In prep for the big day on Saturday, I have been tearing into my current system and areas around it to make it fast and easy for the installer. In doing so I have found a couple surprises. The main one is all three feeds from the DPP44, 1.8GHz cable at best, that are running down an unused capped off chimney with two doglegs are shredded at the top and in the firebox by Raccoons last July. I have never seen anything like it. As amazed as I am that I still have service is how our fat *** Raccoons could fit past the metal cap and down the chimney. I think this shows how hardy DISH gear is. Needless to say everything will need to be replaced. I was looking to use two of the old runs for OTA and/or power to the DPP44 which will need to remain, two dish set up.
What I am curious about is what, if any, are the limits in how much cable can be run? The last revamp was done by DISH so it's been done once before when the dishes were moved on the top of the chimney by DISH in 2000 when I had a new roof put on. So I will have to do the work up there, which I do not mind, since DISH doesn't do roofs. The roof side is waist high. The ground side, which DISH has tried to scale before is 40' of brick. Matter of fact if I could get a spool of 3G cable and the new Hopper gear I could have this pounded out in a couple of hours and save some poor soul the time on me. In all there will need to be 4 runs from the Duo Node and one for the power to the DPP44 with the OTA piggybacked. So 4 runs of about 60' and one of 80'. For the OTA and Power I have two new Holland DPD2 Separators. All the rest will need to be new Hopper rated stuff. If I need to run the 5th line for the OTA and DPP44 power myself that's no problem, but I would like to have it done before the installer comes.
What I have ready:
I have cleared and cleaned to make it the most perfect environment for the installer. I have parking and work areas ready right off the area where all the work will need to be done. I have two braided nylon lines run to pull cable up the chimney. Although cutting the cables (3) at the base, anywhere that there is gnawing, and using those to pull would be just as easy. Need two 3' jumpers from the main dish and 1-5' from the wing dish to the DPP44 right inside the top of the chimney; 1-8' from Antenna that will connect by the DPP44 to carry power to the DPP44. Then it's straight runs to the new gear. A Hopper and Joey goes in a rack in the basement and connects into a distribution system. 4 of the 5 runs end there too. And the long run to another Hopper is a straight shot to a room on the same level as the lines come in. No walls or fancy hiding needed. The cable can be left out in the open. I will "hide" it as I replace or install cable channel moulding as soon as the install is done. Internet connections are WiFi and hardwire at each location as is telco. The rack has rails that hold the boxes without shelves so that the units have 360° of airflow. connect, place and done. Oh and there will be fresh homemade bake goods as an incentive or sustenance during. I think it's pretty cut and dry . . . ?
Oh and the rep that wrote the order after I told her that I only wanted 2 Hoppers and a Joey, wrote it for the number of TV's I have, which isn't necessary. Once corrected, she changed the order and now in my online account it shows that I am to return twice as much (two sets) gear including a unit that I own. I trust the tech can resolve this, right?
So should I expect any more surprises or is this as simple as I'm thinking? Any info will be greatly appreciated.
What it looks like from the "DISH" side: