A couple questions for you.. What equipment did you have from Comcast? How many DVRs? How many non DVRs? I assume each DVR was two tuner. Also how many people in the house and abut how many series did you have set to record if you recall? Ball park it?
I had two DVR's and three small, basic $2.99 boxes that allow viewing to basic service. I could record two shows at once on each DVR, so I assume that's two tuners, and I used to have approx 10-12 series recording (again, I assume you're referring to programs/tv shows I had set to record). There are five people in the home. One strange thing, is they just 'Upgraded' my two DVR's to a setup that was one 'master' DVR and another 'slave' that only allowed access to DVR recordings, but I couldn't pause live TV on the slave box (that's why I assumed the Genie and Genie Minis would work the same and only allow access to the recordings on the Genie, not actually allow me to pause live TV). That was the LAST straw, so i cancelled service (too long to explain, but it was NUMEROUS issues with Comcast!).
That dish is up there, not sure if they'll want to mess with it or not. And if that's an old roundish, the entire mount is different. Meh may want to locate it differently, and not touch that one, which could be good IMHO.
As for tucking the wires under in the way down, that's really dependent on the installer and probably how nice you are and how prepared you are for him. The easier you have made his job in terms of pulling tvs out for easy access the happier he will probably be.
I'd let him drill the whole myself, so he can seal it with the stuff he carries with him.
I'm my experience most have been great installers, but as we all know there is no guarantee. Hopefully you get a great one and if its not to hard hell do whatever you ask to make it easy and nice.
Unfortunately, I think that's my only choice. Since it's a townhouse, I have a small backyard and it's entirely obstructed by trees. The roof is approx 20' feet high, but at the bottom is my concrete stairs going down into my basement, so a ladder can lock in there safely!
It would only take a minute to tuck that cable, but if they decline, I'll just do it myself. I have a ladder high enough for that (might just want to do it myself anyhow).
Good advice on making the TV's accessible. I normally do that
Thanks for the help!.
Keep in mind if you get HD DVRs for every TV instead of Genie mini clients, you will need four lines off that dish into your house instead of one. a SWM LNB with one coax output can only support 8 tuners.
A Genie (5) + 4 HD DVRs (8) would result in 13 tuners requiring a SWM 16 switch. That's four lines off the dish into the house, and then two outputs from the switch. Probably one dedicated to the Genie and the second output to your splitter to the other TVs.
As far as your dish goes, they will not be able to reuse that mount. Given it's location, they should be able to service it but may not have a ladder that tall on the truck. I'd let the installer drill any holes so that you can be sure it's where it needs to be based on where he ends up putting the dish, running the wire, etc. I would, however, stay involved and make sure you make clear to him where you want things run, etc. Don't be a pain, but don't be shy about how you want things done.
I'm still trying to comprehend all your info. I intend to get 1 Genie, 3 minis, and 1 HR24 DVR, so is that two cables coming off the dish?
I think this is the only suitable location for the Dish, considering the remainder of my property is obscured by trees. As a result, I think I'll need to be above the trees to obtain signal. Do you know if there's anyway to verify if the installer will work in that location before purchasing service?
Thanks for the help!
Edited by RickDel, 21 October 2013 - 07:55 AM.