Correct Multiswitch for LNB 5 system

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  1. Aug 6, 2007 #1 of 16
    cobra5wood

    cobra5wood New Member

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    Is there a special "multiswitch" that is required for the newer 5 LNB dishes and receivers or will my current "multiswitch" for my 3 LNB dish work? If a different model is required, which one is recommended and does Directv usually include it for no fee?
     
  2. Aug 6, 2007 #2 of 16
    phox_mulder

    phox_mulder I get paid 2watch TV

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    If your current switch was installed over a year ago, then it most likely won't work with the new dish.

    DirecTV should include one with the install of the new dish.


    phox
     
  3. Aug 6, 2007 #3 of 16
    Sir_winealot

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    Zinwell WB68.
     
  4. Aug 6, 2007 #4 of 16
    BigBearf

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    Zinwell WB68 is a non-powered switch that works with the 5 LNB dish. Note these multiswitches are not cascadable. The big brother is the Zinwell WB616 powered multiswitch and these are cascable.

    I found out the hard way during my custom install about 9 months.

    Hope this helps,
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  5. Aug 8, 2007 #5 of 16
    wolflord11

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    The WB68 can be cascaded.

    The Big Brother, the WB616 is also a 6 x 16 compared to the WB68 that is a 6 x 8 Multiswitch.
     
  6. Aug 9, 2007 #6 of 16
    milominderbinder

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    Before the end of the year, the Single Wire Multiswitches will be out. They work as the name suggests. For instance the SWM8 can distribute 8 tuners on one RG6 cable. The test results have been great with the HR20's.

    - Craig
     
  7. Aug 9, 2007 #7 of 16
    LlamaLarry

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    Single Wire Multiswitch sounds interesting, will they be included with future installs for free? I am :::this close::: to totally rewiring all my DirecTiVos and was looking to figure out what kind of multiswitch would "futureproof" me. Sounds like I have a bit of a wait first. :)
     
  8. Aug 9, 2007 #8 of 16
    stevel

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    I would expect SWM to be the norm in the future - it greatly simplifies installs. However, only some DirecTV boxes can make use of SWM.
     
  9. Aug 9, 2007 #9 of 16
    LlamaLarry

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    Steve, ah, yes, I should have expected that. I currently have a BMS-58 in need of some more space, but figured I would go ahead and replace it with a MS capable of supporting the 5LNB dish I don't yet have.

    Were I to get something along the lines of a WB616 will it work in my current arrangement (all HR10-250s on a 3LNB dish with OTA)?
     
  10. dscott72

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    Could the WB68 be installed inside close to where I have an existing HR10-250 so I could split the signal and install a 2nd unit?

    David
     
  11. stevel

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    The new multiswitches such as the WB68 require four incoming lines, so if you have all four lines from the dish's multiswitch coming to one location, as I do, then the WB68 can go there. If you have only two lines, then no.

    With the WB68, OTA would require a separate run from the antenna - no diplexing. Some of the larger switches have an OTA input.
     
  12. Sir_winealot

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    Can you diplex after the switch?
     
  13. dscott72

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    Do you by chance know of any kind of switch I can use in my case w/out having to run 4 lines to one room?
     
  14. stevel

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    Can you diplex after the switch? Yes, but only for non-MPEG4 receivers. For the MPEG4 receivers, the TV band overlaps the Ka-Lo band used for the new satellites.

    If you are connecting non-MPEG4 receivers, you can use a cascadeable 2x4 or 3x4 multiswitch to connect TWO inputs to four outputs. You cannot "split" a single line into two. (At least not until SWM comes around and then only with SWM-capable receivers.)
     
  15. dscott72

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    So pretty much if I want an HR20 and HR10 at the same location I would need 4 lines running to that room to take advantage of all 4 tuners available.
     
  16. JimSpence

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    Yup. You'd have to do that with any dual tuner DirecTV DVRs.
     

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