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Only two cables to work with.

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by cabanaboy1977, Dec 9, 2006.

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  1. Dec 9, 2006 #1 of 10
    cabanaboy1977

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    At my condo my tenants have D* and want to get HD. Here's the issue, when I was living there I had to drill thru the patio door into the wood and drywall. I only ran two lines at the time because we only had a 2 LNB dish so I had a 2X4multiswitch inside going to two DVR's. Is there anything that I can do to get the 3LNB dish or the 5 LNB dish into the house with just two lines and split it inside? I assume the only option I would have would be to do stacking but I don't have a power source outside (it's on the 2nd story of the condo building they are really apts. that where turned into condo's and the build is brick. They also won't let you drill in it but since I own the patio door I can drill thru that.) I really don't want to drill thru the patio and wall again becuase it was such a pain in the ass. Just checking all my non-drilling options. They would like to run it two 3 DVR's, 1 HD DVR and 2 Non-HD DVR. If they can only get away with 2 then it would be 1 HD DVR and 1 NON HD DVR.
     
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    There really are not any suitable stacking/destacking solutions for the new 5-LNB HD dish, so your only option is to bite the bullet and drill for two more cables. Of course, if your tenants only have one DVR and only need two lines, then you can use the dish's built-in multiswitch and just connect your existing two cables. But with even two DVRs, you'll need four lines. Sorry.
     
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    that's what I thought. What about the old 3 LNB? I'm not sure if the balcony will support the 5 LNB. It is a steel balcony and the 2 LNB is mount ok but I know the 5 LNB is alot heavier.
     
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    There are devices that will transmit the RF signal through glass to avoid drilling any holes in the wall or the door like this one:

    http://www.skyvision.com/store/mi2000098.html

    Note that they will only work with single pane glass and not double pane (a.k.a. ThermoPane) windows or doors. You can also use a flat coax cable adapter to run the cable under a window or door like this:

    http://www.skyvision.com/store/mi2000060.html

    If you can mount the triple LNB dish in the existing location as your single dish then you can run four lines from the dish. It sounds like you may want to install some extra braces to help support the dish. There are braces available for the AT9 dish that should also work for the phase III dish, although the mast is a bit smaller in diameter.
     
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    Note that the through the glass device states "for single LNB systems only", which won't work with the 3 or 5 LNB dishes. Also, it will require some sort of power outside.

    Flat cable may be a solution, however the more you use the door/window it goest through, the more frequent will be your failure rates.

    Carl
     
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    Now that I think about it, there would be no way to transmit the switching voltages through the glass to the LNBs. I didn't read the part about it being for single LNB systems only, which would preclude its use with any of the DirecTV dishes. The flat cable would seem to be the only solution other than drilling holes in the wall or door/window frame.
     
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    Thanks for the ideas. I think the flat cable might be the way to go but I'm not sure if I have clearance for it. If not i might just have them wait till I replace the Glass sliding door and maybe I'll be able to run the wires between the frame of the door and the outside frame. If not I might try to find that stacker-destacker but I think that requires power outside too. Or when I warms up I might try drilling two more holes (I'm not looking forward to that).
     
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    Whenever Directv finally releases the Frequency Translation Module, it will work with only one cable and splitters.
     
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    The one I have requires power but I just hooked the power up inside the house where I have the destacker. Works like a charm, I think you only have to put the power outside if you're doing a long run with it my current run is a from one side of my house in the front to the other side in the back.
     
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