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Mutliswitch

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by squirrelchaser, Feb 20, 2006.

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  1. squirrelchaser

    squirrelchaser New Member

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    Long time watcher, first time poster. Just bought a home (NY)and I'm looking to do some type of home integration with all my wiring running to a central panel. I cuurently have the oval 3 LNB dish with one coax line going to each of 4 seperate rooms. I'm looking to run multiple lines to each room(not sure where the Tivo's are going yet)

    1. 2 lines to each of the 4 bedrooms= 8 total
    2. 2 lines to the family room and living room= 4 total
    3. I'd also like to have D* out by the pool area but I think I might do that by some sort wireless connection.

    I'll eventually be upgrading to the AT9 dish which from my understanding is only compatible with the Zinwell multiswitch. I've only been able to find a 6*8 switch from Zinwell. Seeing as how I'm going to need at least 12 lines, can I use 2 Zinwells to accomplish this? Also, is the Zinwell compatible with my current 3 LNB dish? Looking to do the wiring work before the AT9 install. TIA
     
  2. boba

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    Run all your wires to one point at least you will be prepared. The 6X8 is too new for a lot of experience, but other switches have been cascadable so hopefully the 6X8 will be.
     
  3. Earl Bonovich

    Earl Bonovich Lifetime Achiever

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    Yes, the Zinwell WB 6x8 multiswitch is compatible with your 3LNB.
    Yes, they are cascadable.. but they are passive, so you need to make sure that they get enough power from your boxes (aka... avoid long runs)
     
  4. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

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    If you are running new coax, consider RG6 with solid copper center. That is what DirecTV is specifying for the AT9 dish and MEPG4 signals.

    You will need at least 4 runs from the dish to your central location. I would recommend at least 5, if not 6. Better yet, put in a conduit that you can pull coax through. That makes future upgrades easy.

    You can't diplex over the air with the AT9 dish and WB68 multiswtich. If you think you will want OTA in addition at any location, then run a third RG6 to those locations.

    Also recommended would be a regular phone jack, and a data Cat5e or Cat6 line to each location.

    Also, you don't need to connect every line to every bedroom or other location to a multiswitch, only those that will be live at any given time. That's the beauty of running everything to a central point - you cross connect what is needed when it is needed. That way, you may not need 12 outputs, and can use just a single multiswitch.

    Carl
     
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