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Upgrading to HD with legacy LNB

Discussion in 'DISH™ High Definition Discussion' started by spatz_dbs, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. Mar 1, 2013 #1 of 15
    spatz_dbs

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    I first got my system in the late 90s. I have an HD TV, and would like to get a HD receiver. Is it true that a 211k can have a USB hard drive added for DVR capabilities? Will I need to re-align the dish/lnb to lock onto the HD beam?(129 I think?, currently 110/119 are the locked beams).
     
  2. Mar 1, 2013 #2 of 15
    P Smith

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    no re-align will help you - call CSr and ask, they will install 1k4 dish

    yes, it's written over the forums - pay $40 and use it as DVR
     
  3. Mar 1, 2013 #3 of 15
    shadough

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    The 211 will become a DVR with an external HD for a 1 time $40 fee. The legacy equipment can work, but u would need an additional dish aimed at 129 (assuming u have line of sight). Now to integrate the orbitals into 1 cable, that's the tricky part. An SW64 switch would work, assuming you can find one. I think it's also possible to use a SW21 switch to combine 110/119 an then a second SW21 to add in the 129, but not sure if it'll work. I've seen it done before but......who knows. This is assuming that the current dish has individual lnbs for each orbital. If your dish lnb is a single assembly, otherwise known as a legacy quad, then using the SW21 to add in 129 or 72 should work. Upgrading the dish might be easier, or changing the lnb on the dish to a dish pro twin (with a 2nd dish input) and then you'd still need a 2nd dish aimed at 129 or 72 to get all the HD channels.
     
  4. Mar 1, 2013 #4 of 15
    spatz_dbs

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    Yeah it's a SW21, used to have two receivers hooked up to it. So maybe I'll get a new DISH later in the year.

     
  5. Mar 1, 2013 #5 of 15
    P Smith

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    To cascade SW21 you will need second one with modified FW, usually it's naming as SW21X.
     
  6. Mar 2, 2013 #6 of 15
    Jim5506

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    It would be easier just to buy a D1000.2 and put it up in place of your D500, all the switching is built in, just run the cable.
     
  7. Mar 2, 2013 #7 of 15
    garys

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    Where in PA are you. Most of PA can only get HD on EA and not WA (129 may be too low).
     
  8. Mar 3, 2013 #8 of 15
    spatz_dbs

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    This might work better.
     
  9. Mar 3, 2013 #9 of 15
    spatz_dbs

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    Altoona area.

     
  10. P Smith

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    Why do not call CSR and get it free with install ? :confused:
     
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    Your locals are on WA so 129 shouldn't be a problem.
     
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  14. P Smith

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    Oops.
     
  15. spatz_dbs

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    I thought for a second he was linking to an old account I had years ago asking when locals were coming to Cenral PA. Sadly I can't remember what that login is anymore.

     

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