How to Add a DIRECTV Outlet

By Cameron Easey

DirecTV is one of two satellite television services that is offered to consumers. The DirecTV system consists of a dish that can have one to four lines, each of which can be connected to a separate receiver. Depending on how a home is set up a line can run directly to a receiver or wired to go to an individual outlet in a specific room. When a DirecTV system is added to a home, additional outlets may need to be added to accommodate multiple receivers.

See if your home is already set up with coaxial cable outlets. Look for an outlet in the wall that has an coaxial connector or a cover that can be removed. Most newer homes and condominiums have these outlets installed when being built.

Run cable from the DirecTV dish to a basement or some other area where a line can run to each room where there is a receiver. A basement is a good place to run coaxial cable from the dish because each room should be within reach to run the cable to an outlet.

Connect the coaxial cable from the dish to a cable that runs to each room with a receiver. Use a coupler that can be bought at an electronic store such as Radio Shack. Run two coaxial lines to a room that has a digital video recorder DVR to watch one channel while recording another.

Install an outlet in each room for the coaxial cable. Drill a hole in the floor for the coaxial cable or run the cable through the wall and attach a cover with a coaxial connector. A coaxial cable will then need to be used to connect the receiver to the outlet.

Hide the coaxial cable if it needs to run along the floor or a wall. Run the cable along the edge of a wall and the floor or use a piece of edging to cover the cable.