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It shouldn't matter. I'm assuming you have at least a Triple LNB dish. Just plug the four outputs from the dish to the 4 inputs of the multi-switch.

If your switch is going to exposed to any type weather, then definetly leave the unused outputs capped. It's probably a good idea regardless. It won't hurt anything.
 

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I have an old directv dish that does not have the builtin switch. Its just the 3 separate LNBs. So can I just plug any of the wires into the switch?

Is this the standard 4x8 switch, or is this one older? I didn't realize the current ones were powered, but this isn't a problem as long as it works.
 

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When you say 3 seperate LNB's, I would still imagine it's your standard Phase III dish or Triple LNB. It commonly goes by both.

It does appear to be an older multi switch. It does not have the MHz range you need to receive HD locals from D* over satellite. You can get the premium HD channels (HBO, ESPN/2, TNT, etc., but not the HD locals. You would need the new AT9 or new Slimeline 5-LNB to get MPEG4 and HD locals and the WB68 Multiswitch By Zinwell. I think Spaun makes a MPEG4 compatiable multiswitch as well.
 

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I had one of those older style dishes way back when (added the SAT C kit to it) and I believe there was a specific way the feeds from the dish need to be attached to the switch. But that may have been an older switch also. If you hook it up and are missing some SATs or transponders try slipping them around. I can't remember exactly what I did but I did some guessing until I got all signals up & running.
 

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I had one of those older style dishes way back when (added the SAT C kit to it) and I believe there was a specific way the feeds from the dish need to be attached to the switch. But that may have been an older switch also. If you hook it up and are missing some SATs or transponders try slipping them around. I can't remember exactly what I did but I did some guessing until I got all signals up & running.
Hmmmm....Interesting. I've only had to deal w/ maybe 2-3 multis swtiches over the years and I don't recall having to do anything special other than making sure I connected cable to the inputs of the switch and not the outputs.

Not questioning you by any means. Maybe it is brand specific. I never delt w/ the SAT C kit either, maybe that's the difference.
 

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This was back in maybe 1999 I think. A few houses and 1 state ago. It did have something to do with adding the SAT C kit. IIRC the dish still had 4 feeds coming out of it but no switch. Didn't the original dual LNB dish (capable of the SAT C kit) have 3 feeds coming out of that? I'm thinking the SAT C kit added the 4th.

When I first installed the kit it was for a TS-160 HD receiver and I also installed an Aspen Eagle 4x8 multiswitch. I don't remember what wasn't working, either not seeing SATs or not seeing transponders. It did take a bit of round robin changes on the 4 feeds from the SAT (Dish was 40 ft away on the roof, I was working in the attic) before everything started working.

Personally I'd get a Phase III dish from eBay or somewhere and just avoid the problem all together.
 
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