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Question about wiring when moving

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by Arative, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. Arative

    Arative Cool Member

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    I'm moving in with my girlfriend who has a condo and its been years since I've have Directv installed. I have two HR-24 dvr's that I'll be bringing with me. She has existing coax cable for cable tv in the locations that I'll be putting my dvr's. I figure I'll upgrade to the whole home dvr if I can.

    Do I still need two coax lines run for each dvr? The living room won't be a problem. Its a straight drop to the basement but the upstairs room is where I think I'll run into problems. It looks like to me when they first built the condo that the coax cable instead of dropping from the room to the basement on an interior wall, goes up, through an attic space and down and exterior wall to the basement. Seems like it would be real tough to run coax again. So I was hoping just to use the existing coax in that room. Can that be done?
     
  2. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    There's a whole new cabling system that only involves a single cable. With the exception of possibly having to replace a splitter, you should be good to go.

    The bigger issue is mounting the dish and getting the single cable from the dish to the interior.
     
  3. Arative

    Arative Cool Member

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    Thanks for the quick reply. I should be good on mounting the dish, 2 of the 4 condo's, I guess townhome really, already have a dish. Perfect line of sight to the southern sky.
     
  4. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

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    Hopefully the coax that is there runs back to a common or central point. You want to run the coax from the dish to that common point. There, you will put in the power inserter for the SWM LNB (in the dish), and a splitter. Connect the coax that goes to the rooms to the outputs of the splitter.

    You won't be able to use the same coax for anything related to cable (tv or internet), so be sure to figure out everything you have and how it runs before disconnecting anything that you might want to keep.
     
  5. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    The distinction between condominium and townhouse is important. Most condos have Rules and Regulations that favor whatever carrier got to them first (usually cable TV).
     

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