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You will need one line for each individual tuner from either a multi-switch or the LNB at the dish. No splitters allowed to feed a Shaw Direct 630 PVR, sorry.
This seems to be contradicted by the previously quoted post. A standard splitter will definitely not work but if you have one that extends to 2300 MHz with power passing, I don't see that it would not work but looking to get confirmation from someone who has tried it. Again, this pre-supposes an existing multi-switch configuration and the additional splitter is only to feed the two incoming lines for the PVR.
 

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I reckon you can use a splitter with the CSS switch (you might need their special one).

With a regular switch, or direct from the dish, you will need two coaxes.
 

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Single wire from dish to home?

I have a customer with 4 non Dvr receivers, with 2 of the feeds now cut/non-functional. The lines are buried 200'-250', so we'd like to if possible not have to dig up the lawn/flower beds. Is there a SD lnb/switch that would allow us to not retrench? I'm well versed in DirecTv SWM & Dish Hybrid systems after 37 years of installing, but I don't know how far along SD technology is currently. Thanks.
 

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Hi Gents,

I was very interested in this technology when a friend wanted to have a 606 replaced by a 630 and didn't want to tear down walls to feed the cable. Besides I like figuring out these puzzles.

However, he moved and all this became mute. But I did figure out Shaw Direct was simply purchasing the CSS Multiswitch from a European Supplier (Global Invacom) and "brand" labeling it. I also found a listing on eBay for an EMP-Centauri Multiswitch with the same capability but it timed out and I never recorded the model number for the switch. Sorry.

Perhaps one of you can play detective and pick up the ball from here. Of course this is less of an issue now as they updated the Firmware and you can set up the 630s with a single feed; but you can't record and watch another channel at the same time.
 

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I think antenna man is asking if you can run 4 receivers off two cables. (I don't know)
Yes, exactly. No DVRs, just single tuner receivers. His receivers are all the newer small ones, don't have the model in front of me and I do very little with Shaw. I upgraded the LNB last year to the X version.

Normally, you need 4 cables to run 4 receivers. But if you can lay your hands on a Shaw Direct CSS Multiswitch (or equivalent) it may be possible.
He's been running with 4 cables in the ground for years, but a couple of years ago one failed, which he could deal with one missing receiver, now a 2nd cable has failed, leaving only 2 good runs. I told him I'd check to see if Shaw technology has advanced so we can use only the 2 remaining cables, before we dig up his lawn & flower beds.

Do you have a model for an "equivalent"? I have accounts with many satellite distributors, but I know they'll have to have a model number, because the days of talking to someone you can describe a part to, has long passed.
 

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Not sure if I'm on the right lines, but something like this perhaps? Note that I know very little about the technicalities, but I know CSS is short-hand for Channel Stacking Switch (or perhaps Cascadable Switch?). This one goes up to 2300MHz with external power. There are many others on that page so surely one must work?

Click Here

Or perhaps this is more appropriate?:

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I haven't been able find the switch we've been talking about, here on the wrong side of the border, but the customer has offices in PQ & will be leaving Thursday for 3 weeks to represent in the Inuit lands. He's very technically illiterate, so I want to know precisely what I should tell him to look for, "Shaw Direct CSS Multiswitch" correct? He may know someone at Shaw. Anyone have the French translation? Thanks.
 

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To the best of my knowledge, the Shaw CSS Switch is ONLY available for use in MDU scenario's. They certainly also require an extra piece of equipment at the receiver to 'downconvert' the signals. So these would also be required.

I am not sure on the LNBF's used but have a feeling that there will be 2 separate dish's or at the very least 2 LNBF's, one for each bird.

It is possible that the newer bird, G1 (?) might require a 3rd one, I am not sure about that.

I do know that the CSS System is very expensive.

Also, you would then need to go into the Receivers menu and tell it that you are using CSS.
 

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AFAIK, all current 6xx and 8xx receivers are directly CSS compatible. You just need a splitter for DVR receivers.
Also, the CSS switch should be directly compatible with the XKu LNBF. At least that is my basic understanding of what the CSS working.
 
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