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HR20 self install?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by SPACEMAKER, Feb 19, 2008.

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  1. SPACEMAKER

    SPACEMAKER Freethinker

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    A friend of mine called to order an HR20 and he was told that in addition to the $199 purchase price that he'd have to pay $99 to $159 for installation. He already has a 5LNB dish.

    Is it possible for him to install the HR20 himself so that he gets to access both tuners?
     
  2. Mike728

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    Don't see why not. He could always just pick up an HR21 from a local retailer and call them to activate it after he's installed it.
     
  3. SPACEMAKER

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    What he's concerned with is the actual install. Will he need to run a new line from his dish or can he split the line he is currently using?
     
  4. Mike728

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    He needs two lines, or an expensive SWM.

    Edit: Does he only have one line coming in off of the dish?
     
  5. SPACEMAKER

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    He currently has 4 recievers in his house.

    Can he split off of one of the other lines?

    And thanks for the help on this. It is appreciated.
     
  6. Mike728

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    No, he can not just split the lines. He'll need a Zinwell 6x8 multiswitch. He'll need to connect the 4 lines to that and then can tap off up to 8 outputs. You can find them cheap on Ebay.
     
  7. Canis Lupus

    Canis Lupus You make it, We break it

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    This could have been why he was advised by DirecTV that an installation charge would apply.

    These installs always appeared to be "free" previously, but this is another case where that may be changing.

    Because he needs the switch and the cable runs, it might end up being worth paying to have it done, if he so chooses.
     
  8. davring

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    With the additional cable run and the cost of a WB68, $99.00 seems reasonable.
     
  9. SPACEMAKER

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    Wow. They have those Zinwell 6X8 multiswitches for $25.00 including shipping on ebay. Lot's of them.

    Is it as simple as just running the line from the wall into that Zinwell and then running 2 lines into his HR20?
     
  10. cartrivision

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    No, it's as simple (or as hard) as running all 4 output lines from the dish into the 4 inputs of the Zinwell, and then running up to 8 output lines from the Zinwell to each tuner input on each receiver/DVR.
     
  11. Canis Lupus

    Canis Lupus You make it, We break it

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    Yeah and this is where it can get a bit labor intensive in terms of time and tools etc.

    If I knew adding a DVR would also require adding a switch, I'm probably still pay it, even though the Zinwells are as cheap as they are.
     
  12. elixir26

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    My installers wanted extra to fish the coax inside the walls. I ended up doing it myself and saved the 50 bucks. It's not that hard. It is annoying to me that the "standard" install didn't include the fishing.
     
  13. newsposter

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    I'm shocked someone has to pay full retail plus install....is this really the norm now?
     
  14. glennb

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    Standard install only includes punching a hole in the outside wall near the tv to shove the coax cable thru. :)
     
  15. spazz1968

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    Thats the way the ball bounces.The installers have to make a living too. When you go to the dentist im sure you cant look on ebay to purchase a root canal for 100.00 bucks.
     
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