How to Split a Dish Network Signal for Another Receiver

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A Dish Network satellite dish provides satellite access to receivers also made by the company. The signal from the satellite dish is transmitted into the home through a coaxial cable attached to the dish. To use the signal from a single coaxial cable with two satellite receivers, split the satellite signal prior to its connection to the receivers. At one port, a passive digital signal splitter is required in order to do this and can be purchased from a satellite retail store or an electronics supply shop. The procedure is straightforward and does not require any modification of the coaxial cable.

Things You'll Need

  • Digital signal splitter, 1 port passive
  • 2 coaxial cables, 50 feet
  • 2 Dish Network satellite receivers
  • Unscrew the coax connector of the coaxial cable connected to the satellite from the coax input on the back of the Dish Network satellite receiver.

  • Screw the coax connector of the coaxial cable into the coax input on the digital signal splitter.

  • Screw an end of one of the two coaxial cables into one of the two coax outputs on the digital signal splitter. Screw an end of the other coaxial cable into the remaining coax output on the digital signal splitter.

  • Screw the free end of one of the coaxial cables into the coax input on the back of one of the two Dish Network satellite receivers. Screw the free end of the other coaxial cable into the coax input on the back of the other Dish Network satellite receiver.

Tips & Warnings

  • An amplified digital signal splitter can be used instead of a passive one--however, it requires constant AC power in order to function.
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