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Pre-wire Assistance Needed

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by ciredrallop, Sep 19, 2013.

  1. ciredrallop

    ciredrallop New Member

    Sep 19, 2013
    If there is a thread spelling this out then please point me to it because I can't find it. I'm sure it is here somewhere though.

    We're planning a new home and will be doing the electrical rough-in soon. We are planning for the Genie in the main room with 'future proof' planning allowing for a mini in the home theater and three other bedrooms. This will give us 5 locations total, although realistically only 2-3 will ever be used.

    I know with the current DirecTV setup that each receiver requires a coaxial, at minimum, and cat5/6 connection to share lists. Is this still the case for not just the Genie, but also each mini? Or does each mini just require coaxial connections along with an electrical outlet?

    Does the remote operate by sending the signal through the mini and connected coaxial?

    For our home theater room, does the mini allow a connection to an IR extender?
  2. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    The Genie Minis are coax (exclusively) and wall warts. They handle the remote control relay.

    Except for the Genie location, Ethernet is not required but I'd run it to every room (and more than once in large rooms) anyway. A single coax to every possible STB location should be sufficient unless you feel you need to feed the TV or FM tuner with an antenna in which case you MUST add a separate coax.
  3. Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...

    Because plans and technologies have a habit of changing.
  4. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

    Jan 10, 2008
    No need, the Genie and mini Genies comes with RF remotes, unless of course you want o use your own universal remote
  5. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    A network of conduits doesn't seem practical in a residential environment. I've worked in an attic that had a central vacuum cleaner system and it wasn't any fun at all to dance around all the PVC pipes.

    I always wanted a air tube system like Costco or Boeing uses for their documents, but it doesn't seem to be economically feasible (although the way modern software burns through paper, it may be getting there).
  6. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    If your building from scratch, Id have two coax at a minimum to every room where a tv might go, and a cat 6 to every one of those places plus anywhere you might put a computer. If you are crazy like me, make it three or four coax to any main location, like a home theater room, and at least two cat6 lines for the main room as well. You can never over wire IMHO.

    And conduit to the main tv location can never hurt either. A bit tuff to do it to every room, but to the main theater room, easy enough sometimes...
  7. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    Solid copper center conductor RG6 coax to every possible TV location. In a large room where you might rearrange in the future, I would run two, one each to opposite walls.
    You will probably also want to run RG6 to wherever your internet service is going to end up being located if you will have cable internet.

    Also run a Cat5e or Cat6 ethernet cable to each room, probably to the same location you run the coax. Again, two on opposite walls to larger rooms.

    All of this needs to go back to a central location. From that central location, run at least TWO coax to the outside, one for cable and one for satellite. If there is ever a chance you might go over 8 satellite tuners, run FOUR coax to the outside for satellite. If you plan to use over-the-air reception (off air reception of local stations) in addition to satellite, run another coax for an OTA antenna.

    Considering that doing wiring is relatively cheap during construction and much more costly after finish work is done, I usually recommend doubling what I just said. Two coax to each TV location, at least five to the outside. In fact, conduit to the outside (big enough for five coax) is even better.
  8. dan4182

    dan4182 New Member

    Aug 19, 2013
    Kingwood, Texas
    Both Drucifer and Harsh made good points. If you can use conduits (the bigger, the better) and consolidate them into a "central run" that doesn't create a Christmas tree of conduits up in your attic or basement that is the best way to go. It's a lot easier to pull cable in the future that way.

    While the house is just framed in is the time to do this. Never, never nail or staple any cabling to studs/rafters!

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