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I have four rooms with DirecTV. I want to add another receiver to a room.
The room is adjacent to another room with a receiver already installed.
Can I simply get a splitter from the one coax to both receivers? Or do I
need to add an additional line from the dish?
Really? ! *&$@!*)^&^
I asked Bestbuy, they said sure, no problem.
Circuitcity said, no, you need to run two lines from the dish and a
multiplex switch (or something).
DirecTV said for 99.00, they'll send someone to install it (not including
the receiver, I have to buy that).
I can get a receiver for 50 bucks from Best Buy plus $10.00 for the
Sorry to both you but, can you answer this question (from your experience)
I want to unplug the coax (from the dish) going to bedroom 1 receiver.
Then connect that to the splitter.
Then run a coax to each receiver.
That is, one coax from the dish going through a splitter, to two receivers.
is that what you did?
Thanks in advance !
This is Turtle.
Yea, but you may not be able to see the tick on the fence post a 100 yards away
while watching the regular tv movie. I will not have that and want to see if the
tick is laughing or not at the show.
I'm not too worried about the signal loss. 3 or 4 dB I guess.
What I was worried about is the one signal to two different receivers. The
receivers do not have some ... "address"?
I don't know the basics of satellite setups so I was wondering about
splitting the signal between two receivers. no worries I guess?
Thanks for all the replies. I mean... $165.00 NOT paid to an installer is
$165.00 still in my pocket. After Christmas, it would be nice to hold on to
In our previous home, I completely wired the cable TV's so I'm familiar with
it. I just wasn't sure about the satellite dish and signals.
Signal loss isn't the issue. You get enough signal, you get all the
bits and the picture decodes just fine.
But ... Here's how older DTV systems work.
There are two "bands" of channels on DirecTV systems. Some channels are
in one band, some are in the other.
The "band" switching is done at the dish, in the LNB. The receiver puts
either 13v or 18v (dc) on the cable, to power the LNB and switch it from
one band to another.
The splitter must be able to pass dc so this voltage can be seen by the
LNB. Most splitters pass dc, but not all.
The problem is, if you use a splitter, one receiver is tuned to a
channel in one band, and the other receiver is tuned to a channel in the
other band. One receiver is putting 13v on the cable, one is putting
18v on the cable. This confuses the LNB. The best that will happen is
one receiver will work in this situation, the other won't.
If both receivers are tuned to a channel in the same band, it will work
You can buy a cheap switch (~$50) that will take two cables from a dual
LNB and feed multiple receivers the desired band signal, using the
voltage from the reciever to trigger the switch. Switches exist to
switch up to 8 receivers.
I got this reply from another group. if I have two separate receivers, I should be able to watch different programs on each TV right?
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best group to
post, please let me know.<BR>> <BR>> I have four rooms with DirecTV.
I want to add another receiver to a room.<BR>> The room is adjacent to
another room with a receiver already installed.<BR>> <BR>> Can I simply
get a splitter from the one coax to both receivers? Or do I<BR>> need
to add an additional line from the dish?<BR>> <BR>> Thanks !<BR>>
face=Arial color=#ff0000 size=2><STRONG>...<BR>> A splitter will work
fine...<BR>><BR>> Both tv's will be forced to watch the same channel,
however. The good<BR>side<BR>> is no additional cost for
<DIV><FONT face=Arial color=#ff0000
<DIV><FONT face=Arial color=#ff0000 size=2><FONT color=#000000>You are forced
to watch whatever channel you have selected on the receiver. If you have 2 TVs
on one receiver, yes, you will have to watch the same channel. But if you have
2 TVsand 2 receivers, well, read the first sentence
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