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Hello All,
We bought our house about a year ago, and when we moved in we only had DirectTV set us up with one receiver. What do I need in order to hook up a second receiver (or more at a later date)?

I'm getting ready to run/fish 2 lines each to a total of 4 locations (living area and 3 bedrooms), but only need to connect two receivers that are both DVR's.

We currently have 1 round (18"?) satellite dish with a dual LNB Transponder
1 R15-300
1 R22-100

I've heard of the SWM's, but can't shell out the $200-$300 for these yet...and would like to wait for the dish that has it integrated anyhow.

I've heard of multiplexers or diplexers or something that would care for this...but wasn't sure so I came here to ask those more knowledgeable in this area =D

Thanks in advance for any help!
 

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You need a 2x8 multi-switch to work with that dish. Run the two lines from the dish to the multi-switch and than you will have up to 8 outputs.

The SWM will not work with that dish and it will not work with your R15.
 

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Michael D'Angelo;1662733 said:
You need a 2x8 multi-switch to work with that dish. Run the two lines from the dish to the multi-switch and than you will have up to 8 outputs.

The SWM will not work with that dish and it will not work with your R15.
Thx for the info...do you know of a good place to pick up the multi switch?

I had also planned to replace the R15 if I picked up the dish with the integrated SWM...otherwise the regular SWM has legacy ports that I would connect to, correct?
 

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Multiswitches. More specifically one that can handle what you may be planning for future upgrades with. Keeping in mind each DVR takes 2 lines without a SWM, and if you plan on making the HD jump any time in the near future, the minimum you may want to get is a 6x8, which the installer will put in during the install. If you are looking at more DVRs than (hypothetically as it is all a 6x8 can handle) 4, there are larger ones in existence.
 

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MrMojoJojo said:
Multiswitches. More specifically one that can handle what you may be planning for future upgrades with. Keeping in mind each DVR takes 2 lines without a SWM, and if you plan on making the HD jump any time in the near future, the minimum you may want to get is a 6x8, which the installer will put in during the install. If you are looking at more DVRs than (hypothetically as it is all a 6x8 can handle) 4, there are larger ones in existence.
The WB68 6x8 will not work with the OP dish. That dish only has two outputs and the WB68 needs four lines connected to it.
 

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You would need a powered 4x8 multiswitch if you plan on adding any more dvr's. If you are running your own lines, run at least 2 to any location you may want a satellite receiver or dvr. If you think ota may be a possibility in any room run a third.
 

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Michael D'Angelo;1662733 said:
You need a 2x8 multi-switch to work with that dish. Run the two lines from the dish to the multi-switch and than you will have up to 8 outputs.

The SWM will not work with that dish and it will not work with your R15.
18" dish + a 3x4 multiswitch = 2 dvrs, right?........NO HD!

" " + 2 x 8.....................=4 spare lines

Joe
 

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joe diamond said:
18" dish + a 3x4 multiswitch = 2 dvrs, right?........NO HD!

" " + 2 x 8.....................=4 spare lines

Joe
Correct, but the OP said he has two DVR's now but he is wiring the house (four rooms) for two lines in each room. That is why I suggested the 2x8 so he will be ready when receivers are added to the other two rooms.
 

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CJTE said:
If you let DirecTV do it, they'll bring out a new dish and what-not, and do the cabling for you.
At $100 a pop (at least), and having lines run around the house and punched through the wall? No thanks!

Besides, I'm also taking this opportunity to run two lines of Cat5 to each location as well.

Pulling the cable isn't a problem for me...I just wanted to see what I needed to split the signal, and a good source to acquire it from
 

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just run all of your lines to the dish, bundle them up and call d* for the upgrade.
 

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Extreme2KEclipse said:
At $100 a pop (at least), and having lines run around the house and punched through the wall? No thanks!

Besides, I'm also taking this opportunity to run two lines of Cat5 to each location as well.

Pulling the cable isn't a problem for me...I just wanted to see what I needed to split the signal, and a good source to acquire it from
The tech will most likely just add a 3x4 switch and run 1 additional line to the second location at no charge. If you want other lines ran then they charge $75/hr
 

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If you are not planning an upgrade to HD in the predictable future, any 2x8, 3x8, 4x8 or 5x8 multiswitch will work just fine. Just use the Sat A, or non-tone inputs for the two lines from your dish.

If you are planning an HD upgrade sometime, then use the Zinwell WB68 6x8 multiswitch, and again just use the first two sat inputs on it for now.

An SWM probably would work with that dish, but it won't work with your existing receives/dvr's, so it is not an option for you at this time.

Carl
 
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