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I have a DISH 500 with dual LNBs that are feeding two separate receivers (I have two SW21s hooked up). When I add a 2nd dish pointing to 61.5, how would I integrate that feed into my existing setup? Would a 3rd SW21 work if I placed it downstream of the current SW21 and fed the 3rd switch's inputs from the existing SW21 output + the new dish's output or do I need one of those switches with 4 ins/outs?


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Originally posted by NightowlKY:
Would a 3rd SW21 work if I placed it downstream of the current SW21 and fed the 3rd switch's inputs from the existing SW21 output + the new dish's output or do I need one of those switches with 4 ins/outs?
You can't cascade SW21s, they respond to the same commands, so you couldn't control them individually. Assuming your receiver is capable of controlling cascaded switches, you have several options:


1) Buy a twin-LNB, cascading it with the SW-21s, use one of your dual-LNBs on the dish pointing at 61.5, and have one dual-LNB left over. This is what I did, it's simple, relatively cheap, and reliable (fewer connections to go bad == more reliability), but has the disadvantage of not being able to support more than two receivers.


2) Buy an SW-64, and don't use any of your SW-21s. This is the most expensive solution, but supports up to four receivers.


3) Buy an SW-44, and cascade it with SW-21s. This is relatively cheap and can support four receivers (only two can get the third satellite), but has more connections than 1) and 2), so IMHO there is more potential for a failure.


4) Buy a Quad LNB and cascade it with SW-21s. This supports up to four receivers (only two can get the third satellite), and has fewer connections than configurations using the SW44 or SW64, but the quad LNB is relatively expensive.


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I use the SW64 switch to feed two receivers. If the new HDTV PVR-921 due out next year requires a separate input for each receiver, I just run the extra coax and I am set up to watch one HDTV channel and record another.


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If I have a quad lnb, I can use an sw21? But for no more than 2 recievers?? Then I guess I can send the sw64 switch back, right?

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Hey, Jonathan.


Thanks for the reply. I'd like to try the first of your proposed methods. My receiver is the Echostar 7200 and I'm only concerned about bringing the signal from 61.5 to one TV (my Mits HDTV). I figure it's worth at least a shot to try and do that since it's the least expensive route. I'm already having to smooth over my wife's ruffled feathers when I told her I plan on getting the 6000 receiver (and the 8VSB module) and an OTA antenna that's going to be huge (need to pick up signals 90+ miles away). My roof will soon look like a broadcasting station!


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[This message has been edited by NightowlKY (edited 08-19-2001).]
 

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If I have a quad lnb, I can use an sw21? But for no more than 2 recievers?? Then I guess I can send the sw64 switch back, right?

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The Quad responds to the same commands as an SW42, so it can be cascaded with an SW21. I mentioned the two receiver limit because that is all you could connect to a dual LNB pointed at the third satellite with the SW21s. If you had two dishes pointed at the third satellite, you could receive it on four receivers.


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