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Old 10-19-2018, 06:13 PM   #1
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Dish Network and Receiver question

So I finally figured out how to get Dish into the coach and have a basic receiver in the back of our 14 coach and now wonder how to add a second receiver to the front tv only, the one we watch mainly. I don't know how to get to the cable wire for only that tv and keep the receiver up front so the remote works without having to walk to the back of the coach.

On a side note, with all the wires going to the back of the coach am I missing something with the Dish receiver because I have to walk to the back to change channels and search, etc. It would be great if I could change channels sitting in the recliner with the receiver in the back. Appreciate any helpful comments.

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Old 10-19-2018, 09:04 PM   #2
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Call an independent installer of satellite systems. Well worth any dollars.
Had an issue with our MH and getting sat into the TV from outside. Was advised of all kinds of issues and all kinds of fixes on forums.

Called an independent guy and he came out and was here about an hour. Spent about half the time explaining what was wrong, why it was wrong, how he new about it. He then proceeded to move one wire, added another wire (nothing through the MH walls) to the inside connector, put in a splitter and viola. We had sat to the front and rear TV's, if sat not available move one wire and use over-the-air antennae.

Total cost $75 and well worth it.

I was dumbfounded how easy it was for someone that knew what they were doing. He had done many RV's (as have most independents). Knew what he needed to do after talking with me on the phone for ten minutes.

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Old 10-20-2018, 08:58 AM   #3
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It would really help if you added your coach model and year to your signature.

If you have a 2014 Phaeton or Bus, you have the first generation HDMI via CAT5 cabling model. All of the connections to all of the TVs will be in your bedroom AV cabinet.

Which receiver do you have now? If it is one of the older models, it uses infrared controls which, because of the way Dish does things, doesn't work with the Tiffin infrared system. So, get some Wallys and use their RF control feature.

To add a second receiver, the first thing you need is a satellite antenna that will supply more than one receiver. If you have a dome, that is, in itself, problematic. Some domes can handle two receivers but the second receiver is highly limited. You would be far better off if you had a Trav'ler.

Look in your AV cabinet for coax cables. See if you find one marked SAT2, you may be able to use that. Also, remove the fan panel to expose the HDMI splitters. You are going to connect one receiver directly to the bedroom TV, and then connect the second receiver to the HDMI distribution system.

The receiver connected to the SAT1 cable should be the primary receiver, the one connected to the SAT2 cable would be the secondary receiver - if it works. Domes are only capable of tuning one satellite at a time, limiting the second receiver to only programming available on the one satellite.

This is an overview of what you have, post your specific questions.
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In addition to what Roger said, there is an easy way to hook a second receiver. Get a HDMI A/B switch and two short HDMI cables. Put the A/B switch in the BluRay player HDMI output line and connect one input to the BluRay and the other to the second receiver. With that setup you can watch the second receiver from any TV just by selecting the BluRay input on the TV. Also, change your receiver out for two Wallies. They use RF remotes and will work from anywhere inside or outside the coach. Each remote is paired with receiver so there is no interference. I have two Wallies with hard drives and use this method all the time.
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