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Trash picking a Satellite Dish

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by siafu_kali, Jun 28, 2014.

  1. siafu_kali

    siafu_kali New Member

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    Hi,

    I am looking to help my inlaws set up a second DTV satellite dish at their summer cottage. I was planning on purchasing an HD Dish, but on a walk this afternoon, we came across someone who was throwing out a DTV dish that looks like it would be perfect. However I'm a little confused and looking for some help.

    The dish appears to be a SWM5. The Dish size is 22.5 in. x 32.5 in, and it has a green sticker on the LNB with SL5S4NR4-01 on it. There is only one port for a cable that is then split in two with a DirectTV MSPLIT2R1-03 splitter. So what I found was the dish, LNB, one cable coming out of the LNB split by the splitter into two cables, and the two cables dangling -- cut after a couple of feet from the splitter.

    I'm used to the old LNBs that are powered by the reciever, but doing some Googling on these part numbers makes it look like I'll need to get a power inserter? However it's unclear to me how a power inserter would have worked in this setup, since the cable was split so close to the dish. Disconnecting the cables, I see that their are two ports on the splitter that have red interiors (the one on the top and the left one on the bottom) and one is orange. I'm guessing I should send the power from the inserter up the left side of the splitter and the splitter will continue to send the power up to the LNB.

    Is this correct, and is this all I should need (other than a pre-Geni DTV HD DVR)?
     
  2. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    Correct. You need a 21v power inserter which connects to the red port on the splitter


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  3. studechip

    studechip Godfather

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    You do need a power inserter, either a 21 or 29 volt model. It must be on the power passing port of the splitter, which should be described by a line on the splitter.
     
  4. litzdog911

    litzdog911 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    Did you ask why they're tossing that stuff? Are you sure it works?
     
  5. damondlt

    damondlt New Member

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    Swm 5 lnb is 21,
    Swm 16 Multiswitch is 29
     
  6. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    the 29v works with a SWM LNB as well
     
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  7. siafu_kali

    siafu_kali New Member

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    Thanks everyone. I'm not sure why they were tossing it. Actually, it was in a pile of 3 dishes, two 18" (one from DTV and one from Dish Networks) and the oval DTV one. I'm assuming that whoever put them out on the curb was getting rid of them and put them out for others who might not want to purchase a satellite dish. I'm planning on testing it out before taking it to the summer cottage, but wanted to make sure I understood the hardware before wiring things up, or purchasing power inserters. I can use the current dish to orient where to point the satellite. One orientation question that I have though -- this satellite dish appears like it can pick up all 5 DTV satellites, but where to I point it (I also downloaded a satellite pointing app, but they want to know which satellite as an input)? Do I point it at 103 to it as 99/101 on one side and 110/119 on the other?
     
  8. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    all DirecTV dishes are aligned using the 101 satellite


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  9. siafu_kali

    siafu_kali New Member

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    Thanks!
     
  10. litzdog911

    litzdog911 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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  11. carl6

    carl6 Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Well, no, that isn't true. But the dish he is working with aligns to the 101.
     
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  12. damondlt

    damondlt New Member

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    Yeah peds , remember this is history, your info needs to be the most up-to-date and accurate.
    Sound familiar?
     
  13. coolman302003

    coolman302003 2014 NBA CHAMPIONS!

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    Since it was just thrown out in a pile I would inspect to make sure the reflector is not bent...
     
  14. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    that info is 100% accurate. Even the 18x20 dish gets aligned using the 101 satellite


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  15. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    please do tell why is not true


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  16. damondlt

    damondlt New Member

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    You wouldn't aline to the 101 if your setting up 72.5 or 95 .
    You brought this on yourself you know.
     
  17. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    The 21V power inserter is very hard to find at the moment. The 29V power inserter is 100% approved by DIRECTV for SWM dishes.
     
  18. damondlt

    damondlt New Member

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    Not on ebay, just found 25 of them.
     
  19. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    Nice try. The 72.5 is no longer in use and you align the international dish using the dual LNB that points to the 101. So my comments stands and is 100% correct.
     
  20. slice1900

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    I thought the 101/110/119 triple sat dish aligned on the 110?
     

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