Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:42 PM
I keep the cooling fans clean, I have surge suppressors in the electrical panel, and a Monster Power outlet strip (came with the head) which I think is overkill.
Head is in a utility room far below grade level and admin doesn't heat it much, so room is always cool, I'd say mid 60s. Humidity gets a little high, but doesn't condense.
I made sure head is not on the backup generator, it takes several seconds to come on during an outage, so all the D* stuff has to reboot, the battery UPS works fine for the quick blinks we get from storms. Nobody can watch during an outage, but when the power comes back on, they hate waiting for a D* reboot.
I laugh, a couple of the residents inform me of issues long before admin gets around to it. I've had admin call a week after I have fixed something with the problem report.
We've kept an open mind about adding channels, residents had some input in the original selection, and except for ESPN, we've made tried to accommodate popular requests. Heck, they wanted Spike, and I added it.
Surprisingly, we have requests to drop channels. The news channels seem to irk a few, and they would like to see the boxes on something else. I put Bloomberg on temporarily during D* dispute with Speed (or whatever it was), I don't like blank channels. Bloomberg turned out to be popular with a few of them, and we wound up adding it after the dispute resolved.
I have Ebay'd modulators, combiners, etc. when I've added channels, when I start having wear out issues I'll probably do the same. Admin doesn't mind upfront $ (it's deductible) but monthly fees they watch very close.
Good idea about the tape on the sensors, I'd hate to go thru that.
I will put plastic sheeting in a few strategic areas, there is some plumbing in the room, and a leak could be a problem too.
I don't think very many staff (and fewer admin) even know this utility room even exists, which helps. Room has some unused wheel chairs, some unused nursing home equipment, but no personnel items from any resident. I suspect regular maintenance guy watches the monitor sometimes, I always leave the monitor on the local weather channel when I leave, and it is never on that channel when I get there. LOL.
I don't know how many receivers a single KaKu dish can run, but I am around 40, and with the splitters for the (unused) resident room boxes, it looks like the number would be over 80.