DSS Multiswitches and Signal Stackers
So you need more outputs from your DSS Dish...here are the problems and solutions.
Each satellite channel is broadcast on a particular transponder. Each LNB on your satellite dish can be tuned to either the odd transponders or the even transponders, but not both at the same time, so each transponder can receive roughly half the channels at any given time. You can have either a single LNB or a dual LNB, yielding either one or two cables from your dish, respectively.
In a standard setup, each receiver is connected directly to an LNB. Based on the channel you want to watch, the satellite receiver sends a constant signal to the LNB telling it whether it should be tuned to the even or odd transponders. So, even if you had compatible splitters, and you used those to split the cable coming from an LNB, in roughly half the cases, you would have one receiver that wanted to tune the LNB to an odd transponder while the other receiver wanted to tune the LNB to an even transponder. As you might imagine, that won't work.
Instead, what you need is a multi-switch or stacker system.
NOTE: You MUST have a compatible DSS DUAL LNB to use these systems. Multiswitches will not work if your dish has more than one dual LNB.
The DSS Multiswitch takes both inputs from a Dual LNB and splits them up into either 4 or 8 outputs. You can then run one piece of coax to a standard DSS receiver or two pirces of coax to a DirecTV or Ultimate TV receiver. The Multiswitch is a perfect way to split the DSS signal up in normal applications. The Multiswitch is inexpensive and simple to use unless you have several DSS Receivers or places where it is difficult to run more coax. Here is a diagram of how a Multiswitch works:
The multi-switch permanently tunes one of its inputs to the even transponders and the other to the odd transponders. When a receiver attached to one of its outputs requests even transponders, it connects that output to the input that is permanently tuned to the even transponders. Similarly, for receivers that want to see odd transponders.
Our Multiswitches are available with either 4 or 8 outputs. If any cable runs will exceed 100', make sure to add a Multiswitch Power Supply.
DSS Signal Stacker/Destacker for Single Dual-LNB Dish
You MUST have a standard DSS DUAL LNB to use these systems. 5-6 year old Sony Dual LNB's and current Samsonic Dual LNB's are not compatible with the Stacker system as they are not standard. This stacker will not work if your dish has more than one dual LNB.
The Stacker/Destacker System takes both inputs from a Dual LNB and places them on one piece of coax for distribution through-out the house. At each receiver, you use a Destacker to convert the signals back to normal DSS signals. You can also put standard Cable channels on the same piece of coax with a Diplexor.
The Stacker/Destacker will solve at least two problems.
If you purchase the DirecTiVo or Ultimate TV receiver and only have one piece of coax between the DSS dish and the receiver location, you will have to either pull another piece of coax from the dish to the receiver or you can just use the Stacker System with one cable. Sometimes, pulling another piece of coax is impossible or very expensive.
The second problem is equally as serious. If you have a DSS dish with a dual LNB, you have 2 outputs for your receiver. If you have a DirecTiVo or MS Ultimate TV receiver, they will require both of these outputs for the two tuners. If you want to run multiple DSS receivers, you will have to either get a multiswitch or use the Stacker System. Multiswitches are ok, and we sell them too, but if you are going over 4 receivers, the Stacker System might be the best way to go.
The Stacker System is a fantastic time saving system and is equally useful in new house installations as well as existing houses. Here is a diagram showing how the components are hooked up.
The signal starts at the Dual LNB on the satellite dish. Both cables from the Dual LNB go to the uS575 which is the Stacker. The uS575 can be mounted outside on the dish or it can be inside. This makes it nice if you only have one cable going to the dish. If you already have two cables to the Dish, it might be easier to locate the uS575 inside so you do not have to do any work at the Dish. The signal then goes on one coax cable to the PAL30 which is the amplifier and is located inside. Next the signal goes to the HRPI (which is included with the uS575) and this inserts power on the coax to power the Stacker and Amplifier. Next the signal goes to a high frequency Splitter. The diagram shows a HRS8 which is a 8 way splitter but if you only need a 4 or 6 way splitter, we have those too. Any unused ports on the Splitter should be terminated. Then the signal goes to the individual rooms that have DSS receivers. The signal goes to these rooms on one cable, preferably RG6 but it will work on RG59.
If you are hooking up a standard (one tuner) DSS receiver, then you hook the single cable at each location to a D575 which is a Destacker. This converts the signal back to a standard DSS signal. The other side of the D575 is connected to the input of your DSS Receiver.
If you are hooking up a DirecTiVo or other Dual Tuner Receiver, then you will hook the single cable at each location to the input of the D575d which is a Dual Destacker. The other side of the D575d is connected to the inputs of the DirecTiVo or Dual Tuner Receiver.
We sell all of the parts needed (except for coax cable). The easiest way to figure out exactly what you need is to sketch out your setup, similar to the diagram above. That way, you will be able to easily see what you need. Here are some helpful notes.
Each system requires the STACKER-PKG which includes the following:
Next, count the number of individual rooms that you will run cable to. You will need a high frequency Splitter with at least that number. Remember that it is always better to have too many outputs than too few. Any unused outputs of the Splitter must be terminated.
You will need ONE of these Splitters:
You will need terminators for any outputs of the Splitter that is unused. For example, if you use a SPLITTER8 8-output Splitter and only have 6 locations that you are running cable to, you will need 2 F-TERMINATOR.
For each standard single tuner DSS receiver you will need a SGL-DESTACKER.
For each DirecTiVo, MS Ultimate TV or other Dual Tuner DSS Receiver, you will need a DUAL-DESTACKER.
This is optional, but you can use a DIPLEXOR to integrate the cable TV signal on the same piece of coax as the stacker signal. Each Destacker has a connector on it that you can then hook to the TV's cable in.
DSS High Definition Signal Stacker Router/Destacker
The Stacker Router/Destacker System combines the outputs from a special triple LNB Dish and places them on two pieces of coax that goes to the Stacker Router. You can also combine an OTA antenna into the same coax as well. Then the signal is distributed from the Stacker Router through-out the house each receiver. Most receivers will only need one piece of coax run. High Definition TiVo's require two pieces of coax run from the Router to the receiver.
If you have a DSS dish with a dual LNB, you have 2-4 outputs for your receiver. If you have a DirecTiVo or Ultimate TV receiver, they will require both of these outputs for the two tuners. If you want to run multiple DSS receivers, you will have to either get a multiswitch or use the Stacker System. Multiswitches are ok, and we sell them too, but if you are going over 4 receivers, the Stacker System might be the best way to go.
Note that this system Cannot be used with normal Triple LNB Dishes. You must have the TSAT242 dish to work.
For each standard single tuner DSS receiver you will need a SGL-DESTACKER.
For each Standard Definition DirecTiVo, MS Ultimate TV or other Standard Definition Dual Tuner DSS Receiver, you will need a DUAL-DESTACKER. You do not need a Destacker for a High Definition TiVo as it requires 2 cables to the receiver.
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