Splitter Question

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  1. Sully

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    My mother-in-law currently has a Genie and 1 client. There is a single wire leading from the dish into a 2-way splitter. From the splitter, one wire goes to the Genie and the other one to the client.

    She'd now like to add 1 additional client and would like to order through Amazon (since it's cheaper than ordering directly through DirecTV). My question is, can I purchase a 4-way splitter and use one of the additional outputs to go directly to the new client? Amazon also has DirecTV approved SWM splitters. She currently doesn't have a "power inserter". Would we need to add this too?
     
  2. samrs

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    A Directv 4 way green labeled splitter to replace the two way splitter would be the perfect solution.

    She has a power inserter, you just don't know where its at.
     
  3. Sully

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    OK. Perfect! Thanks so much for the reply.
     
  4. peds48

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    Make sure that the line feeding the power inserter connects to the red power passing port on the new 4 way splitter. This is the same coax currently connected to the power passing port on the 2 way


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  5. Sully

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    Hmmm. This is why I was asking. Currently there is only one line in (seemingly from the dish as it's coming from the outside) and two cables going out (one to the Genie and one to the client). There isn't a power pass through like I see on the 4-way splitters I see online.


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  6. peds48

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    can you post a pic of the splitter?

    is the splitter a green label DirecTV SWM splitter
     
  7. Sully

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    Yes, I'll try to get over there this week and take a picture. It is a green label splitter. She had DirecTV installed for the first time just about 1 year ago. She has an HR44 and 1 client.


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  8. HoTat2

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    And remember to buy 75 ohm terminating caps, to cap off the unused 4th output port when you make the switch to a 1 x 4 splitter.
     
  9. Bill Broderick

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    A Power Inserter has a coax pass-through. So, it doesn't need to be connected to its own unique port on a splitter.

    When viewing the splitter in a position where it can be read (input on top and outputs on bottom), the output on the left side is the power passing port. If you trace the cable from the dish to the splitter and the output on the power passing side to the receiver to which it is connected, you will find a power inserter located somewhere in that line. My guess is that it's right behind one of the receivers.
     
  10. dennisj00

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    If there's a splitter upstream to the PI, it DOES need to be connected to the power passing port.
     
  11. Bill Broderick

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    I didn't say that it doesn't need to be connected to the power passing port. I said that it doesn't need to be connected to its own unique port on the splitter, meaning that the power inserter can share that port with a receiver, by using the pass-through capability of the power inserter. The process that I gave him was to trace the line from the dish to the splitter and the from the power passing side of the splitter to the receiver.
     
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    No problem, just clarifying that any leg with a PI needs to be on the Power Passing port all the way to the LNB.
     
  13. peds48

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    No need to buy anything, 4 way comes with 3 terminators on board
     
  14. dennisj00

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    Y, I bought a box and now have 2 boxes!
     
  15. peds48

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    Well if you want to spend money "just because" then right on! but as far as the one being needed is included with the purchase
     
  16. dennisj00

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    No, for some reason (installer left it uncapped), I nneded to buy one - got twenty or so at HD. ( I shoulda stopped a D truck).
     
  17. peds48

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    And that is fine, but I was simply pointing out that splitters comes with terminators, no need to buy anything, buy a cup of coffee instead
     
  18. dennisj00

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    Unless your installer leaves them unterminated!!
     
  19. Sully

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    Picture of the 2-way splitter is attached. You're right, there is a power pass through. I'll be sure to connect the same cable to this port on the 4-way splitter. Thanks everyone!

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  20. peds48

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    But you keep missing the point, this is a DIY "project" no tech involved. the TS will be buying their own splitter along with its included terminators that come on board
     

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