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Wed, Nov 28, 2018 8:27 PM

DirectTV receiver on generator circuit, but will DirectTV still work if main power is lost?

I have my TV and associated equipment, including my DirectTV receiver, hooked into a circuit that can be powered by my generator.  If main power is lost, will my DirectTV still work?  Or is there another place between the satellite dish and the cable going into the receiver that requires power?  If so, what might that be?  

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shannon02

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2 years ago

The power inserter is connected to the SWM splitter or directly to the coax to the dish.

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TexasBrit

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2 years ago

You need the power inserter to be powered.

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2 Messages

2 years ago

TexasBrit, thanks for the quick reply! Sorry for my ignorance, but what is
the "power inserter" and where might it be located?

Thanks again!
montanahack

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152 Messages

2 years ago

The dual voltage of your Directv system will not work right with a generator.

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shannon02

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2 years ago

Yes it will, but adding a UPS to filter the generator output would be better.

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TexasBrit

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2 years ago

It works fine. There is no "dual voltage" isue. But Shannon is right, having a UPS attached to your generator is best because your equipment will "ride through" any interruption. There are people who only have generator power using DirecTV with no problem.

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a year ago

You can buy a automatic transfer switch. The function of the ATS mainly to achieve the power transfer between mains power and generator. 

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