Do dish antennas or splitters ever go bad?

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  1. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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    My buddy is having trouble with his Direct TV system dropping out and "pixelating" like crazy. Recently he put in a service call and the guy told him his antenna was probably bad. Is this possible?

    He has a dual LNB anntenna with the two wires going onto the attic to a two in-four out splitter, feeding two dual-tuner TIVOs, one in the main system and one in the bedroom. Any chance the splitter could be causing the problem? Can’t say I’ve ever seen a splitter go bad...

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    It's called a "multi-switch", not a splitter. They very seldom go bad. More than likely it's a corroded F-connector or the LNB is going out. If it's only happening on one receiver, then it's not the LNB. Since they are DVR's, it could also be a hard drive failing.

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    Thanks for the reply Robert. [​IMG]

    Well, my buddy finally got a good tech out, and he tested the LNB and said it was good. Turned out to be the multiswitch, it was 3 years old (it's in the attic). After changing it out his signal strength jumped to 98.

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    FYI since you tend to troubleshoot like me.
    If 1 LNB went out you'd still have half the channels, that's a fairly unusual problem. 99% of the time it's a connector problem.
    You can tell old multiswitches since they might have the DC input which now comes from the reciever via the coax
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