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What equipment/Dish to go with new HR20/21

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by Bill D, Oct 26, 2007.

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  1. Bill D

    Bill D Godfather

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    Hello,
    Currently I have a 3 LNB Dish with built in switch that gives you 4 outputs, that feed my two SD tivos. I am going to be adding one HR20/21 in the near future. I would like to keep the other tivo's.

    Obviously I need the new 5LNB dish. I assume these have built in switches? What does it break out to, 4 outputs?

    If that is the case would I need some sort of other switch inside my house to get me from 4 to 6 outputs to feed the 3 DVR's?

    Just want to make sure I get what I need when I order.

    thanks
    Bill
     
  2. Greyshadow2007

    Greyshadow2007 Legend

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    You are correct, the 5-LNB dish does have a built in 4 port multiswitch. With the inputs you need for 3 DVRs you'll also want a multiswitch. The current one recommended by D* is the Zinwell WB68
     
  3. Spanky_Partain

    Spanky_Partain Active Member

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    I recommend having your dish installed. They will supply the correct switch and get it aligned properly. They supplied my Zinwll WB68 since I need it.
     
  4. litzdog911

    litzdog911 Well-Known Member

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    When you buy the HD DVR, request free installation. DirecTV typically provides free installation of the 5-LNB dish and required multiswitch when you buy new HiDef DVRs or Receivers.
     
  5. Bill D

    Bill D Godfather

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    Sounds good everyone, thanks for the info. I wasn't planning on even asking about doing my own install, climbing on roofs is where I end my DIY stuff. Much easier letting someone else take care of this stuff.

    Good to know multiswitch can go inside though, does it have to be a certain distance from the receiver or dish?
    thanks
     
  6. litzdog911

    litzdog911 Well-Known Member

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    Anything under 100-150 feet is fine.
     
  7. Milominderbinder2

    Milominderbinder2 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '08

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    Let DIRECTV do it all.

    The dish, switch, cables, etc. are all a part of what you get for free.

    These tips will help you make sure you get everything listed in your work order: HD DVR (HR20) Ordering Tips. Click each link especially the Agreement link to see this will create a new 2-year contract.

    Also, there are still a couple more days in the Big Ten Offer.

    - Craig
     
  8. Bill D

    Bill D Godfather

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    cool thanks
     
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