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mjac

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As I understand it, ultimately I should have a coax from each LNB at the dish running to a powered multiswitch (to furnish 18v to each LNB) which would be located, because it is powered, somewhere out of the weather and nearer the receiver. Then, from the multiswitch, I would have one coax to the receiver. I have ordered the LNB's and scored a multiswitch on ebay that I will modify.

My temporary problem(s) are; no power at the dish and only have one coax currently available from the dish location running inside. I will, of course, eventually be running a second coax from the dish.

Here are my question(s). Is there any way to temporarily combine the two LNB's at the dish (with no power) and then use the single existing coax to get it to the receiver? I would only using this configuration until I can bury a second coax and new actuator wires. Its going to be about a 150' run. I realize that in this configuration I would not be getting 18v to each LNB but its only so I can get the dish set up.

If there is is a way to do this with a switch, what do I need?

Or any better way to handle it? All suggestions are welcome.

Thanks,
 
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Yes, you can do a cheap, temporary setup and improve as time/money allows.
The most basic for two single polarity lnb's would be to combine them into one coax at the dish, run to the house thru a switch. A 22k or Diseqc will do. You will need to set up two pages for each sat in your sat setup menu, one for each polarity. Don't worry about the 13v going to your vert lnb, it will still work ok, improve on that later with a switch mod. Enjoy TV tonight!

An improvement would be the use of a Zinwell 2, 4, or 6 port multi switch. This will automatically divert 13v to your vert, and 18v to horz. and you don't need two sat pages.

Later yet you read up on modifying the Zinwell for ext. 18v at all times.
 

mjac

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Yes, you can do a cheap, temporary setup and improve as time/money allows.
The most basic for two single polarity lnb's would be to combine them into one coax at the dish, run to the house thru a switch. A 22k or Diseqc will do. You will need to set up two pages for each sat in your sat setup menu, one for each polarity. Don't worry about the 13v going to your vert lnb, it will still work ok, improve on that later with a switch mod. Enjoy TV tonight!

Good news. I have a spare one.

An improvement would be the use of a Zinwell 2, 4, or 6 port multi switch. This will automatically divert 13v to your vert, and 18v to horz. and you don't need two sat pages.
Even better news! I'll try to get my hands on one.

Later yet you read up on modifying the Zinwell for ext. 18v at all times.
Yup. I have a WNC to mod and it will be waiting in the wings for the complete install.

Thank you very much!
 
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