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

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Old 11-12-2009, 06:01 AM   #76  
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One installer said MUST be a grounding block before LNB's 4 cable runs enter the Zinwell, and he installed it this way. Other said not necessary.

Can anyone discuss with authority?
Yes, the prefered method is before the RG6 enters the (house) it's more for static Discharge from a linghting strike vrs a direct hit which will destroy the dish & melt the groundwire and your RG6.
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Old 11-30-2009, 08:48 PM   #77  
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Hi folks,

Sorry for the total NEWB question here - I think I know the problem, but I'm not positive. I got a second receiver (HR23) to go with my first one (HR21), and got the WB68 after reading this thread, as I eventually plan to set up a couple more.

My problem is that I only have 2 lines coming in from outside. i connected the two of them and i have one receiver working, but the second one doesn't, and I'm sure its because I need 4 lines. I don't know much about the dishes, but I looked at mine and its the ovalish one that says "slimline" on the front.

Was my installer just lazy and didn't run all 4 lines from the dish? If I call DirecTV is that something they will send a guy to do for free, or will I end up paying for an installer to do it?

I'm almost willing to try it myself, but I'm not sure if I have the right dish for 4 lines, and I'm fairly certain if I knock the thing out of alignment I wont be able to get it back

Any thoughts/help would be much appreciated!
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Unhappy Question on possible bad 5-LNB...need inputs

I have the 5-LNB Slimline installed in Nov 2007 by Directv installer. 4 cables were run into house where they were attached to a ZinwellWB68 and then two lines from the WB68 were sent to the new HR22-100. I noticed a few days later that I was missing some HD channels so after a process of elimination, I removed the WB68 and ran 2 lines straight from the 5-LNB to the HR22-100 and this resolved my issue.

Fast forward to Nov 2009 where I added a HR20-700 to the collection. I attached this receiver to a 3rd line direct from the 5-LNB and found that I was again missing some HD channels on the HR20-700, but the HR22-100 was fine.

I checked the 4 cables at the dish and disconnected one cable at a time while my wife watched the signal meters. Only when I disconnect of one of the 4 (3 are only in use) did I see a signal loss to 0%...however, it was on all three tuners...

All 3 lines have the BBC converters...and I have not swapped them around yet to see if the 3rd one is defective...

I now believe that the multiswitch in the 5-LNB is malfunctioning and I was wondering if anyone has had a similar experience...thanks!
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You have performed reasonable tests....however it does not make sense to lose signal on all three tuners after disconecting one cable from the dish unless the installation reverted to a swm system, but in that case the BBC's would not be installed. Are you disconnecting these lines directly at the dish? You should also have 4 lines completely hooked up knowing that you have two dvr's. It is possible for one port to be bad on a lnb, but disconnecting one line and losing signal on three tuners does not explain that.
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Hi folks,

Sorry for the total NEWB question here - I think I know the problem, but I'm not positive. I got a second receiver (HR23) to go with my first one (HR21), and got the WB68 after reading this thread, as I eventually plan to set up a couple more.

My problem is that I only have 2 lines coming in from outside. i connected the two of them and i have one receiver working, but the second one doesn't, and I'm sure its because I need 4 lines. I don't know much about the dishes, but I looked at mine and its the ovalish one that says "slimline" on the front.

Was my installer just lazy and didn't run all 4 lines from the dish? If I call DirecTV is that something they will send a guy to do for free, or will I end up paying for an installer to do it?

I'm almost willing to try it myself, but I'm not sure if I have the right dish for 4 lines, and I'm fairly certain if I knock the thing out of alignment I wont be able to get it back

