How to Connect One Dish to Two Receivers

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How to Connect One Dish to Two Receivers
A dual LNB is needed to connect two receivers to one dish. (Nick M Do/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Connecting one satellite dish, such as a DirecTV or Dish Network dish, to two receivers requires the use of a dual or multiple LNB feed horn. You can check the type of LNB to determine if you are able to connect a second receiver to the dish. A professional installer is able to easily set up a new LNB, if one is needed. However, to save money on the cost of a service call you can check the LNB yourself.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Coaxial cable
  • Dual or multiple LNB
  • Power drill

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    Check the LNB

  1. 1

    Locate the screws used to secure the LNB to the end of the satellite dish.

  2. 2

    Hold the nut, on the bottom of a screw, with the pliers. Remove the screw by turning it to the left with the Phillips-head screwdriver. Repeat this step for the other screw.

  3. 3

    Pull the LNB away from the arm of the satellite dish.

  4. 4

    Examine the back of the LNB for additional coaxial outputs. If the LNB has two or more outputs, you have dual or multiple LNB feed horn.

    Run Coaxial Cable

  1. 1

    Remove the back cover of the satellite dish with the Phillips-head screwdriver.

  2. 2

    Insert the end of a coaxial cable into the back of the dish and push it through until it comes out the arm.

  3. 3

    Screw, by hand, the connector to an output on the LNB. Tighten the connector fully by using the pliers.

  4. 4

    Set the LNB back into the arm on the dish. Insert the screws and secure them with the screwdriver and the pliers.

  5. 5

    Set the back cover in place and secure it to the dish.

    Set Up Receiver

  1. 1

    Run the coaxial cable from the dish to the inside your house. Drill a hole in the wall with a power drill, if necessary, to run the cable.

  2. 2

    Run the cable, from the inside of your house, to the location of the second receiver.

  3. 3

    Connect the coaxial cable to the "Antenna In" port on the back of the receiver.

Tips and warnings

  • The acronym LNB stands for Low-Noise Block converter.
  • Call your satellite company to activate the second receiver.

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