Stumped with what should be easy install

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by J Blow, Aug 14, 2017.

  1. J Blow

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    There was only a single wire coming into the house (so no old WB68) and the house is about 10 years old so single wire as been around the whole time.

    Even if all 8 did run from the TV area back to the distribution area, I still have no concept of what you could do with 8 separate lines - especially installed in the SWM era. Thinking back to the labeling is even more ponderous - HR1 through HR4 for one bundle and then Attic1 through Attic4 for the other. Makes me think that the installed a setup so you could use either the entertainment center area or the panel in the closet as a distribution area. You could accomplish this by using a barrel connector between the 8 coming in to the panel and the 8 coming out. I guess you could then split the signal from under the TV to the wall jacks in each room...but why?

    I keep on thinking I'm missing something here but now that I think of it, I don't think all 8 of the RG6 cables in the living room come out at the panel. That would be something like 16 wires in total and I don't think there are that many. There are 6 wires that feed the jacks around the house, 1 coming in from side of house where DTV used to be, 1 coming in from house where dish is now and then maybe a couple more - not 8 more. I'll have to tone these all out to see just how many of those 8 under the TV come back to the panel. If not all 8...boom...another mystery. So weird.
     
  2. inkahauts

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    I really think they had some sort of distribution system setup so they could use one DVR and one DVD player and such to drive multiple tvs around the house.
     
  3. J Blow

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    I thought about that but can you utilize RG6 in the same way you could HDMI, cat5, etc?
     
  4. inkahauts

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    Sure. Especially if it was installed close to 10 years ago. Could have easily done a system with all coax...
     
  5. J Blow

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    Is there a way to utilize coax between Directv units like you can with HDMI or RCA cables? I could see using an hdmi switch but I'm unsure how you can do many of the same things with coax that you can with car or other cables.
     
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    RG 6 would give you SD, HDMI would give you HD. Other than that both can carry audio and video signals to your monitors.
     
  7. J Blow

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    So, while I am not saying it wouldn't have been done for TV, even 10 years ago you'd think most of the population would have the sense not to run RG6 for tv...but it only takes 1.
     
  8. inkahauts

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    Don't underestimate the idea people figured they'd just run sd to all their tvs around the house...
     
  9. J Blow

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    Ya. No.
     
  10. J Blow

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    I had a little more time to tone these cables out. Here's how the whole system sits:

    There's a single wire coming into the house near the dish that runs to the distribution panel (not counting another cable just lazily drilled through the wall from outside the panel into it as well). From that panel there are 5 cables running to various locations around the house - all to wall plates. There are 4 more cables in the distribution panel that run from the panel to the living room entertainment center. For whatever reason there are 2 black and 2 white with the label HR1 through HR4. In that same entertainment center there are 4 more running out (again 2 black and 2 white RG6s) labeled Attic1 through Attic4. Those 4 do not run to the box and I assume they come out in the crawl space. I did find the bundle up there but it was amongst a ton of blow in insulation so I didn't verify that...pretty sure though.

    So, I'm still not exactly sure what the 8 extra at entertainment center are for but it does let you distribute a variety of signals around the house via a series of connections. It's quite redundant with an oddity being there's still only a single wire coming from the outside. That sorta kills the thought that it was done to avoid pulling cables there be a future problem.

    But anyway, ON TO THE NEXT PROBLEM! In the middle of everything working properly a 775 error comes up. I'll start testing cable continuity (thus connectors) and move on to the PI and LNB if that all checks out. Should be one of those things.
     
  11. inkahauts

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    Ok one more thought on those extra cables... maybe they ran a security camera system...
     
  12. J Blow

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    Pretty good guess at it. I could see where they might have thought this would be a good start to that system down the road.
     

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