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HR44 Install Questions

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by BruceS, Jun 10, 2013.

  1. BruceS

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    I currently have the following equipment:

    1. H24-100
    2. HR20-700
    3. HR21-200
    4. HR24-500
    5. SWM-8
    6. Slimline 3-LNB Dish

    I ordered a SWM-16 and HR44-500 from weakness.com and asked Directv to install them.

    I was told that he could not do the install for two reasons:

    1. Would need a 5-LNB dish
    2. Since the highest signal strength for 119 degrees was 75, the HR44 would not register.

    Do these both make sense, or was it just an excuse to not do the job?
     
  2. west99999

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    YOu aready have a 5 - LNB dish if you are getting 119 and yes signal has to meet certain levels for a tech to activate so if it can't be achieved then the install would be a no go. Why did they say you could not get higher readings on 119? Trees? Not sure about your market but do you get locals from 119 or what? If not you could use a 3 LNB dish.
     
  3. BruceS

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    I believe the only locals on 119 in my area are the SD ones. Since all my TV's are HD ones, I don't need 119 for anything that I can think of.

    I called a local company (American Satellite) that does only satellite installations. They are going to bring a 3 LNB head for the dish and modify it to output 4 cables.

    I decided to have it done by local specialists and pay for the installation. I might get it done by DirecTV eventually, but you get what you pay for and I expect them to do a better job.
     
  4. west99999

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    Even though you don't think you need those SD locals, DTV thinks differently. If the tech can't get a quality signal to pass IV then he can't do it but you going with some local contractor they should be able to take care of it. They are not held to the same IV test as an actual DTV tech would be.
     
  5. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

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    What do you mean "modify it to output 4 cables"? I think there's some confusion here.

    It sounds like you don't have a SWM8, you have a SWM LNB. If you have a SWM8, you would have four cables from the dish to the SWM8. The SWM8 is made of a grey metal and about the size of a book, and takes four cables from the dish and has one or two cables leaving it. Some people confuse the 8 way splitter with a SWM8. The 8 way splitter a bit larger than a pack of cards, and has one input on the side and 8 ports on top (you'd have only four of them filled) If you have one cable from the dish, you don't have a SWM8, you have a SWM LNB and 8 way splitter, and will need your LNB replaced to connect the SWM16.

    Do you see satellites 110 and 119 in your signal strength screens? If so, you don't have a 3 LNB dish, you have a 5 LNB dish. The 3 LNB dish has one "knob" in front of it, the 5 LNB dish has three "knobs", this leads to confusion sometimes where people count the knobs and think they have a 3 LNB dish.
     
  6. peds48

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    Right, any market that has SD locals on the 119 a 5 LNB must be installed (if done by DirecTV) even if you dont plan to get any SD receivers


    Sent from my iPad using DBSTalk mobile app
     
  7. BruceS

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    I got a local contractor to replace the 5 LNB head on the dish with a 3 LNB head and install the SWM-16.

    After that, I was able to call DirecTV and get the HR-44 activated.

    Unless I can convince my neighbor to let me trim some new trees he has growing, I may need to move the dish to my roof in a couple of years, but I will worry about that later.
     
  8. Pete-Repete

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    I was told when the installer came out to install my new HR44 and C71( if think) and was told that if I don't have pure copper coaxial cables that they won't install a HR44, so I am having an electrician out to see if he can rewire the coaxial cable in the walls? I wasn't told this by the Directv Sales person when she offered the upgrade to me? Did you have this problem?
     
  9. longrider

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    I do not know the official standards now but the need for SCC is for power carrying from the power inserter to the LNB. On legacy systems the receiver was the power inserter so SCC was needed everywhere. One of the design goals of SWM was the ability to use existing wiring. Assuming your in wall wiring comes to a central distribution point the splitter could be put there and the SCC RG6 would only be needed from there to the dish
     
  10. peds48

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    I was told when the installer came out to install my new HR44 and C71( if think) and was told that if I don't have pure copper coaxial cables that they won't install a HR44, so I am having an electrician out to see if he can rewire the coaxial cable in the walls? I wasn't told this by the Directv Sales person when she offered the upgrade to me? Did you have this problem?


    Not the case. while SCC is better in carrying voltage, CCS works fine on short distances. and runs where power is not needed, there is no difference
     
  11. Pete-Repete

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    Thanks for all the info. Directv is installing the HR44 & C41 tomorrow without any new cable work. They agreed with you.
     
  12. peds48

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    Thanks for all the info. Directv is installing the HR44 & C41 tomorrow without any new cable work. They agreed with you.


    Awesome. keep us posted
     
  13. Pete-Repete

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    Well D came back out and said I need double cables run from the connection box to the condo building to our connection box in our condo because we are having 9 tuners now. Pain in the butt to get this done. Then can have HR44 and C41 installed....Jezzz
     
  14. texasbrit

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    Yes, we point out all the time (including in this thread) that 9 tuners means an SWM16 with four cables from the dish......
     
  15. inkahauts

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    Well D came back out and said I need double cables run from the connection box to the condo building to our connection box in our condo because we are having 9 tuners now. Pain in the butt to get this done. Then can have HR44 and C41 installed....Jezzz


    You have other DVRs? You could put one to single tuner and then have 8 and not run the extra cable if its that much a problem.
     

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