Problem with Ideal 85-332 splitter

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  1. Apr 8, 2008 #1 of 27
    gmmorrell

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    My install looks like this (so far):
    dish --> 75 feet solid copper RG6 --> ideal splitter 85-332 --> power passing port --> 25 feet solid copper RG6 --> PI --> 10 feet copper clad steel RG6 --> ideal splitter 85-334 --> wires inside walls.

    When the underlined splitter is in place I get no signal (only searching for satellite).

    When I replace the splitter with a simple brass connector I get very strong signal strengths.


    Anyone know what is wrong? I thought many folks here are using the Ideal 85-332 and that it is 'recommended'.

    Should I use an alternate splitter?
     
  2. Apr 8, 2008 #2 of 27
    gmmorrell

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  3. Apr 8, 2008 #3 of 27
    Canis Lupus

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    Start around post 75 or so here:

    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=123326&page=2

    There's definitely been discussion about the Ideal's performance, or lack thereof, in some setups. I've had no probs with them, but others potentially have, and we're still working on it, so your info is important.

    That said, even though I'm using Ideal, I would not put them in the category of "recommended" ;)
     
  4. Apr 8, 2008 #4 of 27
    veryoldschool

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    Sharkie_Fan

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    I'm a little unclear on your setup... maybe I"m slow on the uptake - I don't know... why do you have that 2 way splitter before the power inserter? Do you have receivers running off that splitter?

    If you have receivers running on the non power passing leg of the splitter, do they receive any signal?

    Do you have the fancy tester that came with these? Do you get anything when you try to test the lines?

    And what receivers do you have that you're trying to hook up? I'm still tinkering with my setup to find out what causes problems and what doesn't, but I found that my R16 seems to be a little more sensitive to the signal levels than my HR20s. I have one drop which will work with an HR20 but not with an R16.
     
  6. Apr 8, 2008 #6 of 27
    veryoldschool

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    I have SWMLine--->2-way-->PI-->4-way.
    I need this to feed [1st] one room and [2nd] another. "works great" [it is ideal but has no Ideals :lol: ].
     
  7. Apr 8, 2008 #7 of 27
    gmmorrell

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    I don't have any connected to the non-power port yet but I plan to.
     
  8. Apr 8, 2008 #8 of 27
    Canis Lupus

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    I have SWMLine>PI>4-Way Ideal feeding three HRs with no probs. Go figure. Others haven't been able to get this work using Ideal unless they split before the PI. And others still can't get it to work consistently using Ideal.
     
  9. Apr 8, 2008 #9 of 27
    SFNSXguy

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    I'm one of those successfully using an Ideal (85-333) 1x3.

    SWMline > splitter > PI > HR20-700 (other HR20-700 hook up on one non-power-passing leg)

    I'd get a Skywalker 1 x 3 (with power passing on one leg) to try, but can't find one listed anywhere.
     
  10. Canis Lupus

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    I think in most cases it's been found to be just fine with an open port, so maybe a 4-way Skywalker?

    I have an open port on my Ideal 4-way, and no probs so far.
     
  11. houskamp

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    got a couple open ones in my setup.. no problems..
     
  12. SFNSXguy

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    Anyone know a Skywalker part number (1 x 3 or 1 x 4) -- one with power passing on just one leg?
     
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    Thnx guys.
     
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  17. veryoldschool

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    what's your tracking number?
    I had mine in two days and it was shipped via the cheapest method.
     
  18. gmmorrell

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    OK. Took your advice and ordered the Skywalker.

    I'll update in a few days once it arrives and I install it.

    Til then, my advice is don't buy the ideal splitter.
     
  19. MIAMI1683

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    I got them late last night. It appears since the Skywalker is diode " driven " that the power leg isn't marked. Baisically i can use any leg. Well tonight they will go in.
     
  20. veryoldschool

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    Steered/driven, they're almost fool proof. Connect the DC where you want and it only goes out where it should.
     

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