Currently, I am using DirecTV (with 2 receivers), and I plan to replace it with Dish Network (with 4 receivers) in the near future.
I have already setup a central panel where the video cables from all the rooms home run to it. Currently, DirecTV has two video cables coming from the satellite dish, and I extend them to reach the central panel, and directly hook up to the video connections of two rooms. I don't use any splitter because I only have 2 receivers and there are only two video cables coming from the satellite dish.
Now, I want to know how Dish Network installer will install cabling in my house, and whether they will need a splitter. Hopefully, I can do most of the work myself; then I can use better quality video cable than what the installer will use, and hopefully I can save the $50 additional installation fee for 4 receivers with foreign TV programs.
My questions are:
- How many video cables come from one satellite dish of Dish Network? One, two, or four? I am under the impression that if I need to receive foreign TV shows via Dish Network, I need two satellite dishes. And if each dish comes with 2 video cables, I will have totally 4 video cables coming from satellite dishes. If this is the case, I don't really need a splitter to split the video to 4 receivers; I can simply connect each incoming video cable to each receiver (via the central panel).
- If there is only a combined total of one or two video cables coming from the satellite dish(es). I assume we need a splitter to split the video signal to 4 receivers. Which splitter do they use?
I really prefer to do this cabling myself. The DirecTV installer ran cable all over the place including horizontal surface in outdoor where squirrels chewed it up. And the cable is thin video cable instead of thick shielded cable. Therefore, I prefer to limit the installer to mount the satellite dish, run video cables from the satellite dish to the basement, tune the satellite dish and receivers, and I will finish all the cabling indoor myself. Thanks for any info in advance.