Need help with really long cable run and install for Dish



Thread Starter
Nov 26, 2007
Hi guys, I hope this is the correct place to post this, and sorry for the long post.
It's been a long time since I've been done much research on Dish installs, so I'm a bit rusty about this install and cable run, and could use some help. I've been a dish customer for years now, but I'm wanting to setup Dish up at the lake. The problem is the only place I can get a signal is about 330' away from the house, so I need to find out, 1) if this is at all possible, and 2) what all do I need? The dish installer came and wasn't too thrilled about doing it himself, so I'm going to do it myself.
From what I understand, I'll need to be on the Eastern Arc, since that's the only line of site I have. For the dish, I'm guessing I need a 1000.4, correct? My plan is to most likely set up 3 211's, so I'll need a 3 LNB dish. Obviously the issue here is the length of the cable run. I'm assuming I'll need to use RG11, and have a separate run for each dish...unless there is a way to run one cable and split it, but I don't think that's possible. So first question, is 330' too long of a run to get a good signal? I know I'll need an amplifier, so does anyone have any recommendations? My setup at home uses a DP44, and this is a dumb question, but I can't remember if that's just a switch, or an amp too. Regardless, I'll need to know what I need for the amplifier as well.
Last question (for now), is there a difference in RG11 cable? I saw that Amazon has it for $175 for 1000'. Is there a certain kind I need to be looking for?
Thanks in advance!


SatelliteGuys Pro
Jun 7, 2010
330 is not incredibly long. RG11 is probably overkill. 3Ghz Solid copper RG6 would work. Run at least 3 lines without any splices if you can.
If you have signal problems, you can try a DPP44. It is not technically an amp, but I have seen them help with signal issues on very long cable runs.
I'm not sure if your locals are on 77. That would be the only reason you would need a 1000.4

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