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Old 10-10-2016, 06:23 PM   #1
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DirecTV receiver to HDMI Matrix

I am NOT a techie so please bear with me. How do I connect my new HR24 Direct TV receiver? I currently have it connected to the HDMI MATRIX but nothing else. This may seem ridiculous but do I also need to connect the coaxial to something. Honestly, I am embarrassed to be asking but so far after HOURS and HOURS, I am not getting anywhere setting up the Satellite system. Oh yeah, sorry, we have a 2016 Winnebago Adventurer 38Q. If I don't get it going my husband is ready to go get our old RV back......HELP.
We do have the Amazon Firebox which is fabulous & EASY for anyone with an RV but he also wants the Satellite
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Old 10-10-2016, 09:26 PM   #2
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truesdall, you must connect the coax from the Satellite dish to the Direct TV receiver. How it connects depends on what type of satellite dish setup you have.
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Old 10-11-2016, 06:41 AM   #3
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We have your exact coach and model year. We run a portable dish but the set up should be the same for a roof mounted unit. In your front right overhead cabinet where your matrix system is you'll see three satellite inputs. The two on the left say there for the rooftop satellite and the remaining one on the right side is for a portable satellite. I don't know if your dish is roof mounted or portable.

We plug in our portable dish coax to the threaded coax plug marked portable satellite. In the middle overhead compartment there will be two HDMI cable's coming out from the hole in the back wall. One is marked receiver number one and one is marked receiver number two. We use receiver number one and plug it into our receiver. Everything else is prewired through your matrix so all you should have to do is run your coax from your roof dish/portable to the inputs marked roof/portable satellite. Then use one of the HDMI plugs to the back of your receiver.

You then need to use your matrix controller to set it to which tv you want the signal to go to. To many controllers but I'm sure you will figure it out. Winnebago gives your excellent manuals for every system in your specific coach.
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Old 10-11-2016, 01:46 PM   #4
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Thank you for the responses on how to hook up the receiver and the coax. I did go back out last night, crawled onto the dash with my flashlight and found the area where they tucked the roof satellite connection, so gave it a try and was thrilled when everything came up and worked. My only problem now is that I only get SD, not HD. So now if anyone has any input for this issue, I would be most grateful. So now he has his Satellite and I have my Amazon Firebox so all is good if we can just get our thumping noise taken care of. Thank you again for all the help. And by the way, I LOVE driving this one.
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Old 10-11-2016, 02:11 PM   #5
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.... I did go back out last night, crawled onto the dash with my flashlight and found the area..... I LOVE driving this one.......
So you are the local IT and driver.

Does he at least do the cooking?
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Old 10-11-2016, 02:36 PM   #6
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Truesdall - Do you have an HD satellite dish? If not, no HD except for locals on your regular (non-satellite) antenna. If you have an HD satellite dish and HD receiver or DVR, you should be good to go.
Good luck - sounds as though you are getting things figured out.
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Old 10-11-2016, 03:49 PM   #7
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He BBQs, hooks up the car when we take it, hooks up all the hoses, gets the chairs out and visits...........LOL
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Old 10-11-2016, 03:51 PM   #8
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I got it figured out. so he now has his HD Direct TV and all is good. My only problem now is how to get the Amazon Firebox on the HDMI 2 with that darn Matrix
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... My only problem now is how to get the Amazon Firebox on the HDMI 2 with that darn Matrix....
Being the local "IT" specialist that you are you probably figured it out already but if not;
There are a bunch of youtube videos that take you through the setup up of various HDMI matrix.

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Old 10-12-2016, 10:00 AM   #10
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The Matrix may only switch one HDMI source. Look for two HDMI inputs. What is the make and model of the Matrix?
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Old 10-13-2016, 03:30 AM   #11
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Direct TV receiver to HDMI Matrix

Our 2014 38Q has the 4x4 HDMI Matrix switcher. If you have the same there should be a diagram in your owners bag showing where to connect the Firebox ((Roku) or Apple TV too) or game system. Behind the HDMI Matrix unit will be HDMI inputs and Cat 5/6 outputs. If not already attached the extra cat cables will be up there somewhere behind the DVD player and the HDMI matrix. We are on our 4th HDMI switcher in 2.5 years. I think the heat in that overhead cabinet during summer is killing them. I now have a dedicated audio system cooling fan up there and keep the doors partially open. Also turn off the matrix when not watching a TV.

