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Old 12-29-2013, 11:03 PM   #11
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Pamela,
I just finished reading an article on e-how, where they say that satellite TV can use the same cable as CATV.
They say RG-6 is preferable, but that RG-59 can work, just not as well. In either case, you should still get a picture.

My first question is, have you ever used the cable input before? Do you know that it works?
If you've never used it before, then you are going to have to open up the connector box to:
1. ensure the cable coax is connected at the box
2. test for continuity on the cable coax

Partially true. But, if there are any cable splitters and/or signal amplifiers in the cable line (RG-6 or RG-59) satellite signal will not go through.

You will need to run dedicated cable directly from your dish to the receiver. This can be difficult and time consuming depending on the location of your entertainment area.

In my first TT, I ran the sat. cable through the bottom corner of the slide closest to the entertainment unit then finished opening the slide.
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Old 12-30-2013, 06:54 AM   #12
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I Have never used the cable input before. I do not see any cable connector box to see if it is connected. I was planning on drilling a hole under TT and hooking it up that way as I don't feel I have any more options.
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:17 AM   #13
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I don't know which model Catalina you have, but on mine, the CATV/OTA amplifier switch is located just above the television. Yours should be near the TV as well.
However, rracer says that any splitter in the circuit will prevent it from working with satellite, and nobody else has posted to counter that. Usually, when somebody is in error, somebody will post the correct information. Anyway, if you have a TV hookup in the living room and a TV hookup in the bedroom, you'll have a splitter in the circuit. If you only have the living room hookup, it might still work.
At this point, I'd say you're probably better off simply running your coax directly to the TV as you are planning on doing. Messing with the switch box is only going to delay you getting to watch TV.
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Old 12-30-2013, 01:32 PM   #14
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I believe splitters are ok for sat but the splitters cannot be on the incoming cable side. In otherwords your catv cable inside your unit needs to go directly to the sat receiver and not to a splitter. The output of the sat receiver then can connect to a splitter for all your tv's. You probably need to purchase a lenght of cable to accomplish this. If you have a selector box for different inputs to your tv's disconnect the catv cable from it and run directly to sat receiver (cable in) then install a new cable from the sat receiver (out) to the selector box where the catv cable was connected. You will not have HD but you said that was ok with you.
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Old 12-30-2013, 01:46 PM   #15
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And then... it depends on what type of SAT system. We have a DirecTV DVR and dish that use SWiM. The requires that we have a power inserter (to drive the LNB) and a DC passthrough splitter (frequency range is important here) to get the signal to the DVR (in the living room) and the client (in the bedroom).

Add to that that many RV's may not be wired or labeled correctly. (see this post)
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And then... it depends on what type of SAT system. We have a DirecTV DVR and dish that use SWiM. The requires that we have a power inserter (to drive the LNB) and a DC passthrough splitter (frequency range is important here) to get the signal to the DVR (in the living room) and the client (in the bedroom).

Add to that that many RV's may not be wired or labeled correctly. (see this post)

That's it!! I couldn't think of the type of splitter that works with satellite in my previous post......thanks DutchF.
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Old 12-31-2013, 12:26 AM   #17
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The Catalina's have a very basic system. It's a 12 volt out let with a pushbutton for power to the antenna amp. There are 3 coax's on the backside. One for OTA, one for CATV, and one to the bedroom TV.
There is only one coax connection on the front of the plate. When 12vdc is on, the antenna is connected. When it is off, the cable is connected.
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