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Wiring for a new home in 2014

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by JohnTSmith, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. JohnTSmith

    JohnTSmith Legend

    Dec 5, 2009
    When I entered my title, the forum popped up several threads... the one from 2009 says do what I did when we built our current home 6+ years ago... run at least 2 RG6 from the wiring cabinet to each TV location (see the end)

    Call me old fashioned, but I still like the idea of a separate DVR at each TV... so a failure does not mean ALL recordings are lost, as would happen with an HR34 that does all the recording for the entire house

    Does anyone know if DTV will still install a multi-LNB dish, and a multiswitch such as the Zinwell 6x8, to allow each TV to have a separate DVR?

    Also, does anyone have a "favorite" brand/model/supplier for "structured" wiring with 2 RG6 and Cat5-or-6 in one bundle? (I can certainly do what I did for our current house, pull individual wires, but an all-in-one solution should take less time... and may even cost less)

    Thanks, John

    Discussion from 2009 http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=165868
  2. jdspencer

    jdspencer Hall Of Fame

    Nov 7, 2003
    Just install an AU9 slimline dish with the SWM LNB. This can feed up to 8 tuners (4 HR2x DVRs) at separate locations using a single coax to each. Then with Whole Home system you can access each DVR from any room.

    This thread may also be of interest.
  3. JohnTSmith

    JohnTSmith Legend

    Dec 5, 2009
    >AU9 ... SWM LNB. ... up to 8 tuners (4 HR2x DVRs)

    Hmm... this would work for US... but my wife has stated that she is designing for "someday" resale when we get old & feeble and need to move into a retirement center

    I am looking at FIVE locations for a TV connection... we would only use 3, but whoever eventually buys from us might want to use all 5

    So, that puts me back to the idea from the 2009 discussion link I posted

    At the very least, I think I need to run 4 RG6 (or 5 to have OTA antenna) from dish to wiring cabinet... and then 2 RG6 to each TV location

    I could have DTV install the AU9 slimline dish with the SWM LNB for us to use with 3 DVRs... with capability to install a different dish later, if needed
  4. BAHitman

    BAHitman Godfather

    Oct 23, 2007
    Austin Texas
    Whatever you decide. the key is to label everything so you or the person you sell to knows what goes where...

    What I would do if it were my house...

    1. run 4 RG6 cables from Sat DISH to wiring closet This will allow for SWM8 or SWM 16 as needed
    2. run 1 RG6 cable from OTA ANT (assuming attic mount antenna) to wiring closet
    3. run 2 RG6 cables from wiring closet to everywhere you think you might want a TV. and leave some slack for the placement of the wall plates. be sure to label your cables so you can keep them straight... I used different color tape, you could use white and black colored cable to seperate the OTA from the SAT cable.
    4. run CAT6 cables from wiring closet to everwhere you could possibly think you might want a network jack, again, labeling locatins is a plus... don't forget about putting ethernet into more places than just your TV locations...

    I ran conduit and pulled the wires for a fried of mine and added a string in case he needed something else pulled through... came in handy when his wife insisted on landline service... and he needed a phone jack in her office
  5. JohnTSmith

    JohnTSmith Legend

    Dec 5, 2009
    >Whatever you decide. the key is to label everything

    Yes... the 2RG6 + 2Cat5/6 wire sets I have discovered all have different colors for the pairs of RG6 and Cat5/6 wires, so knowing which is what will be easy

    Telephone only and/or Internet only to any other locations will (should... I haven't looked very much) be easy to identify by buying boxes of Cat5/6 with different color outsides... or Cat5 for telephone and Cat6 for Internet connections

    Running 5 RG6 from dish location to wiring closet (should be a fairly short distance) will be done with discrete RG6 lines that I will label as I pull through the wall/ceiling

    The idea of conduit with a string (or 2 or 3) for future proofing is a good one

    My wife's grandson is an electrician, who normally works on commercial buildings, but also has worked on houses, so the next time I see him I will also ask him for ideas
  6. waltmapb

    waltmapb Cool Member

    Jun 21, 2007
    Look at monoprice.com for cables. They have cat5 in 11 different colors and the best prices anywhere. I've used them for years.
  7. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    In some cases Amazon can be cheaper since there's no shipping. I usually check both.

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