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Setup for RV???

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by reubenray, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. reubenray

    reubenray Godfather

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    I want to get a tripod and use a dish that I already have to take with me in my RV. I currently have three dishes and need to know what I will need to do for one of these to work. I will want HD.

    Attached are three pictures. One is what I have at my home. The second one is a slimline dish and single LNB that I had in Dallas. The third one is of two older dishes I had my attic. I am not concerned with getting locals being the fifth wheel has an external OTA antenna. I also would like to get a setup that will be as easy as possible.

    I plan on taking my H24 receiver with me.
     

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  2. jimmie57

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    Look at the Slimline LNB in pic 2 and see if it has 4 connections or just 1 for the coax cable ( s ).

    It appears that you home dish is a Slimline 5 SWM version. You can verify this by pressing the dash button on one of the remotes. It will say SWM detected.
     
  3. reubenray

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    The slimline lnb in pic 2 only has 1 cable connection.

    When pushing the dash button it comes up with SWiM connected.
     
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  5. reubenray

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    I have a power inserter that came with the Dallas dish plus a splitter. I had to pay for all of this, so when I moved I kept it all.

    Will the single LNB work OK?
     

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  6. FlyingDiver

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    That looks like an SL3S LNB, so it will get 99/101/103, which is fine for what you want (including HD).
     
  7. jimmie57

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    Yes it is fine.
    You will not need the splitter for what you are going to do.
    Run a coax from the LNB to the power inserter and then a short coax from the power inserter to the receiver.
     
  8. Flugelman

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    What will you use to align the dish? Remember, if using a meter the SWiM LNB must be powered before powering the STB as it goes into a diagnostic mode. I see a lot of 5th wheels bolting the dish to the front of the goose-neck assembly if you're facing to the south. I use the Accutrac meter in my RV and it works well for me. PM me if you have questions..
     
  9. Richierich

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    Flugelman, You Are The Man!!! :D
     
  10. reubenray

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    I have been searching for Acutrac, but everywhere I go it is discontinued.
     
  11. jimmie57

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    I use the TV screen on the 101 sat signal strength.
    All you need is a helper to relay signals to you as you move the dish.
     
  12. reubenray

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    I have installed several dishes myself over the years without an instrument of any type. The one that is on my house now (pic 1) I installed and it seemed to be OK. A while back when I got the new HR34 I got D* to check it and it was OK. But I seem to recall it took a while longer to do it. I would not mind some type of instrument help, but I do not want to spend $100's of dollars for it.

    It has been several years since I installed a dish, but doesn't D* give the elevation, azimuth & tilt info somewhere on there receivers by inputting the zip code?
     
  13. jimmie57

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    Yes,
    Menu, Settings, Satellite and choose Repeat Satellite Setup

    You enter the zip in there and it gives the settings for that zip code.
     
  14. reubenray

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  15. litzdog911

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    Nope, that meter is junk. Won't work with SWM. Barely useful with regular non-SWM dishes. Why not just use the Receiver's built-in signal meter? Unless you'll be setting up the dish a LOT, it's not worth the several hundred dollars that a SWM-capable meter costs.
     
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  17. BobStokesbary

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    I too use the Accutrac 22 for my RV. Just be aware that you need a DirecTV ASL1 if you get the Accutrac meter. This is critical to get the satellite signal versus just the SWM signal. But I have no idea about its availability either. A quick internet search does not look good for either unit.
     
  18. reubenray

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    Will I need the ASL1 if I use just my receiver for fine tuning the dish?
     
  19. BobStokesbary

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    Nope. The ASL 1 is only necessary with the Accutrac meters. They seem to be the only ones that cannot filter out the SWM signal.
     
  20. reubenray

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    Due to the complexity of aligning a SWM dish without a meter I am thinking of using one of my other dishes instead. These are shown in my original post. I will be using a H24 receiver and do not care about getting local channels, but would want HD signals.

    What channels/satellite will I be able to get using one of my old dishes instead of the SWM dish?

    Edit: I may be over thinking this to much. Why do I need a SWM LNB? I will be only using one cable feed to the RV. When I setup the dish at my house (pre SWM) I had no issue with the setup and I was able to get all of the HD channels. So couldn't I just buy a non SWM LNB? I know that I will have to change the dish type in the receiver, but that cannot be hard to do.

    Will this one work?

    http://www.amazon.com/Directv-Sliml...F8&qid=1359720901&sr=8-3&keywords=directv+lnb
     

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