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Old 12-28-2009, 01:43 PM   #1
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Hey, folks... a newbie to the forum here with a question. We just purchased a 2010 Surveyor Sport 189. On the outside, at the rear, are two coax connections; one labeled "satellite" and one labeled "cable". However, on the inside, it only has one coax connect on the wall (besides the one from the roof antenna). I assume they want you to connect cable TV to one and satellite dish to the other, but what's the difference between the two? It appears that they both end up at the same connect point on the inside. The owner's manual doesn't say anything about it.
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Old 12-28-2009, 03:50 PM   #2
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Hey, folks... a newbie to the forum here with a question. We just purchased a 2010 Surveyor Sport 189. On the outside, at the rear, are two coax connections; one labeled "satellite" and one labeled "cable". However, on the inside, it only has one coax connect on the wall (besides the one from the roof antenna). I assume they want you to connect cable TV to one and satellite dish to the other, but what's the difference between the two? It appears that they both end up at the same connect point on the inside. The owner's manual doesn't say anything about it.
Welcome to the forum Doctor.

Typically RVs today are advertised as "satellite ready" which is to say there is a coax cable in the wall but it may not be terminated at one or both ends. Since a satellite receiver has to have a direct connection to it's antenna (no splitters) the cable marked satellite should run directly to a location where a satellite receiver would be placed. However, it may not be terminated so the cable might be rolled up inside the wall behind a plate.

The cable TV (CATV) cable is just like at home and may or may not have a splitter inline to distribute the signal to your bedroom and living room TVs. In many cases the CATV cable might only run directly to the main TV as was the case in our old motorhome in which case it can be used interchangeably to connect either CATV or to hook up a SAT antenna to it's receiver.

The only way to know if you can do this in your case is to try it.

Hope the explanation is a little clearer than mud at this point. It makes sense in my own mind but it may not come out right in translation, LOL....
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Old 12-28-2009, 04:21 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum Doctor.

Typically RVs today are advertised as "satellite ready" which is to say there is a coax cable in the wall but it may not be terminated at one or both ends. Since a satellite receiver has to have a direct connection to it's antenna (no splitters) the cable marked satellite should run directly to a location where a satellite receiver would be placed. However, it may not be terminated so the cable might be rolled up inside the wall behind a plate.

The cable TV (CATV) cable is just like at home and may or may not have a splitter inline to distribute the signal to your bedroom and living room TVs. In many cases the CATV cable might only run directly to the main TV as was the case in our old motorhome in which case it can be used interchangeably to connect either CATV or to hook up a SAT antenna to it's receiver.

The only way to know if you can do this in your case is to try it.

Hope the explanation is a little clearer than mud at this point. It makes sense in my own mind but it may not come out right in translation, LOL....
Thanks for the input. I'll try connecting the satellite antenna to each of them and see what works.
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If you pull the wall plate off I beleive you will find the "cable" and ant. line attached to the same connection. That is why when you use cable you have to turn off the ant. boost switch. If thats the case then the other connection you have will be the sat.
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If you pull the wall plate off I beleive you will find the "cable" and ant. line attached to the same connection. That is why when you use cable you have to turn off the ant. boost switch. If thats the case then the other connection you have will be the sat.
OK, that makes sense. Thanks for the info.
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