What type of Cable do we need
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You will need RG6 from the Dish to the recievers. Then HDMI from the HD boxes to TV2 comments
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Just to be safe, run 4 RG6 coax cable from the dish to Tue receiver location . There will be a.multi switch at that spot as well . Then HDMI from the receivers to the tv if possible2 comments
DIRECTV uses RG-6 cabling for all of its coaxial lines. The cabling between the receivers and TVs should be the highest grade connection you can support by the length. I don't know much about limitations of video cabling, but I do know that there are maximum lengths you can use for many cable types and it would be important to find this out.
The way the pre-wiring would need to work for the dish to each receiver may depend on what type of satellite dish you'll have: specifically, whether it will be SWiM or not. I would recommend you contact a local satellite technician in the yellow pages (DIRECTV does not directly offer a pre-wiring solution) to ensure that the wiring is compatible with the setup you'll have. DIRECTV will not install using the wiring of a pre-wired home if it does not meet its standards.
Another note of interest for you: if you will have HD receivers, almost all of DIRECTV's HD and HD-DVR receivers support RF functionality. Many of them are shipped with RF compatible remotes also, so you might not need IR repeaters. However, RF remotes are programmed for IR out of the box, so you would need to change that in Remote Setup.2 comments
I've been a technician with Directv for 7 years, the last 5 in the Service Tech position (Fixing problems...
As far as from the dish to the receivers, like others have said 4 RG-6 (preferably solid copper center conductor) cables. As far as from the receivers to the tv's, your best bet is to contact an AV company (the Geek Squad can help here) to find out about getting the correct lengths of the highest quality HD capable cable.
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