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Old 07-07-2011, 08:37 PM   #1
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I just moved into a house with 2 Directv dishes connected to a 4X4 multiswitch. I'm not using the dishes (the previous owner disconnected before I moved in, so the dishes are worthless, I guess). I bought an OTA antenna (antennas direct db2) and when connected directly to TV it worked OK. When I tried to mount it instead of one of the dishes and use the cables that were originally connected to the dish I got no signal on my TV. I noticed the dishes were connected to a 4X4 multiswitch box. Also, in the wall near my TV there are two antenna connections. Since I don't need to split anything (I have one antenna and one TV) is it possible to just bypass the box? What can I do to use my antenna without having to run new cables through the walls?

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Old 07-08-2011, 06:12 AM   #2
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You MUST bypass the multiswitch. OTA signals cannot go through it.
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Old 07-08-2011, 06:44 AM   #3
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Forum rules usually dictates that a person give at least a street level address to assess what you need to make a television work at your location.

Most times putting a antenna on the j pole only gets nominal reception because the house blocks reception in the direction behind the pole / antenna.

Without knowing where you live, what channels your television reception entails and knowing which direction you plan to aim the antenna - there is no way to guarantee that even with a outdoors antenna - aimed in the wrong direction that you will get any reception at all.
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Thank you for the prompt replies! The house is on Affirmation blvd, Charleston SC 29412. The transmitters are located to the north-east (52-54 degrees) and that's where I aimed my antenna. As I wrote, even when I connected the antenna directly to the TV without aiming it to the right place (and of course indoors) I could get a good signal. So I think the antenna is not the problem. How do I bypass the multiswitch? Can I do that while still using the original wiring of directv (for example maybe connect my antenna to one of the cables that was originally connected to "Out" in the multiswitch)? Thanks again for the great help! Yoni.
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As you said from your own indoor experiment, you know the antenna works (at least enough) at your location; you're not looking for the Encyclopedia Britannica treatment of your potential OTA reception...

Yes, try a coupler from some coax attached to your antenna (tie it up temporarily on that J-pole) to the coax emerging from the "out" port on that multiswitch and going into your house. The satellite company's coax should be good material and the only mystery is whether it's split into separate lines somewhere in your basement/crawl space where you're not seeing it. I love "hijacking" existing cable myself.

Does anyone know about these multiswitches requiring a satellite box to control them? I've noticed an "antenna in" port on some of them and wondered how the source or input was controlled.

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