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Structured wiring help/advice

I just purchased a house and the the structured wiring panel is a mess. Eventually I’ll probably get a new non-metal panel but for now I’d like to clean things up a bit and could use some advice as this is my first foray into something like this.

- 10 cat5e LAN drops

- 8+1 coax drops for DirecTV Genie 2

- Google Fiber network box

- Fiber Jack

- Eero Pro node

- Edge router

- 8 port switch



The DirecTV installer said that their 8+1 coax splitter is required and other vendors splitters won’t work. This is unfortunate because of the way the main coax is connected on the side. I was hoping to figure out a way to mount these connections in a clean manner.




I’m looking to figure out how to cleanly mount above items, as well as recommendations for a ac power solution (I only have two outlets and need 4). I am not opposed to getting an RJ-45 punch down panel. Any useful input or advice would be appreciated.

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Start off doing it right... change to a wire path enclosure, and go from there. You can do a drop in watt box for power that way..

You can use any coax splitter as long as the bandwidth is correct for the application, but is easy enough to put new ends on or use adapters on the splitter. I mount them to the side and terminate with 90 degree ends, or use 90 degree adapters, push cable up through top box to keep neat
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I would also use a magnetic mount switcher in the box, thin one for box mounting... araknis and luxel both make good ones
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Also if you don't want to change box and have room, can do something like this one I did a few months ago
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Everywhere I’ve looked I’ve seen that these green label splitters that are proprietary to DirecTV are the only ones that work. What kind of switch is that?
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Everywhere I’ve looked I’ve seen that these green label splitters that are proprietary to DirecTV are the only ones that work. What kind of switch is that?
yes, you need to use that switch for DTV as it has the power pass through to power the dish lnb properly.

Just mount it sideways in the box, with the connections on the left wall, wires protruding to the middle of the box.

The picture above is using a coax switch and powersupply for Cable Internet, not DirecTV
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yes, you need to use that switch for DTV as it has the power pass through to power the dish lnb properly.



Just mount it sideways in the box, with the connections on the left wall, wires protruding to the middle of the box.



The picture above is using a coax switch and powersupply for Cable Internet, not DirecTV


The splitter the DTV tech installed has the 8 coax connections coming out of the top with the main coax connecting on the side. Do you happen to have any pictures of how you are recommending this be mounted?
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The splitter the DTV tech installed has the 8 coax connections coming out of the top with the main coax connecting on the side. Do you happen to have any pictures of how you are recommending this be mounted?


use right angle coax adapters if need be. something like this..

https://www.amazon.com/YouBoost-90%C...5239502&sr=8-4
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You can use any coax splitter as long as the bandwidth is correct for the application, but is easy enough to put new ends on or use adapters on the splitter. I mount them to the side and terminate with 90 degree ends, or use 90 degree adapters, push cable up through top box to keep neat
DirecTV SWiM splitters do some weird stuff with passing power and what frequencies they pass through, so they are proprietary to SWiM systems. There are smaller SWiM splitters that could be used in various combination if the 8-way is too much of a mess.
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