How to Use a Cable Splitter With a Dish Satellite

A cable splitter is a device which either allows several televisions to connect to one cable output, or several cable boxes to connect to one main cable service. When working with a satellite cable installation, a splitter allows several televisions to connect to one receiver, or several receivers to connect to a single satellite dish.

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A cable splitter allows one cable to transfer a signal to multiple receivers.

Multiple-TV Configuration:

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Attach one end of the first cable to the cable splitter by screwing the cable end on to the first splitter terminal. Attach one end each of the second and third cables to the second and third cable splitter terminals respectively.

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Attach the free end of the first cable to the output terminal on the satellite receiver box.

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Attach the free end of the second cable to the cable input terminal on the first TV. Attach the free end of the third cable to the cable input terminal on the second TV. Test the connections by turning on the satellite receiver box and both TVs. If either TV displays a “snowy” screen, check to see that the connections are snug.

Multiple-Receiver Configuration

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Attach one end of the first cable to the cable splitter by screwing the cable end on to the first splitter terminal. Attach one end each of the second and third cables to the second and third cable splitter terminals respectively.

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A splitter will allow several receivers to share one satellite dish.

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Attach the free end of the first cable to the output terminal on the satellite dish.

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Attach the free end of the second cable to the “Satellite” terminal on the satellite receiver box. Attach the free end of the third cable to the “Satellite” input terminal on the satellite receiver box.

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Attach one end of the fourth cable to the output (or “TV”) terminal on the first satellite receiver box. Attach one end of the fifth cable to the output (or “TV”) terminal on the second satellite receiver box.

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Attach the free end of the fourth cable to the cable input terminal on the first TV. Attach the free end of the fifth cable to the cable input terminal on the second TV. Test the connections by turning on both satellite receiver boxes and both TVs. If either TV displays a “snowy” screen, check to see that the connections are snug.