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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-28-2018, 12:57 AM Thread Starter
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yup, I'm actually asking a question about internet routers, just in case we have an expert in the room.

First the background;
I have 2 TV's in seperate locations.
1 is inside the house for winter use.
1 is outside for summer use.
I have 1 android entertainment box which I want to move twice a year between the two TV's.
I have microwave signal incoming to the router from a roof dish as I have no landline.

My local supplier "expert" says I have to pay him to come each time to switch the wires over on the roof (der boss says I cant climb on the roof any more) so I can move the router inside or out because we cant have two cables permanently connected to the dish.

I feel there should be a way of just fitting a switch inside the house so I can just flip it when I need to move the router.

Yes? No?

And no, I cant leave the router where it is and use bluetooth (too much rebar in the building, or even wall socket plug in repeaters (they are on different circuits).
And the run is too far and across rooms and through doors so I cant just use an extension cable

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Hi Bob,we have what is called a "set top box"connected to our roof dish & the only way to get satellite reception to our other tv would be to buy another set top box & connect it to the dish by a separate cable.. Both tv sets receive programmes via an ordinary small antenna.As you can tell ,I'm not the expert you need but couldn't you buy another router & have it permanently connected to your dish by a separate cable. Maybe Harry will chime In here. Good luck, James jj777746

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James, we have an "off the books" supplier, who charges $50 a month rental. Good value for one box, with more programmes than I could watch in a lifetime.
Bloody expensive to have one sitting idle though.
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I am having trouble understanding.

What kind of router do you have?

What kind of wire running from the dish (coax, cat 5).

Are you saying you can't run a wire from location 2 to the router?

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I am fairly ignorant on this subject.
The router is a TPLINK with ethernet connections.

The installer says I cant have two ethernet wires running to seperate locations, fed from the dish, even if one is not connected. He says he has to get on the roof and swap the leads each time I want to watch Tv from the other location.

I dont believe him, which is why I'm asking.
The cable has rectangular connectors, same as I have on my laptop. As far as i know, they are just called ethernet connectors

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I don't see why you can't just get an Ethernet 5-port switch to accomplish what you want, Bob. The feed goes from the source to the switch and then two Ethernet cables from the switch, one to each of the separate locations.

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This was what I thought, but I have no experience with ethernet. he said whichever cable was in use, the other unconnected cable would still draw power and reduce the signal level.
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Hi Bob,
1. Is the router connected directly to the dish? If so (and assuming your router is inside the house, there is nothing to stop you having as many Ethernet connections as your TP-Link has ports. Think of it as a hardwired way of connecting devices such as your pc, laptop, phone, etc. It is nobody’s business how you distribute the signal inside your house.
2. If however your entertainment box connects to the dish (like James says), they may have a case. Some boxes allow one to “daisy chain” two boxes to the same satellite link, but most need a direct link to the dish, and even when daisy-chaining works, there are some technical limits on line impedance and such like.
3. In case 1. You could test it by getting another Ethernet cable and connecting the entertainment box to your router via an unused port. There is a technical limit to the length of run of Ethernet cable, but it is typically longer than what is needed in a dwelling. There may be a signaling encryption technology in operation which would only allow you to connect one android box at a time, but that does not seem to be your problem anyway.
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Hi Bob this maybe just the ticket for what you are trying to do.
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I'm definitely no expert on this subject, but my installation is: The satellite dish is connected to the set-top box the output signal from the box goes to a small RF converter which outputs a VHF signal which goes back into the TV antenna and can be received by all the other TV's around the house. I hope this makes sense.


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