I un-hooked the wiring to my secondary receiver (aka the kids receiver) because I currently only have 2 wires running from the dish to the receiver.
    The dish is way out at hte corner of my property, and running another wire from there would require about 250' of coax. I don't really want to have to do this.
    Can I add a 3x4 switch inline with just the 2 wires in from the dish. I have done this in the past to feed additonal receivers, but I'm not sure it really worked right and the switches I add seem to burn up or something. They quit working after a while. Is there a specific type of switch I should be using to attempt this?
  2. TigersFanJJ

    TigersFanJJ Hall Of Fame

    Feb 17, 2006
    Your switch needs to be "cascadable". I don't know if any of the 3X4 switches will work. But I do know that many of them won't work as I have had to remove several while upgrading customers to the phase 3 dish.
  3. Mike500

    Mike500 Hall Of Fame

    May 10, 2002
    You need four lines to the switch, and a 4x8 like the Zinwell SAM-4803
  4. jdspencer

    jdspencer Hall Of Fame

    Nov 7, 2003
    A 3x4 switch will work on the two lines from your dish. HOWEVER, you will only be able to get the 101 sat.

    Rant on.
    To all who have a triple LNB or 5LNB dish installed, make sure all possible lines are run regardless of need.
    Rant off
  5. buzzdalf

    buzzdalf Godfather

    Jan 27, 2003
    I can appreciate the rant. This run was opriginally done with as many lines as the antenna needed, 2 for a dual LNB dish.
    It wasn't until I replaced that with a phase 3 that the issue came up. At that point I tried to shortcut running 2 more wires so I can take my medicine.
    I went to lowes last night and bought 2 spools fo RG6. I will be running 2 more lines now (even though I only NEED 1 right now, hehe).
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