DSS question -- can I use a 5x4 multiswitch with one round dish (dual LNB)?

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  1. Brian Perry

    Brian Perry Cinematographer

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    The previous owner of my house set up the satellite system in this way:

    From the round dish halfway up the side of my house, he made one cable run from LNB-1 outside up to attic and then into master bedroom (upstairs), and one cable run from LNB-2 outside down to basement and then into family room.

    I now have two Direct Tivo units with dual tuners and need to buy a mutliswitch so I can record one station while watching another. If I understand this correctly, I will need to buy an outdoor multiswitch because the two cable runs from the dish do not go inside to the same location. There is a 5x4 multiswitch available on hometech.com that is waterproof and powered (via a coax cable) and would seem to be what I need. My question is, do 5x4 multiswitches require four LNB inputs or can I connect my two LNBs and leave the other two inputs unused? (I cannot find a 2x4 multiswitch for sale with the same waterprrof properies.)

    Thanks.
     
  2. MikeSRC

    MikeSRC Second Unit

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    Most multiswitches are made to be used outdoors whether they state they're waterproof or not. There are some weatherproof 3X4 switches around. Here's one made by Terk that's available here: Terk Multiswitch.
     
  3. Ernest

    Ernest Supporting Actor

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    You will need a 3x4 multi switch which you can buy from www.skyvision.com for $49.95 plus $8.00 shipping. They are designed to be installed outside. If possible, try to install it in a spot where the switch is somewhat sheltered from the weather.
     

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