Connecting two satellite dishes to one receiver box requires at least three lengths of coaxial cable and a special type of electronic splitter with a built-in multi-switch, which allows two or more televisions to receive satellite programming on different channels at the same time. Standard coaxial splitter boxes will not work with this application because the same signal will be transmitted to all televisions connected on the system. Talk to an employee at the electronics store about the correct type of splitter before buying equipment for this project.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- 2 satellite dishes
- Coaxial cables
- Multi-switch splitter
- 2 satellite receiver boxes
Connect coaxial cables from each satellite's OUT jack to the IN jacks on the two-way multi-switch splitter by attaching the couplers on each cable to the threaded jacks on the splitter.
Turn the outer ring on each coupler clockwise and tighten by hand, taking care not to bend or break the steel pin inside the centre of the cable. This pin inserts into the jack on the splitter.
Connect a third coaxial cable to the OUT jack on the opposite side of the splitter. If there is more than one OUT jack, use the jack labelled A.
Attach the other end of the cable to the IN jack on the back of the satellite receiver.
Tips and warnings
- Disconnect the receiver from the power supply while connecting the splitter.
- The receiver must be compatible with both satellites in order to receive and process programming on televisions connected to the receiver. A receiver bundled with a Dish Network satellite may not be able to process signals from a DIRECTV satellite, for example.
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