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You have 3 options depending on how much money and time you have and what provider you subscribe to.

For any subscriber, the obvious solution is that you run a second line. Just run a new piece of coax from the multiswitch to the receiver. Sounds easy right? Many installations just have the cable ran on the outside of the house. If this is the case you likely can just run the second line parallel to it. Use zip ties to secure the two lines together.

However, this isn't always the cleanest looking job. If your current lines utilize in-wall wiring or for whatever reason you can't run a 2nd line, this obviously won't work.

The second option is only available if you subscribe to Dish Network. Dish Network has the DP+44 (or DPP44) switch. This switch will "stack" two different polarities onto the same piece of coax by frequency shifting one polarity up compared to the other. At the other end of the coax, you will use a separator that will un-shift the polarity back to the normal frequency. This will only work with dual tuner DishPro receivers; it will not work with 2 single tuners or non-DishPro (legacy) receivers.

The third option is similar to the second but only works for a single satellite with a dual lnb. DirecTV has the majority of it's programming available via a single satellite, so this is primarily for DirecTV users that don't use a Phase II/III dish. Dish has most of the "basic" channels on a single satellite as well, but all packages use at least a Dish500 for all channels so this option is not available if you want to receive all channels that you are entitled to. Locals/Internationals on a 2nd dish fall also into the same category as Dish users. This method also is significantly more expensive and is not technically supported by any of the major networks. There are aftermarket stackers available but they will cost a minimum of $350 just for a single dual-tuner receiver. You can read more about them here.

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by cdru See Profile edited by nozero See Profile
last modified: 2004-06-16 23:25:42