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DIY Receiver Hook-up from dish using existing COAX

11-09-2009, 02:33 PM
I just moved into a new duplex. The building has Dish Network in one unit, but mine is wired for Cox/Comcast. The landlord gave me a HD Dish Network receiver and said if I can figure out how to hook it up, I can use it for free. Can I just patch a cable from the dish to the existing coax running to the house?

There are a pair of cables that run from the alley to the house into a diplexer looking device that is identical to the Dish Network set-up. By theory, it looks like I can just disconnect the Cox/Comcast cable at the point of the diplexer and run a patch from the dish to this point. Does this sound correct?

11-14-2009, 12:02 AM
The DishNetwork receiver will only work with satellite broadcasts.

Dish HD receivers are capable of receiving OTA digital broadcasts, but they must still be connected to a Dish to at least see an appropriate satellite - they do not have to be subscribed to Dish service for the OTA to work (I believe this is correct) but they must be in contact with a Dish satellite.

If it does work without a subscription, you will receive no guide data, so TitanTV or similar will be needed.