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Attempting to Install, Few Problems

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by chrishouse4, Apr 15, 2013.

  1. chrishouse4

    chrishouse4 New Member

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    First off, i'm a complete newbie when it comes to satellite installation, so bear with me if you can. I worked for AT&T as a Prem Tech so I have somewhat of a background for general cable installation.

    I have a slimline dish with an LNB that reads SL35PIG-P as the model number.

    Receiver is an HR-24 and I have a power inserter.



    I've attempted to find installation instructions and just a general guide on how all of this works, but I've had no luck. Came here hoping someone could help. I tried basically just hooking everything up according to a crude drawing that I had from a "satellite professional" but it doesn't work too well.

    Is there anyone who can point me in the general direction I need to go here? Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks.
     
  2. coolman302003

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    Have you aligned the dish yet?
     
  3. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    That model number would indicate a "legacy" LNB. how many outputs on that LNB? one of four?

    If one, it is a SWM and you need one cable to the HR24 plus the power supply. If four, you need two cables to the HR24 plus two BBCs, no power supply is needed.
     
  4. chrishouse4

    chrishouse4 New Member

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    No i have not done that yet. I basically assumed it was correct as the previous occupants had working service. I very well may be wrong though about proper alignment.

    It has just 1 output on it. Ok I will try that and see what kind of results I get. I have the two BBC's still on the receiver from the previous installation, I take it they aren't needed for this particular setup?
     
  5. coolman302003

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    Once you have the receiver connected, go to the Signal Strength screen and check levels for 101, 103c a/b and 99c satellites. 101 should display some transponders with 100s or very high 90s, the other satellites should be fine in the mid to upper 90s.

    BBCs are not needed in that case, however you do need the power inserter connected (either in line with receiver or you can connect it through a 2 way power passing green label D* approved splitter such as this one here)
     
  6. BobStokesbary

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    chrishouse4,
    OK. If I understand your posts so far, you moved into a place that had a DirecTV dish already installed (probably aligned) and you really just want to know what to do to connect things up. Based on that, like you, I would at least do an initial test of that assumption and try to just get the dish to work.

    To do that, I would do a test setup first. Take a good RG6 line with whatever length will get you from the dish to where you have your receiver or can put a receiver for a test setup. Run the RG6 from the single port on the LNB to your PI port marked "to SWM". Take another short RG6 line and hook it to the "to IRD" port on your PI and the other end to your receiver. Connect the receiver to your TV. Make sure everything is plugged in then turn on the sat receiver and the TV and see what happens. (OH. And on the satellite type screen, make sure you have it set to SWM3.)

    You should at least get the messages that say the sat receiver is trying to do the setup. Your other posts are very unclear as to where your failure point is occuring. So, you need to note down any error codes you get and let us know what they are. This will allow us to give you much better information on how to proceed. If, on the other hand, this test setup works, you have your answer on what you need to do with the inhouse wiring to make it work. But, everything posted so far is just too vague to really be of any assistance toward helping you solve your problem.
    Bob
     
  7. harsh

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    Are you sure the model number isn't SL3SPIG-P?
     
  8. chrishouse4

    chrishouse4 New Member

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    I did exactly that and everything worked perfect after I messed around with the settings a bit. Now, in order to get the DVR to work, I assume I need a second line in? Can I make this work with the single cable ran to a splitter and then to the receiver? Or does it not work that way?
    Yes, that's it. I read my writing wrong.
     
  9. carl6

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    The SWiM LNB (which is what you have) only requires one line to the DVR, so your DVR should work just fine and offer dual tuner capability. If you add another receiver or DVR someplace else in your house, then you can use a splitter (get an approved green label splitter designed for the purpose) to split the single coax from the dish. You can split it before or after the power inserter, but if you do it before the power inserter you have to make sure the power inserter is connected to the correct (power passing) port on the splitter.

    You cannot do this type of splitting with a regular (non-SWM) LNB (one that has 4 outputs on it). Totally different technologies.
     
  10. peds48

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    Since you have a SWM system, all you need to do is make sure the HDDVR is set for "dual" tuners when you are on the dust satellite settings.
     
  11. BobStokesbary

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    I second what Carl6 said. Your SWM head supports up to 8 tuners. Your current HR24 has 2. But, you only need one cable attached to the "Tuner 1 SWM" terminal. If you decide to add another receiver/DVR you can ask about that when it is time.

    Glad everything seems to be working now. Just follow what you did for the test wiring with your permenant setup and you are good to go. Do enjoy, DirecTV is a great service.
     

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