What is a Multiswitch?
The most practical type of multiswitch, a satellite multiswitch, is an electronic signal-splitting device that allows you to distribute a signal from a single dish to multiple satellite receivers within the home. If you only have one satellite dish and you want to have satellite service on your living room, bedroom and kitchen TVs, you will need a multiswitch.
How Does a Multiswitch Work?
Multiswitches have a minimum of three inputs ports that take a cable connection from the satellite dish. The output ports on a multiswitch connect to your TV or TVs. Inside the device itself is a mechanism which sends signals to your satellite dish every time you change the channel.
Different Kinds of Multiswitches
Different multiswitches are usually named by how many input and output ports they have. The basic 3X4 has three inputs that receive the signal from the dish and four outputs that connect to the receivers in your home. A multiswitch with extra inputs (more than three) can receive signals from a cable feed or local service and mix that signal in with the existing satellite service. There are 6X16 multiswitches that can power sixteen different receivers. Multiswitches of this size are usually reserved for sports bars.
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