Setting up Stacker/DeStacker

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by ScottT1980, Oct 7, 2007.

  1. ScottT1980

    ScottT1980 New Member

    Oct 7, 2007


    Ok guys, I realize most of the experts get sick of the splitting one signal ordeal. However, I haven't found a specific answer to this after an hour or so of searching. So, I apologize in advance as I know the information is out there.

    So, because the way my townhome is set up, it is looking like stacking/destacking is my cheapest option (no crawl space, homes on either side, and very little non-shared wall to run a second line).

    Do I have to purchase both a stacker and de-stacker? I already have a multswitch that is doing me no good, and felt like I saw a way to manage the situation using that and a destacker with a splitter? Obviously this is cheaper than a stacker/de-stacker fix.

    Can someone point me in the right direction, or provide any information.

  2. litzdog911

    litzdog911 TechKnow Guide

    Oct 18, 2002
    Mill Creek,...
    Check out the stacker/destackers at, including connection diagrams. You need both a stacker (to combine the signals into one feed) and a destacker (to separate them again).

    Note also that stacker/destackers are really only cost-effective with single satellite dish setups (where you're just receiving the main 101-deg satellite). Solutions for multisatellite (3-LNB and 5-LNB dishes) get VERY expensive.
  3. Vin

    Vin New Member

    Jun 13, 2003
    Clifton, NJ
    You need at least a single output destacker which would allow you to feed one tuner. If you need two feeds (as you would with a DTiVo) this would normally require a more expensive dual output destacker. This is where a multiswitch along with a high frequency splitter could be substituted and save you some money. Check out this great diagram from feldon23:

    There's more info on stackers and destackers here:
  4. ScottT1980

    ScottT1980 New Member

    Oct 7, 2007
    How do I determine if I have a single or a dual LNB? I have only one bell looking thing, but two coax outputs. Would this be a dual?

    I am getting prices on ebay for either the stacker (US575) or destacker (D575) at $39 each. Sounds crazy, especially for the stacker. Any opinions on its legitimacy?

    I was thinking about making the switch to digital cable, but if I can get it this cheaply...

    I have also seen a diagram using a high frequency splitter with two destackers downstream going to a Tivo. Is this legit (I would add the diagram, but my lost post count won't allow it)?
  5. JimSpence

    JimSpence Just hangin'

    Sep 19, 2001
    Binghamton, NY


    With two outputs from the LNB, you have a dual LNB.

    For comparison.

    This is the dual destacker.

    Since you already have a multiswitch then you don't need the more expensive dual destacker. You can use the diagram that's in this thread.

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