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Hooking up into a satellite box on the outside of house?
I just bought a newly built home, and it comes prewired with RG6, and they have a "satellite box" on the outside of the house where you can mount your dish, and run your wires directly in...so basically I don't have to drill any new holes or anything according to the builder.
My question is, what do I need to know about doing an installation this way? I plan on eventually buying the 921 and Superdish, and thus having the installer put that stuff in, but in the meantime, I will be doing my own installation probably. I haven't had a chance to look at the "box" up close yet, but I was looking to see if anyone else had experience or advice on doing this type of install.
For now I basically want to run 3 receivers in the house...But may want to increase that to 4 in the future.
11-04-2003 01:06 PM
Belsokar, I think you will get quicker assistance if this is in the Technical Support forum.
Tell us more about what the builder is selling you as a cure all to a satellite system that isn't even available yet. So far all you seem to know is there is a box on the outside of the house and there is some RG-6 in it.
What I know is pretty much just what I have said. The builder wasn't selling it as a cure-all of any sort really. This is what I know:
The house is prewired with RG6 cable. How it is prewired, and what this entails or means exactly, I really don't know.
The "box" is just a metal plate covering what looks to be a small rectangular enclosure on the side of the house near the roof. Again, all he said was it was designed for satellite system, so you can hook straight into the internal wiring of the house.
Again, I'm not sure what this means in terms of hooking up a satellite system. I currently have dish network, and realize that you usually have a separate cable run for each receiver. So how to run 3-4 cable from the dish to the internal wiring, I'm not sure how this works. I was just hoping someone else has moved into, or installed a dish into a home with this kind of prebuilt situation, and would have some ideas on what to expect in terms of doing the installation.
I will have a lash at this one.
What pre-wire means exactly is from every point where, in the future you want to place a tv or in this case a satellite receiver, there is what we call a home run of rg-6 coax going to a pre-determined termination point. This is more than likely the box you are talking about on the outside of your home. Home runs go from the termination point directly to where your receivers are placed. They do not go through any kind of switches, splitters, or anything. Just one straight piece of cable from point A to point B.
If your builder went through the trouble doing this, I would hope that he used good quality, high swept cable at least up to 2.2 gigahertz. If you are not sure, look on the skin of the cable and it will usually say. Belden, Commscope, and Genesis are some of the best brands.
All-in all, it sounds like you have a good system going, as long as your builder placed the box in a a place with a pretty broad line-of-site. That way you will be fully compatible for years to come.
The system you described in your posts is the best an installer could ever ask for. As for doing the install yourself, you couldn't have it any better. Just mount your dish, tune it in, ground it according to NEC.
For example, say you had four receivers, which would require what we call a quad LNBF. This has four separate ports. Connect each port directly to the home run where you want you receiver and your done! Of course this is the most basic install you can do. If your not sure where each run goes, or if they are not labeled, you can buy a tone generator that will place an analog tone on the cable so you can sniff it out out at the box on the outside. I don't know what your particular situation is with regard to locals, but you may have to have a separate dish for those, or even a super dish, and that would have to be dealt with slightly different, but I think you get the picture.
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