How to Install a Dish Network Television Splitter

By James Clark

Dish Network programming can be enjoyed on televisions in different rooms by installing a coaxial splitter on the main line. This specialized connector is called a multi-switch and is available at electronics stores. A multi-switch is equipped with at least three coaxial cable jacks, one for the main line to connect with the dish and two or more output jacks for connecting cables to receiver boxes and televisions. The connections only take a couple of minutes and no special tools are required.

Things You'll Need

  • Dish Network system with subscription
  • Satellite signal splitter with sufficient jacks to connect all televisions as desired
  • Coaxial cable

Step 1

Buy the correct satellite splitter for the project. First, it is essential to use a satellite splitter because older cable and multi-room splitters are not designed to process satellite signals. This will be labeled on the splitter package. Second, the splitter needs to have a sufficient number of output jacks to connect all the TVs for the project. Two output jacks can handle receiver boxes for two televisions. A four-way splitter will be needed to connect three to four TVs.

Step 2

Connect the coaxial cable from the main line to the satellite dish to the Input or SAT Input jack on the signal splitter by turning the coupler on the end of the cable clockwise onto the threaded jack. Tighten by hand only.

Step 3

Connect coaxial cables to the Output jacks on the other side of the splitter in the same manner, taking care not to bend or break the steel pin inside the coaxial cable coupling.

Step 4

Route the cables to the satellite receiver boxes and connect a cable to the COAX In jack on the back of each box.

Step 5

Connect the receiver boxes to the televisions either with coaxial cables or RCA-type audio/video cables, following the color code scheme to connect the plugs to the jacks. The yellow plug connects to the video jack. White and red connect to the left and right audio jacks. For component video, use the Red, Green and Blue (RGB) plugs to connect video signals and the separate white and red plugs for left and right audio.

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