Using a multiswitch / diplexer combination to expand your DirecTV satellite system.

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THE BASIC SATELLITE MULTI-SWITCH

3x4 Multi-Switch

3X8 MultiSwitch

  • The basic satellite multi-switch has a three-port input and either four or eight ports out.
  • Both the 3X4 and the 3X8 multi-switches are designed to work with an 18-inch round satellite dish antenna with a dual-feed LNBF pointed at a single orbiting satellite. (e.g. DirecTV Satellite at 101 W).
  • The two outside ports are connected to the satellite dish antenna and the third (centermost) port incorporates signals from either an off-air antenna or cable TV feed if needed for local channels.
  • A 3X4 MULTI-SWITCH will upgrade a dual-feed LNB to a quad-feed LNB and
  • ...
  • an 3X8 MULTI-SWITCH will modify the same dual-feed LNB to accommodate up to 8 receivers.

THE MULTI-SATELLITE MULTI-SWITCH

5X8 Multi-Satellite
  • The multi-satellite multiswitch has either a four-port input or a five-port input.
  • Both the 4X8 and 5X8 switches have eight ports out.
  • Also, both switches (4X8 and the 5X8) are designed to work with DirecTV's Phase II ParaTodas Dish Antenna or DirecTV's Phase III TripleSat Dish Antenna.
  • The fifth port on the 5X8 multiswitch is used to incorporate signals from either an off-air antenna or cable TV feed.  The 4X8 switch does not have this ability.
  • Multi-satellite multiswitches use a combination of 22 KHz tone bursts combined with alternating 13/18 VDC to switch between orbiting satellites and from one polarity to another.
  • View a typical installation utilizing a 5X8 multi-satellite multiswitch in pdf format.

THE MULTI-DISH MULTI-SATELLITE MULTI-SWITCH

multi-dish
  • This multi-dish multi-satellite multiswitch is designed to intercept regular programming signals from the 101 DirecTV satellite and seamlessly combine those channels with local channels transmitted from the 72.5 DirecTV satellite.
  • This 4-input, 4-output multiswitch will power up to four satellite receivers.
  • At this time, only the DIRECTV D10 standard DIRECTV Receiver comes pre-loaded with the software needed to receive programming from two or more dishes.  Earlier receivers will not work with this switch.  View a wiring diagram for the 4X4 multi-dish multi-satellite multiswitch.

THE FLEX-PORT SATELLITE MULTI-SWITCH

  • This DirecTV approved multiswitch is designed to simultaneously intercept signals from the 101, 110, and 119 DirecTV satellites.  Those signals are them seamlessly combined with signals transmitted from the 72.5 and/or 95 DirecTV satellites.
  • Operate up to 8 receivers with a DirecTV TripleSat dish antenna pointed at the 101/110/119 satellites.  Use one of the flex ports connected to a round 18-inch dish antenna to acquire local channels beamed from the 72.5 and use the second flex port connected to a larger Ku satellite dish antenna for foreign language channels beamed from the 95 satellite, if desired.
  • At this time, only the DIRECTV D10 standard DIRECTV Receiver comes pre-loaded with the software needed to receive programming from two or more dishes.  Earlier receivers will not work with this switch.
  • WIRING DIAGRAM FOR THIS FLEXPORT MULTI-SWITCH

If a multiswitch is used outside to combine signals...

Diplexer The basic satellite multi-switch (3X4 and 3X8) and the the multi-satellite multiswitch (5X8) have the capability of combining satellite signals with signals from either an off-air antenna or cable TV feed.  Those signals (frequencies) must be separated inside before they enter the satellite receiver.  This 3X4 MULTI-SWITCH wiring diagram shows a basic installation using a round 18-inch dish to connect four satellite receivers.  Combining the signals outside and routing them down a single coaxial cable, rather than running two individual coaxial drops, greatly reduces the cost of labor and installation materials.

So, where can I purchase these multiswitches and diplexers?

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