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Old 08-08-2012, 09:07 AM   #1
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Satellite TV in bedroom

I apologize if this has been asked too often. I have searched and still not clear the best approach. Have a Montana High Country 343RL. We use satellite (Direct TV) in the front room. I would like to have it also in the bedroom. Currently the bedroom tv is connected only to the over the air antenna on the roof. I called Keystone and they sent several schematics and none really match.

What is the best way to get satellite TV in the bedroom? I know we could just run a coax from the front room to the bedroom but that would look bad and get in the way. I suppose another option is to install some additional RG6 jacks in the walls. Is there an easier way?

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Old 08-08-2012, 09:57 AM   #2
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I don't know where or how your system is hooked up, but I spent over 20 years in cable TV and only 1 of a few thing is there. I am sure at one time the living room also had or still has the option of using the antenna. There could also be a barrel connecting 2 wires behind the switch box if you have one. Especially if it has a switch for the ant for the bedroom and living room.

1. Since you have a roof antenna you should also have a booster for the signal, it is either in a wall plate or in the wall close to a plate I have even found just a button with a red lite on the plate see if you have several wires in it one may go to the bed room.

2. Speaking of wall plates you will need to open any and all of them that are either cable or blank to be sure how many wires are in there.The barrel could be there with a loose wire that used to go to the living room TV.

Look close in the wall plates it could be there and tucked inside or moved to the side and even tucked up the wall TV. I am sure at one time the living room got antenna signal you just need to find where that wire went to and put the satellite spliter there so you can get signal.

Good hunting, let me know.
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Hi and welcome to the forum.

The first thing you'll have to decide IMO is whether or not you want to be able to watch different channels in the living room and bedroom. If you do, you'll have to add another DirecTv receiver for the bedroom and run the coax there from the dish.

If you don't need to watch different satellite channels on the two different sets, then you can do as I did and run an HDMI cable from the LR receiver to the bedroom. I'm speaking of a permanent installation and not just running a cable along the baseboard. We use the RF feature with our remote and the HD DVR feeds all three of our TVs and can be controlled by remotes in the LR, BR, or outside.

Be sure to check the outputs you have available on your current receiver. They may not even have coax outputs anymore so finding an existing coax run between your LR and BR might not solve your problem.

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Thanks

Thanks - I will probably end up pulling the plates and looking. However, our current receiver does not have a coax output. I may explore the post below.

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I don't know where or how your system is hooked up, but I spent over 20 years in cable TV and only 1 of a few thing is there. I am sure at one time the living room also had or still has the option of using the antenna. There could also be a barrel connecting 2 wires behind the switch box if you have one. Especially if it has a switch for the ant for the bedroom and living room.

1. Since you have a roof antenna you should also have a booster for the signal, it is either in a wall plate or in the wall close to a plate I have even found just a button with a red lite on the plate see if you have several wires in it one may go to the bed room.

2. Speaking of wall plates you will need to open any and all of them that are either cable or blank to be sure how many wires are in there.The barrel could be there with a loose wire that used to go to the living room TV.

Look close in the wall plates it could be there and tucked inside or moved to the side and even tucked up the wall TV. I am sure at one time the living room got antenna signal you just need to find where that wire went to and put the satellite spliter there so you can get signal.

Good hunting, let me know.
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Thanks for the post. We do not care to have different show selection in the bedroom. An extra HDMI cable to the back bedroom would be fine. That would involve an HDMI splitter I suppose (available?). You mentioned an RF option. Can you tell me more about that and about how you routed an HDMI cable to the bedroom? In our 5th wheel it would probably be difficult to find a path for permanent installation but I suppose some of the walls, etc. could provide some paths.

The current situation is that the TV antenna on top has a splitter (where?) and that goes to the bedroom and the LR. There is also a satellite and / or cable input on the outside of the trailer. Then at the LR main TV there is a coax and that is where the satellite or cable comes into the main TV. You just use a jumper or not depending on satellite or cable. We have Direct TV.

Our receiver has an HDMI output and a component output. I am told we could use the component output to the BR with a component to coax adapter and then a switch on the BR TV. That would also involve a coax to the BR unless I could find a path behind the panels at the main TV that somehow bypassed the booster (satellite would travel through the booster).

But it sounds like your solution of running another HDMI cable to the BR would work if there is an HDMI splitter but a wireless RF solution would be great too.

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Hi and welcome to the forum.

The first thing you'll have to decide IMO is whether or not you want to be able to watch different channels in the living room and bedroom. If you do, you'll have to add another DirecTv receiver for the bedroom and run the coax there from the dish.

If you don't need to watch different satellite channels on the two different sets, then you can do as I did and run an HDMI cable from the LR receiver to the bedroom. I'm speaking of a permanent installation and not just running a cable along the baseboard. We use the RF feature with our remote and the HD DVR feeds all three of our TVs and can be controlled by remotes in the LR, BR, or outside.

Be sure to check the outputs you have available on your current receiver. They may not even have coax outputs anymore so finding an existing coax run between your LR and BR might not solve your problem.

Best of luck

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n5pht......Your DirecTv receiver sounds like it has just the HDMI output and there will be one RCA output (round plugs, white/red/yellow). When I researched running my bedroom TV off of the DirecTV box, I found that HDMI splitters only worked well if you bought the powered model (110V). They may have changed. The non powered ones did not work well with DirecTV.

I didn't want to run a power cord for the splitter, plus an HDMI cable that will run to your bedroom can be costly, $50.00 or more, plus plumbing it to the bedroom.

I decided to go with an RCA jack modulator $14.95 GE 87631 RF Modulator AV to Coax RCA Converter - Free Shipping. This modulator allows you to plug the RCA jacks from the back of the DirecTV box into the modulator and then the modulator converts to coax. You can now use coax to run a signal to the rear TV.

The only issue with this is that you only get SD digital to the rear TV and not HD. This wasn't an issue for us. We also use the DirecTV RF remote that allows us to change channels from the bedroom without having a line of sight.
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Don covered it well. The RCA/coax modulators are a great option if you have a coax run already. I'm not sure, but I think they might even have them now for HDMI/coax.

I did use HDMI splitters. I can't say if the non-powered splitters work or not because I never considered using them. The HDMI run to my BR TV is 50' so I wanted a powered unit in case I was on the harry edge of losing my signal at that length. They actually work great and they're located in my entertainment center cabinet and 120v power for them is readily available there.

To run the cables, I just followed the path used by the mfgr whenever I could. I traced the runs of coax from the entertainment center, down through the floor of the slide, through the cable track used to protect all of the cables when the slides operate, and then along the chassis frame before coming up through a storage bay, into the cabinet that houses my water heater, and then joined other cables running in to the BR slide which houses the TV.

Boy, you sure learn a lot about your coach when you take on a project such as this.

As for the RF remote, I think all DirecTv DVRs (I don't know about regular receivers) have the option to use either RF (radio waves) or IR (infrared) to communicate between the remote and the TV. This is in the remote set up menu. I have only the one DVR but have three remotes... LR, BR, and outside unit. I can control the DVR from any location in or around the coach without having to have a line of sight with the DVR.

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