How to hook up a satellite receiver to two tvs

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How to hook up a satellite receiver to two tvs
A satellite receiver may serve more than one TV. (satellite tv dish image by Kathy Burns from

Your satellite receiver contains multiple ports for connecting the receiver to a surround-sound system, a video cassette recorder and even to a second television. When hooking up your satellite receiver to a second TV, you won't be able to watch two different programs, unless your satellite receiver has two tuners, but you will be able to finish watching a movie or other program without being stuck in the room containing the satellite receiver.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Low-loss splitter
  • 2 coaxial cables, 2 feet and 25 feet or longer
  • Cable staples
  • Hammer

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    Coax and Splitter Connection

  1. 1

    Turn off the satellite receiver and unplug its power cord.

  2. 2

    Unscrew the coaxial cable connected to the satellite receiver from the wall outlet.

  3. 3

    Plug the unscrewed coaxial cable into the single port on a low-loss splitter. The splitter will have two coaxial ports on one end and a single port on the other end. Be sure to use a low-loss splitter designed for satellite television connections; a regular TV splitter will not work.

  4. 4

    Plug one end of a 2-foot coaxial cable into one of the two coaxial ports on the splitter.

  5. 5

    Plug the other end of the 2-foot coaxial cable into the "In" or "Satellite In" port on the back of the satellite receiver.

  6. 6

    Plug one end of a piece of 25-foot or longer coaxial cable into the other port on the low-loss splitter. If the second television is 25 feet away from the satellite receiver, use a 25-foot coaxial cable. Do not use more cable than you need.

  7. 7

    Plug the other end of the coaxial cable into the "Antenna In," "In" or "Coaxial In" port on the back of the second television.

  8. 8

    Secure the coaxial cable along the baseboards or wall using cable staples and a hammer.

  9. 9

    Plug in the satellite receiver's power cord. Turn on the receiver.

  10. 10

    Turn on the second TV. Set the television to the same channel as the first television---channel 3 or 4---to test the connection. You should see the same programming on both TVs once the satellite receiver starts; this may take a few minutes, since the receiver was unplugged. If you don't see programming on the second television, check the connections.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also connect a second television to a satellite receiver using composite cables.
  • If your satellite receiver has two tuners, plug one end of a coaxial cable into the second "Satellite Out" or "To TV" port on the back of the satellite receiver. Plug the other end into the "Antenna In" or "Coaxial In" port on the back of the second television. Complete steps 8 through 10 secure and test the connection.

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