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921 Switch/Dish related Q)

Discussion in 'Standard Definition Receiver Support Forum' started by Patrick Bennett, Dec 26, 2003.

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  1. BobaBird

    BobaBird EKB Editor

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    Yes, that's what we're talking about. You can hook up 2 SW44s (diagram) or 2 SW64s (photo, PDF diagram) in parallel. The diagrams show 2 dual LNBs but a Quad will also work.

    The equivalent DishPro installation uses a DishPro Quad or DishPro Twin with 2 DP34 or DPP44 switches chained together using the satellite pass-through outputs.
     
  2. JerryLA

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    After joining this forum today and reading all the input about the 921 I can't wait to get my hands on one. I currently have a Dish 6000 for my main viewing room and a 4300 for my bedroom. I have had constant problems with the SW64 switch. I've replaced it, replaced the receiver (both mid-summer) and still have occasional problems with satellite 119 going in and out. I've had Dish for about 8 years and this is the first problem I've ever had with the service. My question is about Dish Pro. I'm not really sure what this is. Can someone explain. When I add the 921 (as soon as I can get my hands on one) would it be a good idea to switch to another type of switch? I don't know if it makes a difference but I live in the mountains on the Western Slope of Colorado. Extreme cold weather here.
     
  3. Frank Z

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    Jerry,
    You won't need a switch if you are using a Quad LNB. I connected 2 of the ports to my 921 and one of the others to my 6000.
     
  4. moooog

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    I will have a 921 and 501 soon - I just purchased a Dish Pro Quad lnbf to feed them, but the seller wants me to make sure it will work with the 921 before it ships. I don't see why either a legacy or a dish pro would not work - could someone correct me if I'm wrong? Thanks, Mark O. p.s. - I paid 90$ for the new quad - would I have been smarter to keep my twin and purchase a switch of some sort?
     
  5. fjerina

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    I currently have a Dish 6000 and have two satellite dishs (one Dish 500 pointing to 110/199 and another dish to 61.5). I have those two dishes going to a SW21 then one coax line going to my 6000 input. When I get the 921 I hear I will need TWO lines going to the 921. What is the easiest and cheapest way for me to do that from what I currently have??? Thanks.
     
  6. Frank Z

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    Depends on whether or not you are actually getting anything off of the 61.5 location. You might want to see if you can get rid of the 61.5 dish, then all you'll need is a quad LNB. 1a & 2a will go to inputs 1 and 2 on the 921, 1b goes to your 6000.
     
  7. fjerina

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    Assuming I want to keep the 61.5 and get rid of my 6000 and just use the 921 what do you suggest???
     
  8. Frank Z

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    HMMMM, I'm not a switch expert, but I would assume that a SW64 would be the way to go.
     
  9. BobaBird

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    fjerina, just run another line. If you bought your 6000 bundled with a dish you should still have another SW21.
     
  10. tm22721

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    Here's what I did. I had a Dish500/61.5/SW64 feeding 721 and D-VHS 5000 receivers.

    I replaced my 61.5 dish (there's no HD on it anymore) with a new Dish 500 with twin Dishpro LNB and used that to feed the 921.

    When the DP+44 comes out I will use that on the new dish to feed all receivers, then get rid of the old Dish500/SW64.
     
  11. James_Bruce

    James_Bruce Cool Member

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    I have had 4 SW-64's constant problems, and the cables are under 40' each all double RG-6. Installed the 921 today, "There is a problem with the switch matrix" Everything shows ok, and Dish had me check all spotbeams and transponders, no signal problems, all channels are ok, I am only getting about a hour ahead with the guide.. Dish is confused, they attribute it to my 148 dish.. I am going to give it overnight to think about it then I am picking up a SW-34.
     
  12. JerryLA

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    James,
    I know what you mean. I guess that is my biggest complaint with Dish. When I was having the trouble during last summer, I knew the problem was not with my receiver. I guess you have to jump through the hoops and eliminate certain possibilities before they can tell you what they think the problem is. We replaced my receiver and switch over a 4 week period only to determine "they think" the problem was with one of the LNBs. It was not that big a deal to replace my 6000,(it's covered under the extended service policy) so all it cost was some time and aggrevation, but I knew that was not the problem. I think when it warms up a bit I'm moving my SW64 indoors to the attic and check everything again before I get my 921. I got an email from Mark at DishDepot and he said it would probably be another 3-5 weeks before I get my unit. I read on a post here something about a Quad LNB. Would that eliminate the need for a switch at all. I am only feeding my HT area with the 921 and a bedroom feed. I would sure like to eliminate any problems before I get my new unit.
     
  13. SatBuddy123

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    Just FYI, and I am not sure if anyone covered this, but you can take a DP Quad and a DP34 and get a total of 6 receivers out of it. That is if you dont need the 61.5 on two of the receivers.
     
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