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Moving and SWM

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by BoB-O TiVo, Sep 25, 2008.

  1. BoB-O TiVo

    BoB-O TiVo Cool Member

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    Hello all,

    I'm moving to a very nice new house. I'd like to reduce the entropy in my satellite setup and move to a SWM LNB. Therefore, I have some questions.

    1) Is Seattle an area where DirecTV has rolled out SWM?
    2) Does the mover's connection generally install SWM?
    3) If not, will my standing with DirecTV (ST sub for 9 years) help me get what I want?
    4) If not, and I buy my own LNB, can I expect the installer to know what to do with it?

    I already have a line run to the spot on the roof where the dish needs to go, I just don't have the skills to aim the dish. I need DirecTV to help me get the dish installed.

    Thanks,
    Robert
     
  2. Grentz

    Grentz New Member

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    They are usually for new installs only.

    Best way would be to buy your own most likely. Would be a gamble if the installer knows about it or not as well as they just began rolling out a few weeks ago.
     
  3. RobertE

    RobertE New Member

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    1) Yes
    2) No
    3) No
    4) Hard to say, will really depend on if he has been trained on it. He could use the standard LNB to aim the dish, then just swap as needed.

    If you go that route, make sure you are there. Not a friend, wife, etc. Not being there is person is a key ingredient for failure.
     
  4. BoB-O TiVo

    BoB-O TiVo Cool Member

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    Hmmm. What would it cost if I wanted to pay an installer myself? Are there known good installers in Seattle?

    Thanks,
    BoB
     
  5. rbrome

    rbrome Godfather

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    I'm in a similar situation. I'm in Philly, moving within the city, and they just told me that the SWMline isn't available here yet. I absolutely need SWM functionality, (for a variety of reasons,) so should I:

    • Order my own SWMline and hope that the installer knows how to install it? If so, where/how do I order one?
    • Order a SWM-8 for use with whatever dish the installer brings, and hope he knows how to install that?
     
  6. rbrome

    rbrome Godfather

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    As a follow-up, how far can the PI be from the SWM? Is 50 feet pushing it?
     
  7. Mertzen

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    D* specifies 150ft max, but I believe member here have gone beyond that. SCC is a must though.
     
  8. rbrome

    rbrome Godfather

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    What is SCC?
     
  9. Mertzen

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    Solid Copper Conductor. Wire that is required for D* use but contractors often use lower quality Copper Clad Steel from the cable industry to save cost. But it has much higher voltage drops over long distances.
     

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