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What type of Cable do we need

We are building a new home... and wanting to do some pre-wiring...... We have 11 TV's wanting to put in 8 receivers..... but the receivers are in a central location (storage room in the basement)..... then run to the rooms.... I know that we will need IR repeaters for each room but my question is.....if the receivers are HD... what type of cable needs to come from the dish to the receivers... and then from the receivers to the TV's
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  • Super Tech

    10 Yrs experience installing

    You will need RG6 from the Dish to the recievers. Then HDMI from the HD boxes to TV

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  • TECH

    I know the directv system up and down. I can give you an answer to anything. I've been a technician for...

    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 possible

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  • Merlin

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    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.

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    • Original Poster

      Thank you... so the electrian has already run RG6 from the receiver location to the TV's... so we will need to pull this cable and replace with something else????
    • Merlin

      I don't know if I'm fully qualified to answer your question, but here's what I know. RG-6 is what is needed between the dish and each receiver, but like I said earlier, depending on the dish that is installed, the way that's installed may vary.

      I would recommend you consult an expert in audio/visual to see what, if any, limitations there are to lengths of cabling. If you can use HDMI between the receivers and the TVs, that will give you the best quality for HD but it will almost certainly be the most expensive of the other setup options. It supports 1080p, and your audio and video are in one cable, so you'd only be paying your electrician to run 1 line per receiver/TV combo.

      The next best picture quality would be component cables. Component cables consist of 3 cables per receiver output (red/green/blue). These support HD up to 1080i on DIRECTV's HD equipment. You'd need separate cabling for sound with component as well. This could either be RCA (red/white) audio cables or optical (fiber optic). The optical can carry the 5.1 Dolby Digital sound that HDMI can, but it will be considerably more costly than RCA to run.

      Any other type of cable, such as S-Video, RCA cables (yellow/white/red), and coaxial are only capable of outputting standard definition. Coaxial cabling will have the lowest quality compared to other options, but it's also the cheapest (and presumably the easiest) to run through the home. Coaxial is also the only standard definition cable type that carries both audio and video in 1 cable. However, DIRECTV's HD receivers do not even offer a coaxial output so you'd need an RF modulator if you want to use coaxial with those receivers, and your TV cannot get any HD quality from the receiver if it is connected in this way.
  • Wlwlvr

    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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