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First post - lurking for a while waiting for OTA to arrive...

I currently have a setup of 6 receivers from a 3LNB oval dish, including 2 HD units (H10 & HR10-250) - supplied thru a Terk 5X8 multiswitch. Additionally, I pass OTA HD from an outside antenna thru the multiswitch along the same single cable run to the receivers, using a Terk diplexer (BDS-P1) at the receiver. All has been well.

I decided to add the HR20 after OTA was activated, but no joy...

If I run my sat cable (after the diplexer), I got "0" signal strength on all satellites during setup. Running the combined signal directly into the HR20 (before the diplexer) gives signal on all staellites for tuner 2 (all transponders 90+). But, on tuner 2, signal is poor - 101 shows 60-70 on only odd or even transponders, 110 is in 40's, and 119 is 40's only 0n 22 & 24 (rest are 0). As a result, I receive "failed" messages for confirming setup on sat 101 & 119 - only 110 is "ok".

Rest of receivers in house still show signals 90+, including the same feed I am trying to add the HR20 to - resetting (several times) is no better.

I'm assuming this has something to do with the multiswitch/diplexer setup - I have no immmediate plans to go AT9/5LNB anytime soon.

Any help/suggestions would be appreciated!
 

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baeverly said:
I had the same problem. It is definitely your switch. DirecTV should replace this with the new Zinwell WB68 6X8 Multiswitch. Once I replaced my old switch with the new one the exact problems you describe were corrected! Call DirecTV and request that they install the new MS. They also installed the new Slimline dish for me as well. The installer technician said it was the MS not the dish that was causing my problem.
Multiswitch it is, then... :righton:

I'll give it a try - probably do it on my own since I'm not quite ready for a new dish setup yet.

Thanks!
 

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I got 6 receivers all together - not including the HR20.

The HR20 is being setup on a feed that I have already working with an H10 - that tuner works fine with the existing cables for both SAT and OTA. The HR20 is failing on 2 of 3 satellites, although the feeds work for all other receivers - poor signal on tuner 2 seems to be the issue with my setup.

So, could it be the multiswitch? The WB68 seems to be relatively cheap, so maybe I'll give it a try...

Any other thoughts?
 

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Sorry for the confusion - I tried to describe my setup in my original post as best I could.

Indeed, I realize the diplexer is not a splitter - it is being used to separate a single run from the multiswitch to the tuner, carrying both SAT and OTA from an outside antenna.

When I mentioned "tuner 2", I was referring to what I noticed in checking thru signal strength when setup failed - with all satellites, tuner 1 was consistantly 90+ (as it is fall all my other tuners), but tuner 2 strength is poor - that is why I thought the problem lies somewhere there.

I only have one SAT cable going into the HR20.
 

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I'm not really trying to use two tuners at this time - I can't get passed the initial setup - at the confirmation screen (before downloading the program guide), the HR20 reports that sat 101 and 110 "failed". And since I have excellent signal on tuner 1, I guessed the weak signal on tuner 2 was causing my failed setup.

So, if I don't need two tuners - and only have one feed - why do I get a signal strength at all on a second tuner, and my HR20 won't complete setup?
 
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