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Need a new dish:

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Folin, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. Folin

    Folin AllStar

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    Had hail damange...roofers here today and dropped/broke the sat dish. I think it's slimline 5, but not 100% or if there's a better option.

    The local installer wants $300, which sounds silly. DTV will take 2 weeks to get one up. So I'd like to order online and have the roofer reinstall.

    Seeing Slim 5 at Amazon for $80...but wanted to touchbase here before we order.

    We have an HR20-700, HR20-100, HDVR2 and H23-600. All thru a Zin WB68.
     
  2. sigma1914

    sigma1914 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    Get the Amazon one.
     
  3. matt

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    check craigslist.org in your area for free ones first! you roofer should pay for it though if they dropped it...

    they are pretty sensitive to impact... I had one in a small bucket of concrete and it fell on its back and warped it
     
  4. Folin

    Folin AllStar

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    The poor roofer asked my wife (I wasn't home when it happened) to not call his boss, said he' pay for it. She got $80 from DTV but 2 weeks, then she told him $300 local...then he said, maybe you should call my boss.

    So yeah, she called, and he'll pay for it but she was worried the roofer might get fired because he played her pretty hard. Didn't sound like an issue.

    What's this $150 dish for vs. Slimline: http://www.amazon.com/DIRECTV-Satel...?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1280280306&sr=1-18
     
  5. matt

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    That link is the dish that was used before slimline. Make sure you get the right dish, are you using a legacy LNB or a SWM LNB?
     
  6. Folin

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    Think it's SWM...how can I check?
     
  7. matt

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    Pull the LNB off and see if it has 1 or 4 connections on it.
     
  8. Folin

    Folin AllStar

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    Definitely have 4 wires out of the dish.
     
  9. matt

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    Cool, now do you have a 3 LNB or a 5 LNB? 1 white/clear cap or 3?
     
  10. Folin

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    3 capper
     
  11. matt

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    That sounds about right on the price then, $80. Make sure it comes with the AZ/EL back and monopoles, looks like some don't on amazon.
     
  12. Folin

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    What's all that about (AZ/EL and monopoles).
     
  13. matt

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    Not sure what dishes come without that back, I just noticed some of the dishes say "this does come with the AZ/EL back" which makes me think some don't.

    The monopoles are those two skinny poles that stick out from the main pole.
     
  14. BattleZone

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    Also, having your roofer re-install the dish is, IMO, a BAD idea. You'll almost certainly need a service call to properly re-aim it anyway, so why not just have DirecTV install it? I know waiting sucks, but you can probably get your appointment bumped up, and paying more to get a dish quicker that ends up not getting you the signal you need (because it isn't aimed correctly) seems like a waste to me.
     
  15. johnp37

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    Have the roofer reinstall?? Unless this roofer is also an experienced installer that is a very bad idea. One does not simply plop a dish on a roof, aim it it the general direction of the old one and walk away. Alignment is a lot more complicated now than in the past. Bottom line, a roofer does not have the knowledge,expertise or proper tools/meter to install and align a satellite dish. Bite the bullet and have D* or a local contractor do it and bill the roofer's boss, after all, his guys broke it. This should NOT come out of your pocket.
     
  16. Mike Bertelson

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    You don't want the one in that Amazon link. That's a pretty old dish.

    From what you posted so far, you need a Slimline AU9-S, 5LNB dish. It's about $99 from Solidsignal and IIRC, DirecTV will do a "relocation" of the dish for $49 + tax.

    http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.as...C-HD-Programming-(AU9S)&c=DIRECTV Dishes&sku=

    The dish in the above link comes with everything the installer needs; including mono-poles, brackets, fasteners, and AZ-EL mount.

    IMHO, Do Not have the roofer install the new dish. It's unlikely he has the necessary equipment to align the dish and that's the most important part. The $49 for the installer is well worth it.

    Mike
     
  17. Folin

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    Thanks, guys. The roofer talked to his boss late last night and let us know to proceed w/ the local installer. For $300, I'll have her ensure it's a Slimline, 5LNB/SWM version. Thanks for the feedback!
     
  18. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    With four wires coming out of the dish you do NOT have a SWiM dish.

    If you have SWiM (only one wire connected to your DVR and BBCs) then there must be a SWiM module connected to those four wires.

    If you're wanting to upgrade to SWiM then you'll also need the correct green lable splitters.

    You should be able to find all the info about the receivers, DECA, and SWiM you need in this thread.

    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=117744

    Mike
     
  19. Folin

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    I dont' think I really need SWiM then, as I had most of the TV rooms pre-wired w/ 2 lines when we built. Not sure that I'd have use for the extra line already run to the rooms.

    Do I need SWiM for DECA (that appeals to me, but not at the current cost).
     
  20. matt

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    You need SWM for DECA, but if you order the actual MRV (or "MVR" :mad:) upgrade, you will get a SWM upgrade included in it.
     

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