How to connect two TVs to one satellite box

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When you purchase satellite television service, you'll need special equipment for it to work properly. The signal comes from the satellite into your satellite dish. Then, the signal runs to your satellite receiver, also known as a satellite box. The receiver then sends the television signal to your TVs. Some companies require you to have one satellite receiver for every TV that receives a satellite signal. However, Dish Network allows you to connect two TVs to one satellite box. The Dish Network satellite receiver has two channels, so you can watch two separate channels through one satellite box.

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Things you need

  • 2150MHz RG6 cables

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  1. 1

    Run two 2150MHz RG6 cables out of your satellite dish. You'll find the satellite dish outputs just below the LNB, which is the arm that extends with the white bulbs on it. Connect one end of each cable to the satellite dish output. These cables run into your house and plug into your Dish Network receiver. One cable plugs into the "SAT1" input and the other plugs into the "SAT2" input. (For Dish Network, these do have the same nomenclature.)

  2. 2

    Hook one end of a 2150MHz RG6 cable into the "TV 3/4 OUT" connector on your satellite receiver. The other end of this cable will plug into the "Input" barrel connector on your main television set.

  3. 3

    Connect another coaxial cable to the receiver's "CH 21-69 OUT" output. This cable runs to your second television. Plug your cable into the "Input" barrel connector on your second television.

  4. 4

    Navigate the satellite menu to determine which of your TV's channels the satellite signal will display on. You can set it up to display on one of your Video inputs, or you can set it up to display on a blank television channel.

  5. 5

    Control what you watch on your second television by using your second satellite remote. Even though there's not a satellite box in that room, your remote should have the strength to send the signal to your receiver.

Tips and warnings

  • If your remote control signal doesn't reach all the way to your satellite signal, you can boost your antenna to increase reception. Disconnect the receiver's IR antenna, located on the back of the receiver, and plug in an RG6 coaxial cable instead. Run the coax cable up so it sits on top of the television or entertainment centre. The coaxial cable now acts as the antenna and should be able to pick up the signal from your remote control.

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