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Connecting Kingdome in-motion (travel) and SWM (parked)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by galtsfan, Mar 31, 2013.

  1. galtsfan

    galtsfan Cool Member

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    I just bought a MH that has a Kingdome dish. It also has a feed for a tripod.
    I have a HR21 DVR. I know only enough about the DVR to be dangerous. In my previous RV (fifth wheel) I carried a tripod with a SWM dish and was able to find the bird and get a good signal. My question is can I use the second sat. input on the DVR for the Kingdome and put the tripod on the first input once I'm set-up? It'll save me having to drag the DVR out and swapping inputs each time I set-up. Second method I thought might work would be an A/B switch from the two sources into the first input. But, I don't think the Kingdome has a SWM and the manual says "SATELLITE IN 1 (SWM-2) – Use to connect the DIRECTV HD DVR PRO to a satellite dish antenna.
    If your installation includes an SWM (Single Wire Module), connect the SWM output to this input."
    All advice would be appreciated.

    Marv
     
  2. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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  3. carl6

    carl6 Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    If you can live with single tuner service on your DVR, you can use a non-SWM slimline dish on the tripod (or run two coax for dual tuner capability). You will still need to go back through satellite setup though to switch from single LNB (Kingdome) to 3 or 5 LNB.

    To switch back and forth between SWM and the Kingdome will probably be difficult, as the receivers typically don't like to go from SWM to non-SWM.
     
  4. Apr 1, 2013 #4 of 11
    BobStokesbary

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    galtsfan,
    I don't know all the ins and outs of the Kingdome system, but a quick check of their website shows that the most expensive one they sell only works on birds 101 and 119. That's basically all SD (Ku) stuff. For the HD (Ka) birds (99 & 103) you need the slimline dish.

    If you are a glutton for punishment, you can certainly try the options you mentioned. But, I think most of them will leave you more frustrated than satisfied. Since you know your way around setting up a SWM Slimline dish I would just stick with that.

    Later when you are feeling rich, you can swap-out your Kingdome for a Travler DirecTV SWM dish.

    I'm also with carl6, receivers don't like being switched from SWM to regular. On a recent move by a family member the installer could not switch an HR23 from regular to SWM no matter what he tried. So, I would not feel comfortable with this option.
    Bob
     
  5. Apr 1, 2013 #5 of 11
    galtsfan

    galtsfan Cool Member

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    Thanks for all of the input folks. I didn't know the limitations of the HR21 when switching from one dish to the other. Maybe a second receiver ie. a H24 to work with the Kingdome while traveling and the HR21 on the tripod when parked would be the easiest way. I just thought of another topic for a thread.
    Will the kingdome work with hughes net?

    Thanks again, Marv
     
  6. Apr 1, 2013 #6 of 11
    FlyingDiver

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  7. Apr 1, 2013 #7 of 11
    carl6

    carl6 Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Nope, totally different type of LNB and technology involved.
     
  8. Apr 1, 2013 #8 of 11
    gov

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    Keep satellite use simple, you're on vacation, have fun. Taking a 1/2 hour (at the very least) to mess around with the dish and reception peaking and switching over SWiM and back is just not fun. And maybe having to call D* CSR and burn up even more valuable vacation time makes me recoil in horror!!


    I do have a customer with a motorhome, and he does take it out a few times a year, but mostly it is parked behind the house, and he happily spends free time in it whenever he gets a chance. There's no landline phone in it, but I did wire it into the home's satellite system. They spend many happy hours there, and I get the impression they enjoy the backyard as much as anywhere they go.
     
  9. Apr 1, 2013 #9 of 11
    P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    I don't get it !

    Would be everyone happy if each installer spent just 1/2 hr to install a dish ? :)

    Being on vacation, spending 1/2 hour for fun in open air - what could be better ?
    Motorhome it's a ... perpetuate vacation; what is the 1/2 hr for install - lost time in eternity? :D
     
  10. gov

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    LOL, you did not include as 'fun' a call to DirecTV CSR!

    That's nobodies idea of a good use of critical vacation time!
     
  11. FlyingDiver

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    I know a lot of people that use a tripod while RVing. They never call DirecTV. But they also don't try to mess around with their service address while RVing either. They either have DNS or they use an OTA antenna for local networks. The snowbirds that only move a couple times a year do change their service address.
     

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