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Old 07-10-2016, 02:31 PM   #1
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Portable Satellite connection?

Just bought our first motor home, Coachman Concord 300DS. Doing a little research before purchasing anything regarding satellite. I do have one question:

Can I simply connect a portable satellite dish to the exterior wall jack and then simply connect my DirecTV receiver to one of the jacks located at any of the 3 cubbys and expect it to work, or do I need to connect the dish directly to my receiver?

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I've been told (on another forum) that most coaches are not (sat) connected throughout and that I would need to connect the coax cable from my portable dish directly to my sat receiver.
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For Dish satellite recievers like a Talegater, it will not work if there is a splitter in the line. We have a roof mounted dish and a talegater for when trees get in the way. our cable that is installed in the MH has several splitters so when we use the talegater we just run the cable thru the window and directly to the back of the reciever.

As for DIRECT TV, i would just try to connect to your outside wall connection and hook up from you inside outlet to the reciever.
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Not me, first I made sure I had the satellite working and then I searched for the cable connection outside, I just tried different connections until I found the right one. Then I left a short cable to that connection. With my Direct tv the power to the dish I keep hooked up in the basement. It has to be out of the weather. It doesn't stay hooked up all the time just when I'm using the dish. Works for me


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Just bought our first motor home, Coachman Concord 300DS. Doing a little research before purchasing anything regarding satellite. I do have one question:

Can I simply connect a portable satellite dish to the exterior wall jack and then simply connect my DirecTV receiver to one of the jacks located at any of the 3 cubbys and expect it to work, or do I need to connect the dish directly to my receiver?

Thanks in advance,
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Everyone is right.

Your question, though unintended I'm sure, is not 'either or'. The dish has to be directly connected to the receiver, even if via extra connected coax like MIGHT be in your coach. But you have to make sure you find a Home Run cable, like Spock did. If you have one, then yes, just hook to it. But if there is no home run, you might have to come in through a window via flat coax, and connect directly that way.

Pull the plates and find the color of coax......that's the easiest way to see if one goes straight from the outside connection to the inside connection.
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With my Direct tv the power to the dish I keep hooked up in the basement.
You have a basement in your RV and power to your dish?
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I'm fortunate enough to have a sat cable directly to the inside entertainment center. I hooked the cable from the outside coax connection into the power provider for the auto dish, then into the receiver, then into the BlueRay system. The BlueRay system goes out [HDMI] to only two of the three tvs in my unit. I used a separate rf transmitter system to get the signal from the receiver box out to my outside entertainment center's TV. Very clear pix outside, but only about 12 ft away.
My installer said that only "power-pass splitters" will work as they allow power to get back to the sat dish.
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For Dish satellite recievers like a Talegater, it will not work if there is a splitter in the line...
Beg to differ, I have one 4 cable splitter and a 3 cable splitter in my 5er and use a Tailgater with no problems. Have 2 inside tvs and one outside. Get Dish on all 3 or can use the roof antenna. I ran cable from the 4 cable splitter to the pinbox, to the rear ladder, to the outside cable receptacle (in case I have to use the tripod for the Tailgater) and into the Dish box where it is split to the bedroom, living room, basement and roof antenna.
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It will save you some frustration if you buy a cheap coax cable tester, about $10 on Amazon. My satellite cable connection on the outside does not terminate anywhere on the inside that I can find. My cable hookup terminated on the back of the rooftop antenna amplifier behind the TV. I disconnected from the amplifier and used it for the satellite cable.

I might also note that all factory connections were very loose.
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