If you have satellite TV hooked up to one TV set in your home, you can easily add an extra TV and connect it to the satellite service. You won't need a second subscription package or a second dish antenna, but you will need a second descrambler box--unless you want both TVs to always show the same channel at the same time. You may also need a slight change in the dish itself, but connecting another TV simply involves hooking up both sets to the dish together.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Satellite dish antenna
- Dual Low Noise Block
- RG6 coaxial cable
- Satellite receiver box
- TV set
- Audio/video cable
Get a second satellite receiver box for the second TV set. While you can order one from the provider, you may also be able to purchase a second receiver from a number of electronics stores.
Inspect your satellite dish antenna. Check to see if it has a dual Low Noise Block converter, which means it has two ports for coaxial cables.
Replace the LNB on your dish if it only has a single LNB (only one coaxial port). Disconnect the coaxial cable from the single LNB, unscrew the LNB from the dish and install a dual LNB.
Connect the original coaxial cable for the first satellite receiver box to one of the ports on the new LNB if you replaced it. Connect the second receiver to the other LNB port with another cable--make sure you know how long the cable needs to be to reach the other TV's location.
Link the second receiver box to the second TV set. Your cable options depend on what type of output ports are available on the receiver and the input ports on the TV. HDMI has the best quality, followed by component, S-video, composite and RF coaxial.
Plug in all devices, turn on the second receiver and TV and tune the TV set to the input channel for the cable connection you used to connect the TV to the receiver.
Tips and warnings
- You can connect two receivers to a dish with a single LNB by connecting a coaxial splitter to the LNB and connecting the receivers to both output ends of the splitter. However, this may cause reception problems depending on they type of dish you have.
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