Any thoughts/help would be much appreciated!
I have a similar issue. My installer didn't run the HD leads to my distribution box either. I have 2 standard runs to my current multi-switch (3-4) and one of the HD lines runs directly to my HDTV in the den. He just took the easy way out, instead of moving my dish. Moving the dish to the other side of my house was the only way to get all 4 lines run to the distribution box in my basement. I sent DirecTV an email, and they basically told me they could send someone out to move it for $49. Now, I haven't called and raised cain, but that's where we stand right now. Maybe if you call and voice your displeasure, they will send him out on their dime.
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Old 05-21-2010, 08:16 PM   #82  
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Im a newb to satellites but i was given a zinwell 6x8 wb68 multi- switch and i was looking to wire it up. Heres my setup i have 1 HD/DVR receiver and 1 basic receiver. My dish only has 3 wires coming off of it that go straight inside. I have read about the "4" wires that are coming from most dishes and it needs 4 wires to work correctly. Is there any way i would be able to use this switch to have more receivers in the house or will i need a different dish?
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Im a newb to satellites but i was given a zinwell 6x8 wb68 multi- switch and i was looking to wire it up. Heres my setup i have 1 HD/DVR receiver and 1 basic receiver. My dish only has 3 wires coming off of it that go straight inside. I have read about the "4" wires that are coming from most dishes and it needs 4 wires to work correctly. Is there any way i would be able to use this switch to have more receivers in the house or will i need a different dish?
Ok, if you only have 1 DVR and 1 basic receiver then you donít need the wb68 Multiswitch. If you want to add more receivers then you need to go to the dish and add another cable from the LNB and you will have 4 wires, and then you can use your WB68
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Old 12-19-2010, 08:24 PM   #84  
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Today I hooked up a Zinwell SAM-6802 to my Directv Slimline AU9-S dish with 4 RG6 coax cables running from it. From reading the post it does not appear that there is any order for the cables to be hooked up to the 6x8 muti switch. Currently I have a HR20 and HR22 DVR hooked up and they both have the BBC's hooked up. I plan on adding additional receivers later. The problem I am having is when switching to some channels I get the "searching for signal on satellite in 2... (771)" this lasts for approximatly 1 minute and then the programing on the selected channel appears. Also if I am recording a program and want to watch another program I get the same warning " searching for signal on satellite in 1... (771) for about one minute and then the selected program appears. Why is this happening. Is the multi switch bad?
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Old 12-20-2010, 03:44 PM   #85  
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I talked to the person who I bought the Zinwell switch from and asked him if the Zinwell WB68 is the same as the one he sent me SAM-6802 and he said he thought so, but he is going to send me a WB68 to replace it the SAM-6802. I will post my results once the new switch arrives and is installed.
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The SAM6802 does NOT work for HD. You need a WB68.
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Old 12-29-2010, 07:38 PM   #87  
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I recieved the WB68 today and hooked it up and wamo it works.
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The Zinwell WB68 Multi-Switch - HOW TO WIRE

Another consideration is having the correct output from the Dish, to the correct input of the Multi-Switch (e.g. output one to input one, output two to input two - this would also ring true if the main signal is split - output one to splitter one, splitter one to input one
on each multi-switch).
In reading the entire thread, it appears that the order of the cables does not matter.

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sorry to ask but what is zinwell?
Zinwell is the manufacturer of the WB68 multi-switch.
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I just added HD channels and got a Slimline 3 dish and an HD DVR HR24-100, added to my existing R22-200 DVR and standard receivers.

Added a BBC to the input of the R22-200 DVR but didn't see any HD channels, but the tv worked fine without it so I didn't worry about it, until I noticed the system showed an 18" round dish instead of the slimlime 3. So I changed it reset the receiver, first I got a starching for sat..771 message, reset it again and the HD and SD channels appeared,. When I selected an HD channel the 711 message returned when I turn the receiver off an on or select SD channels the & returns, but I can't get all the channels. Every time I reset I get eather the lower channels or the higher channels but can't access the HD I get &711.

My multiswitch is a Aspen can't read the model no. clearly but I think it's a DTV3X4. But I have to get a little creative on the hookup. Directly from the dish thru the wall to the HD DVR I had added to get 2 feeds. The original connection when the house was built is on the oppsite side of the room from the equipment (not thee best place for the AV system). All AV and Network connections are in a centeral box called a Home Director ( the connections are not routed thru the coax junction but do come in to this box) in the down stars master bedroom closet.

On another sight it was suggested I run everything thru the WB68 and I must connect both inputs to the R22-200 to get HD.
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