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Trying to use 2 Directv receivers


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#1 of 6 Ken Smith

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Posted January 26 2002 - 11:29 AM

I have one regular Sony receiver and I just got a Zenith 1080 HD receiver. I installed the oval dish, hooked up 2 seperate cables to the multiswitch. My question is: what kind or type of splitters, di-plexers do I need and how do I configure them? The Sony rec. should get only reg. sat. and the Zenith should get HD and reg. Thanks for any advice.

#2 of 6 Jesse Leonard

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Posted January 26 2002 - 12:28 PM

Your setup should work as-is. I am not sure what your question is. Are you trying to get OTA (over the air) HD signals to your Zenith? Or are you just wanting DirecTV to both receivers?
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#3 of 6 Robert_J

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Posted January 27 2002 - 03:37 AM

Diplexors are used to combine and split out OTA signals with the satellite signals on the same coax. Splitters are only used with more advanced installs with multiple multi-switches.

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#4 of 6 Michael Hudson

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Posted January 27 2002 - 04:11 AM

So with one 4 way multi switch you can run four different Direct TV boxes? Or is there more to it than that?
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#5 of 6 Ken Smith

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Posted January 27 2002 - 06:25 AM

I don't receive OTA HD yet. Should start getting HD OTA this May though. On the HD ZEnith stb I'm getting signals for both satellites. Sat B is still kind of weak, (54) still working on it. I noticed on the other sat. rec. when I checked the antenna strength it was ok but it flashes 0 then 80. The picture on the tv is ok, but the strength meter keeps blinking. That's why I thought I had to use a splitter . I haven't run through the channel setup for the Zenith stb either. Don't know if this should affect the other rec. or not.

#6 of 6 Robert_J

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Posted January 27 2002 - 06:56 AM

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So with one 4 way multi switch you can run four different Direct TV boxes?
Almost correct. Since the introduction of DirecTivo and Ultimate TV, things are different. A 4 way multi-switch will only run two DirecTivos or Ultimate TVs since they have dual tuners. There are also 8 and 16 way switches.

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Sat B is still kind of weak, (54)
That's not good. Make sure you mast is exactly plumb. Use the coordinates from the RCA site. They were exactly right for my install.

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I noticed on the other sat. rec. when I checked the antenna strength it was ok but it flashes 0 then 80. The picture on the tv is ok
If the picture on the TV is OK, I would trust the Zenith signal strength. Also, is your older receiver a Plus model? If not it won't get any of the 119 SD channels.

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