Why are the green label splitters so special?

This is our DIRECTV 1×4 splitterYou would be forgiven if you thought it was just like any other splitter. Oh no, my friends, this splitter is special. You can tell by the bright green label found on this and other DIRECTV equipment. What makes it so special?

“The answer may surprise you.” (OK, probably not. But hey, that’s what they say on those promos for the 11pm news, so I thought I’d try it.)

The bright green labels have been used on DIRECTV equipment since 2009 to signify equipment that’s optimized for whole-home viewing. It takes a little more than just your standard gear to work with whole-home and that green label is there to let the tech know at a glance that the dish, SWM, and splitters he’s using are up to the task. These days, it’s hard to find a piece of equipment that isn’t set up for whole-home viewing but it was a problem in the early days.

Here’s the lowdown on what you get with that green-label splitter:

Superior build quality: DIRECTV’s splitters are a lot more expensive but they’re worth it. Unlike other parts that look similar, the connectors and the electronics inside are built to a higher standard overall, and DIRECTV’s splitters include rubber boots that will keep your connectors corrosion-free for a longer period.

Signal passthrough: Many satellite splitters are designed to pass only the 950-2150MHz signals used for your average satellite TV. They specifically block the lower-frequency signals that are used for antenna TV because those signals can be much stronger than satellite signals. Green-label splitters allow signals on the 475-625MHz and 2.3MHz frequencies to pass through. You need this information to pass through the splitter or your DIRECTV system just won’t work

Power pass/DC Block: DIRECTV’s green label splitters are designed with power in mind. In order to use a SWM system you need to power the dish or the multiswitch. Green label splitters allow that power to pass through one port on the splitter (the red one) while blocking it from the other ports, keeping all your other receivers safe.

When you look at all the benefits you get from a green-label splitter, it’s no wonder that they cost a little more… they’re worth it!

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Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 6,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.