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I now have a dedicated audio system cooling fan up there and keep the doors partially open.
Where did you buy the cooling fan? Do you have a picture how you mounted it? Thanks. Mine get so hot it stops working until it cools.
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Old 10-13-2016, 10:34 PM   #13
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Amazon Cooling Fan

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 10-14-2016, 05:33 AM   #14
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Thank you. Ordered one.
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Old 10-14-2016, 09:28 AM   #15
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Hdmi matrix

Thank you everyone who responded to my questions. Since this is a Winnebago product, I sent an email and a specialist contacted me within 4 hours. So the result for everyone is the following: The Direct TV and Firebox are both connected to an HDMI cable from the MATRIX. I had been changing the setting on the TV for which I wanted to watch.....WRONG!!!! For the Lounge press the SELECT on the MATRIX remote or MATRIX box until either DIRECT TV or AMAZON FIREBOX appears. When I want to change to the other, I simply press the SELECT again until the FIREBOX appears. So as it turns out I have the FIREBOX on the SATELLITE 1 and DIRECT TV and Satellite 2. So it is actually simpler than everything I thought or was trying. I also asked about this equipment getting very hot in the cabinet and that I keep the cabinet open while using it. He confirmed that the MATRIX does get very hot and of course nothing should be put on top of it and the cabinet should be kept open when using it. I told him that although the instruction booklet has a lot of information, it really isn't clear that the settings should only be changed on the MATRIX for multiple items.
So I hope this helps others and again thank you to everyone.
He also explained that by pressing the SELECT for the bedroom or exterior TV, you are able to watch independently......LOUNGE on DIRECT TV and BEDROOM on FIREBOX.
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The Direct TV and Firebox are both connected to an HDMI cable from the MATRIX.
What is a Firebox and does it need a fast internet connection to operate? If so, what are you using and is it a big data user? Thanks
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Old 10-17-2016, 06:56 PM   #17
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Amazon Firebox is the best thing since sliced bread for streaming movies, TV shows, sports, etc. NO MONTHLY FEES and tons of apps. You need to connect an HDMI cable to your TV or Matrix and you need WiFi, which most camp grounds have. It does not use any data. Extremely simple to hook up, to use and you can take it from your house to your RV or visa versa. My husband can watch all the games live or the replays, we can watch movies from 1967 to current. We have disconnected our Netflix, Showtime, Starz, HBO and are almost ready to cut the cable. Includes Alexa so you can ask her for the current weather conditions, sports scores, find movies, etc. Hope this answers your questions about the Firebox. You can also email me at [email protected] for more information or if you are interested in purchasing one, I am now a distributor.
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Amazon Firebox is the best thing since sliced bread for streaming movies, TV shows, sports, etc. NO MONTHLY FEES and tons of apps. You need to connect an HDMI cable to your TV or Matrix and you need WiFi, which most camp grounds have. It does not use any data. Extremely simple to hook up, to use and you can take it from your house to your RV or visa versa. My husband can watch all the games live or the replays, we can watch movies from 1967 to current. We have disconnected our Netflix, Showtime, Starz, HBO and are almost ready to cut the cable. Includes Alexa so you can ask her for the current weather conditions, sports scores, find movies, etc. Hope this answers your questions about the Firebox. You can also email me at [email protected] for more information or if you are interested in purchasing one, I am now a distributor.

How can it not use any data, data is where the content comes from, it's a streaming device isn't it? Alexa also gets its information from the internet using data, mine does anyway.
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How can it not use any data,
X2..... And most campground Wifi I've experienced was barely good enough to check email and most times not that good.
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Agreed - if you need / must have good internet you need to bring your own in most cases. How a firebox would work I have no idea.

Besides, Using park wifi for streaming would be very inconsiderate of others that may want or need a little bit of bandwidth to check email and such.
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