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The Zinwell WB68 Multi-Switch - HOW TO WIRE (28JAN2007)

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Old 01-02-2008, 08:10 PM   #31  
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The flex ports are for local SD channels.......not needed if you have the 5LNB dish.....


Order of cables from satellite to switch do not matter....as long as you have four cables from the dish going into multiswitch......

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Old 01-05-2008, 09:21 PM   #32  
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Directv contractor came out today for the "free" upgrade to 5 LNB dish so I could get all the HD channels I'm paying for. Was not free and required running another coax down to equipment room as well as they disconnected my diplexer working with my off air antenna and my 2 multiswitches(9 receivers(2 dual tuner Tivo's)) and replaced with 2 WB68's that they simply jumpered over to each other looking nothing like the 9-16 diagram here with the splitters. Just brought the 4 feeds from the new dish down into the 1st WB68 and then spliced 4 jumpers over to the second with the other various output ports on both WB68's connected to the feeds to the receiver. I also notice that this new dish should have 3ghz sweep coax and they only brought in that one new one and used the other 3 existing from dish which were placed by a contractor 5 yrs ago. They placed the new dish by the mount for the old one on roof but spliced an additional 2 feet on the 3 old feeds at the dish instead of mounting and working the cables around a bit to avoid a splice. They did not seem too professional and one of them "expert" was called in during the install and was actually driving a directv logo van vs. the contractor pickup. I could not get the master bedroom rec to work after they left and eventually took it off port 2 in the first WB68 and moved it to a vacant on the other. It worked then. I then fed another rec that was already running with that same port 2 and it would not come up then. I assume its a bad port but perhaps there are more underlying issues with the way this was done. Any suggestions. The contractor did return my call later and said he had ordered a 6x16 switch to bring by.
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Old 01-10-2008, 04:41 PM   #33  
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I had the new dish delivered but they said it was too high for them to install. I've since gotten that taken care of and have to decide whether to redo a bunch of my exterior PVC conduit for more cables and a switch.

Will the new 5 lnb dish provide useable signal to an SD receiver or a Sony MPEG 2 receiver - without going though the WB-68 switch?
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Old 01-10-2008, 09:52 PM   #34  
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I am just curious, I will be having the new 5LNB to replace my 3LNB dish. How many tuners will I have. It is just the HD20 receiver, not DVR. Also, when they put in the new dish, should I require them to use brand new cables and not reuse the ones that are connected to the 3LNB?When and why would you have up to 16 tuners? Thanks for answering a noobs curiosity

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Old 01-14-2008, 07:42 AM   #35  
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I had the new dish delivered but they said it was too high for them to install. I've since gotten that taken care of and have to decide whether to redo a bunch of my exterior PVC conduit for more cables and a switch.

Will the new 5 lnb dish provide useable signal to an SD receiver or a Sony MPEG 2 receiver - without going though the WB-68 switch?
New dish is installed and I can answer my own question - no problems with backward-compatibility. I just don't get all the newer HD channels on the non H-20 receivers. My SD boxes still work too.
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Old 01-24-2008, 08:32 PM   #36  
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I just received my second HR20-100. I'm going to use a WB68. Is there a restriction to the number of Mpeg-4 receivers one can connect to the outputs of the WB68??
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Old 01-24-2008, 09:02 PM   #37  
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Yes, 8 or 4 if they are all DVRs.
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Old 01-25-2008, 08:10 AM   #38  
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Yes, 8 or 4 if they are all DVRs.
Thank you for your response. That was my thinking as well until I saw a confusing graphic in the WB68 Installation Guide. In the graphic they show two outputs connected via B-Band converters to an "mpeg-4 compatible receiver" and two outputs connected to a "non-mpeg-4 compatible receiver."

I guess they use that graphic to show how the WB68 can connect to both mpeg-4 and non-mpeg-4 receivers. But I thought, might as well ask the experts on this forum.

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Old 01-31-2008, 09:25 AM   #39  
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If Directv wired a new house for 2 boxes would they have used a multi switch? Reason I am asking because I want to install a third box in the basement and can't seem to find where the switch would be.
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Old 02-08-2008, 08:13 PM   #40  
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I am want to buy the new Winegard Trav'ler 5 lnb multi-satellite dish.
It only supplies 3 outputs. I guess the 4th is used for auto alignment.
Will it work with the WB68 and still give me 8 outputs?
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Old 02-28-2008, 02:25 PM   #41  
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The Zinwell WB68 requires all 4 outputs from the LNB on the DirecTV 5 LNB antenna. I am also interested in the Winegard Trav'ler product but it is currently shipping with only 3 outputs. I spoke with a Winegard rep and a 4th output is to be added to the Winegard Trav'ler 5 LNB antenna in the next month or 2. I would not purchase one until the 4th cable is added if you desire more than 3 receivers. The Zinwell WB68 will support 8 receivers and there is also a WB616 that will support 16 receivers but it has an external power supply that is supplied with it. Bottom line - if you want more than 3 receivers, wait until the 5 LNB Trav'ler is shipping with 4 cables. When I can confirm they are, I will post again since I plan on ordering one.
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Old 03-05-2008, 12:51 PM   #42  
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I bought a WB68 on Ebay, and connected it as shown in the diagrams into my system. I am currently running a HR20-100, HR20-700 and a H20, so I need the WB68 for my 5 necessary sat inputs. I am having a problem, however. I can't seem to consistently get signals on any of the MPEG-4 channels. What might be causing that? Does anyone have any input for me? I tried restarting the receiver, but only lost channels on my guide. Everything was working tip top before I installed this multiswitch.
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Old 03-11-2008, 09:16 AM   #43  
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I assume that you are using a B-Band converter on all of your receivers. This is the small plastic box that has a coax pigtail on one end. If this is not connected to your receiver you will not receive any HD (MPEG4) content from 99B or 103B.
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Old 03-28-2008, 11:48 AM   #44  
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I have this Switch, off my 5LNB Dish. Has been working great for Two years. My Question, is their any reason thia Switch can't be used for a Dish Install, I have a friend who is being giving the runaround on his install. I believe Dis only comes in with 3 Coax from his High Def Dish.
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Old 06-23-2008, 06:51 PM   #45  
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Default Lost HD Signals with Zinwell 6x8

In order to be able to add more DirecTV receivers, I recently installed a Zinwell 6x8 MultiSwitch for my system. My main receiver is an HD DVR, which was working fine with my earlier simpler setup from my 5 LNB dish. I followed the installation instructions for the Zinwell and now everything seems to be working fine, except for my HD channels, which Iím not getting at all except for those in the 100 range. Any other HD channels ó 70s, 200s, 500s ó else gives me a signal search, 771 message. Any ideas as to whatís up with that?
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