How to Hook Up a Second DirecTV Receiver

by Diane Dilov-Schultheis

DirecTV is one of the leading satellite companies in the United States. DirecTV provides millions of customers with satellite television every day. A basic satellite setup includes one DirecTV receiver connected to one television set but you may want to watch TV in another room also. This kind of a setup requires you to hook up a second DirecTV receiver in this location, since each television needs its own satellite receiver to broadcast satellite programming. This does require basic satellite installation knowledge to complete properly.


Check to see if there is a second coaxial cable coming from the satellite dish to the ground block (it should be within three to five feet of your satellite dish). Add a cable to the dish, if needed, as described in Step 2.


Carefully remove the LNB that extends out from the dish with a screwdriver without moving the satellite dish. The slightest alteration in the dish alignment can affect the satellite signal.


Attach a coaxial cable to the second jack on the LNB. Replace the LNB on the dish.


Run this cable to the ground block. Cut the cable at this location with wire cutters.


Add a connector to the cable. Attach this cable to the ground block. If there is a single ground block, replace it with a dual one.


Attach a connector to additional cable and connect it to the other side of the ground block. Run this cable from this location to the site of the second DirecTV receiver.


Use a drill with the proper bit to go through any walls or flooring, if necessary. Seal these holes using plugs or sealant.


Insert a wall plate for the satellite cable in a nearby wall if you want, or simply run the cable directly to the receiver. This varies depending on your building type and specific wants.


Cut the coaxial cable and attach a connector to it. Connect this cable to the second DirecTV receiver.


  • You may have to run the cable from the attic down through the wall, or what is known as “wall fish,” if you want to install a wall plate in a house or building. Mobile home satellite wiring often goes through the flooring in place of the walls.


  • Do not drill a hole to run your satellite cable in any areas that contain electrical wiring, home networking cables or water pipes. If you are not sure, hire a professional.

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Diane Dilov-Schultheis has been writing professionally since 2000. She is a food and travel writer who also specializes in gaming, satellites, RV repair, gardening, finances and electronics. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and has been published online at the Travel Channel and Intel.

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