1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Welcome to the new DBSTalk community platform. We have recently migrated to a community platform called Xenfono and hope you will find this change to your liking. There are some differences, but for the most part, if you just post and read, that will all be the same. If you have questions, please post them in the Forum Support area. Thanks!

Vip211k chk switch

Discussion in 'ViP211(411)/211K/222 Support Forum' started by K Charles, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. K Charles

    K Charles New Member

    3
    0
    Oct 23, 2013
    CT
    I got a 211 for the rv and hooked to a 500 dish it worked but not at home because 119 ? is to low in the sky. I have DirecTV and a portible dish with one LNB so I tried that at 62.5 it worked. Left home and used the 500, came home again and when I do the check switch it says I have nothing. Can the LNB just go bad or did it always say nothing connected even when it worked? I think it used to say CONN on port 1 but it says X now.
     
  2. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    21,192
    182
    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    23 degrees doesn't really qualify as low in the sky unless you're near mountains or some very tall hills; something I wouldn't expect to see a lot of in Connecticut.

    The ViP211 may work with an old school DIRECTV dish as it could see it as a "legacy" DISH 300.

    A DISH 500 would likely have a DP Twin or DPP Twin LNB assembly that would require a check switch to let the receiver know what it is dealing with.

    A less iffy solution would be to point the DISH 500 at 61.5W and hope to be able to pick up 72.7 as well by splitting the difference.

    Doing some quick math, that comes out to an elevation of 41.3 degrees with 6.1 degrees tilt counterclockwise. Again, you need to run a check switch to let the receiver know what manner of LNB it is working with.
     
  3. K Charles

    K Charles New Member

    3
    0
    Oct 23, 2013
    CT
    When I went from the foldup dish to the 500 I did a check switch, then another when I went back. On the second time back to the fold up dish the check switch said there was no dish, I think that's what it means. I had an "X" where "CONN" was before. If the LNB is gone I'll just get another but I don't want to buy one if something else is wrong. I don't like to carry the 500 in the camper. I have DiresTV at the house and can only get that to work from the top of the barn because of the trees on the hill to the west of us.
     
  4. RBA

    RBA Active Member

    932
    45
    Apr 14, 2013
    TEXAS
    If you aren't aimed at a satellite a check switch isn't going to find anything. When you run a switch test it should run through 38 tests if it detects a "Legacy" LNB or no signal.
     
  5. K Charles

    K Charles New Member

    3
    0
    Oct 23, 2013
    CT
    When I do a check switch with the dish 500 LNB inside the camper with no dish after the 38 tests it says "conn" in port 1 and port 2 but when I do a test switch with the Winegard fold up (that did work with the 211) after the 38 tests it has an "X" under port 1. My question is, does that mean the LNB is bad or is something else wrong? The 211 does work with the 500 if I drive up on the hill.
     
  6. Nov 3, 2013 #6 of 16
    RBA

    RBA Active Member

    932
    45
    Apr 14, 2013
    TEXAS
    On the hill you have a signal else where you don't and the LNB is good but a switch test has to see a satellite signal.
     
  7. May 8, 2014 #7 of 16
    nitehawk62

    nitehawk62 New Member

    1
    0
    May 6, 2014
    United States
    my vip 222k goes through 50 test and doesn't report any switch. tested with a LNB from a 1000.2 and a 1000.4 lnb. does tyhis mean the problem is with my receiver or the LNB,s why the 50 test and not the 38??
     
  8. May 8, 2014 #8 of 16
    RBA

    RBA Active Member

    932
    45
    Apr 14, 2013
    TEXAS
    Again it appears you do not have a satellite signal.. Just connecting a LNB without it being aimed at a satellite is going to only show CONNECTED. If it does not identify the LNB suspect a receiver problem.
     
  9. May 8, 2014 #9 of 16
    Mike.H_DISHNetwork

    Mike.H_DISHNetwork DISH Representative DISH Representative

    310
    15
    Feb 1, 2011
    [SIZE=medium]Are you connecting your 222k in a RV or in the home? If an RV, what type of dish are you connecting to? Are you getting any error messages after you perform a test? Please let me know to further assist you.[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=medium]Thanks [/SIZE]
     
  10. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    21,342
    127
    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
     
     
    remove any check mark on that switch test screen (I recall Alternative mark would go to 50 tests)
     
  11. dar

    dar New Member

    1
    0
    Jun 6, 2014
    Grand...
    Can anyone help me. I have a vip211 receiver and a dish 500 in zip code 55605 and only 1 tv. We have had this for some years. I want HD channels so now put up a dish 1000.2 instead. After doing everything you are suppose to . . . I still have only 119 & 110. I keep reading that I need new software so that my receiver will recognize the dish 1000.2. I even called Dish Network and they are no help except to send a tech. People say to go to dish pointer and I have, but again it does not give results for 129. Anyone have some suggestions?
     
  12. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    21,342
    127
    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    119w is enough to get current FW, so keep it for while, it will update
    post screenshot with switch matrix, no need to use words what is there what is not
     
  13. RBA

    RBA Active Member

    932
    45
    Apr 14, 2013
    TEXAS
    Which 1000.2 dish do you have Western Arc or Eastern Arc?
     
  14. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    21,342
    127
    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    if he would post pictures of the dish, switch, screenshots it would be easy to help him
    then wait for partial wording ...
     
  15. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    21,192
    182
    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    Grand Portage is probably in the Duluth DMA so I'm guessing they're set up for WA with a 1000.2.
     
  16. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    21,192
    182
    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    With only one post to their credit, posting pictures probably isn't an option.
     

Share This Page