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New Home Install Question

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by BunLengthHotDog, Jul 2, 2006.

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  1. BunLengthHotDog

    BunLengthHotDog New Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    Have a quick question.

    I am building a new home and marked throughout the house where we wanted COAX outlets, and how many lines we needed at each outlet. We have outlets in the following rooms :

    2 runs in 1 outlet in Master Bedroom
    2 runs in 1 outlet in Family Room (upstairs)
    1 run of coax in each extra bedroom upstairs (2)
    1 run of coax in extra bedroom downstairs
    1 run of coax in family room downstairs.

    So we have 8 runs of RG6 overall

    Here is my question :

    The installer ran all the lines upstairs (its a split level) through the attic, and the lines downstairs through the subflooring and in the walls.

    An odd thing I noticed was that there were only 3 lines going to the exterior of the home. He had run the 2 lines downstairs out to the exterior, as well as a 3rd, which in turn runs into the attic where the upstairs runs are collected. So instead of running 8 lines outside to the box on the side of the house, He looks to be doing a homerun on the 2 downstairs runs, and then using the 3rd line to split off to the 6 lines in the attic.

    Will this work with DBS...would I need 2 multiswitches here. Excuse my ignorance, but I have only dealt with 3 lines in my previous home, 1 to each bedroom. I was under the impression that each run needed a homerun to the dish / multiswitch.

    Here is a REAL rough sketch of what he is doing. The box on the left is the outside junction, the ? ? is the unknown issue in the attic where the 3rd line looks to be splitting into 6 lines.

    EDIT: Cannot post link, copy this to browser :


    Thanks for any help
  2. adam1115

    adam1115 Godfather

    Dec 16, 2003
    You will need a 4x8 switch, so all of these runs should run to where the switch will go. (The switch will need power..).

    Then you will need 4 runs from the dish to the switch.

    Also, if your ever going to do HD, run coax for an off air antenna... I'd also run a phone line to each receiver.
  3. BunLengthHotDog

    BunLengthHotDog New Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    So without having 4 lines run to the 4x8, this can't be done?
    Looks like they are setting this up for regular cable TV instead of DTV or Dish

    Here is the link to the drawing

  4. TigersFanJJ

    TigersFanJJ Hall Of Fame

    Feb 17, 2006
    Yes, they are setting it up for cable instead of satellite. You really, really need all eight lines to be ran outside together. And as Adam said, it would help to have an extra RG6 line ran for the multiswitch power.
  5. Wolffpack

    Wolffpack Banned User

    Jul 29, 2003
    What TigersFan says. In our house we had them install a wiring box (something like this). Every outlet throughout the house runs to this box. Two RG6 runs to most places and one CAT5 to each room for phone or ethernet.

    There are also five RG6 runs out to the SAT mounting spot on the side of the house, three RG6 runs out to the cable box location and two CAT5 runs to the phone box location all terminating in the wiring box described above. The setup you've outlined will not work for SAT as each receiver/tuner needs it's own path back to the dish/multiswitch setup.
  6. boba

    boba Hall Of Fame

    May 23, 2003
    I would also suggest running 2 coaxs to every box and a cat 5 to each box. While the walls are open it is easy, once the sheetrock goes up it becomes more expensive. Five years from now it will be even more expensive to get into the walls for updates.
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