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Wiring ?'s

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Zeos, Sep 5, 2006.

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  1. Zeos

    Zeos AllStar

    Aug 20, 2006
    I'm really trying not be an idiot here, but I've got a few questions regarding wiring for my upcomming install.....

    I'm getting 3 recievers. 1 Standard Box, 1 HR20, and 1 R15.

    Am I thinking this through right?

    I'll have 4 Lines comming from my 5lnb dish to a 'central' location for the zinwell, 2 lines going to each of the dvr's, and 1 going to the standard unit? (OTA is not an issue, as I get absolutely zero OTA stations anyway)

    I've got to open some walls/ceilings to get these run before the installer gets here, so I want to make sure I've got it right....
  2. captain_video

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    Nov 21, 2005
    Sounds right to me. You may want to consider running two lines to each location should you decide to upgrade to DVRs all around at a later date. It's also not a bad idea to run CAT-5 cable along with the coax if you ever decide to network the DVRs.
  3. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    You might also consider an extra run or pair of runs to what will be your "primary" tv location. That would allow you to add an additional receiver or dvr in the future. There are other possible uses for additional runs. For example, I have a UHF modulator on each of my (4) DirecTV DVR's and receivers (as well as several security cameras) and mix all of those modulated signals and re-distribute them to all of my tv's. That way I can watch any DVR (or camera) from any TV. In order to do this, I need two additional RG6 runs - one for the signal from the modulator to the mixing point, and one for the mixed signal back to the TV's antenna/cable input.

    The point is, no matter how much wire you decide to put in, a corollary to Murphy's Law is the day after you close up the walls you will find a need for more.

    And I fully agree with the comment about a Cat5e or Cat6, as well as a phone line, to each location.

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