The DStv Switch is a 24-User Band switch that can be used to connect the DStv Explora to existing installations in complexes or flats where customers do not make use of their own satellite dishes — Multiple Unit Dwellings (MUDs). It also allows customers with XtraView to easily connect multiple decoders to the satellite signal.
This switch has been specially designed and manufactured for DStv to meet the growing needs of our non-commercial installations. It is recommended for use in MUDs and is compatible with most DStv digital decoders.
The DStv Switch is not available via retailers and is supplied directly by our accredited installers and agencies when installing DStv in MUDs. The recommended retail price for the DStv Switch (24-1Z) is R699.
Which decoders are compatible with the DStv Switch (24-1Z)?
The following decoders are compatible with the DStv Switch (24-1Z):
How will I know if I can use the DStv Switch (24-1Z) to connect my DStv Explora to the satellite connection in my flat/apartment?
We recommend you contact the installer of the satellite system in your complex for assistance.
Why does the DStv Explora not come with a DStv Switch (24-1Z)?
This switch is not suitable for all installations. We recommend the DStv Smart LNB for most DStv Explora installations. Using this LNB eliminates the need for a switch in most installations.
Do I need to replace my existing switches with this new one?
Can I link this switch to other switches I’m already using in my installation?
Linking multiple switches together (sometimes referred to as “cascading”) can result in a signal loss for switches other than the first one in the chain. If your installation requires multiple switches, we recommend contacting your DStv Accredited Installer for assistance.
Do unused ports on the DStv Switch (24-1Z) have to be terminated?
Only the unused UniCable ports need to be terminated (this is to prevent signal degradation). Termination must be done using the supplied 75ohm terminator. Three of these terminators (“caps”) are packaged with the DStv Switch (24-1Z). There is no need to terminate the Universal ports.
The “On” LED on this switch does not light up. What’s the problem?
The “On” LED only lights up when the UniCable ports on the switch are in use.
What is the difference between this switch and the DStv Switch (5-1) / DStv Switch (5-2)?
The 5-1 and 5-2 switches were designed for use in individual installations (where people have their own dishes – Single Unit Dwellings (SUDs) whereas the DStv Switch (24-1Z) has been designed for use in existing installations in complexes or flats where customers do not make use of their own satellite dishes – Multiple Unit Dwellings (MUDs).
The older switches had only five user bands, whereas the DStv Switch (24-1Z) has 24. The older switches also only had two UniCable outputs, where this one has four.
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