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How to install HR20; multiplexer, OTA antenna?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Dresden, Jan 5, 2007.

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  1. Dresden

    Dresden Cool Member

    Jan 5, 2007

    I am getting an HR20, and I will install it myself, but have some questions. My setup in this section currently consists of a dual LNB, no OTA antenna, a Spaun SMS 3803 NFI multiplexer (2 in, 8 out), and 6 DirecTV receivers, 2 being TiVo units.

    Would it be better for me to keep this old system isolated from the HR20 and HD dish? That seems like it would simplify things. Does the HD dish usually work in the same place an old dual LNB dish works? What multiplexer is recommended for HD?

  2. Strejcek

    Strejcek Icon

    Sep 27, 2006
    Well first off, welcome to the forum! :welcome_s

    As far as OTA goes, you will not be able to diplex OTA with the sat signal for the HR20, so don't even think about that solution. You will need to run a separate line for your OTA to the HR20, or you could split the OTA, one dedicated line for the HR20, and the other line could be diplexed for your older receivers.www.antennaweb.org will have more information on the best type of antenna you will need for your area. I use the antennas direct DB8 here at my home, and it works great.

    The only multiswitch that will work with the HR20 is the Zinwell WB68 6x8 multiswitch, at least as far as I know. Anyone feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. There is nothing wrong keeping your older receivers hooked up the way they are now if that system is working the way you want it to. They cannot access or use the new satellites the HR20 can access with a 5 LNB dish anyway.

    Hope this helps a little. Good luck with your installation.
  3. allent

    allent Cool Member

    Jan 3, 2005
    Well technically yes, but until they switch everything over you can do it now, it's just that it will eventually not work. So the best thing is to run a separate cable.

  4. texasbrit

    texasbrit Well-Known Member

    Aug 9, 2006
    Give us your zip code and you will get help on antenna selection....
  5. Dresden

    Dresden Cool Member

    Jan 5, 2007
    How about a Spaun WBS 41202 NF multiplexer? Is anyone running one of these?

  6. inourgrave

    inourgrave AllStar

    Jan 5, 2007
    Talking about self install, I have the OTA figured out. I currently have a single LNB dish, with one receiver (R15, so it has two inputs) and making the move to HD and will have the giant 5 LNB dish will I need anything else? Can I just hook up my two RG6 cables to the new dish and be ok?

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