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D* CSR's don't understand me asking for 3 LNB on HD upgrade install...?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by akgarrett62, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. akgarrett62

    akgarrett62 Cool Member

    Oct 24, 2008
    It's like they all think that the 5 LNB is all that they carry for HD. I asked the lady to put in their notes that I want a 3 LNB w/my HD upgrade...she's like "uh, okay".

    Do they not understand not all markets needs to see all 5 sats for HD? I am off of Nashville market, and 3 LNB for HD is perfect.

    what's up with that?
  2. curt8403

    curt8403 Hall Of Fame

    Dec 27, 2007

    most reps don't know, and do not care/
    the ordering system automatically picks the correct dish for you depending on area
  3. say-what

    say-what Active Member

    Dec 14, 2006
    New Orleans
    The CSR can't guarantee equipment and it doesn't matter what you request. It's what the installer has in stock. You'll get a dish capable of receving HD signals with your HD upgrade.
  4. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    Also, make sure you're asking for the Slimline3 or SL3 dish. If you're asking for a 3LNB you will likely get a Phase III dish, the old oval dish which cannot receive 99c or 103c.
  5. RobertE

    RobertE New Member

    Jun 9, 2006
    As others have pointed out, a CSR has zero ability to specify what LNB the tech will bring. That will be determined by the computer automatically based on where your SD locals come from. If they are from the 119 slot, you will get a 5 LNB. If this is the case, I'd be very surprised if your local warehouse even had the SL3. If your SD locals come from 101, then you may get the SL3. Some areas have been using them for a month, others (like Cleveland) have their heads buried in the sand and refuse to issue them.

    You actually stand a good chance of making things worse by specifying a 3 LNB, for the techs that means the 18*20 ODU aka triple sat.

    My advice, stop trying to work around the system. It does pretty good on it's own most of the time.
  6. Ken S

    Ken S RIP

    Feb 12, 2007
    Why do you care whether you get a 5LNB or 3LNB setup as long as it works and you get the channels you pay for?
  7. evan_s

    evan_s Hall Of Fame

    Mar 3, 2008
    As others have said you are running into a frustrating situation because you are really trying to do something that can't be done. CSR don't setup what parts are used on an install. They can't even if they want to. The system automatically determines what you need for the install based on it's setup and that is it. It is the same problem people had trying to get an HR20 instead of a HR21. If you read about a new tech and want or need it for some reason your best bet is to buy it yourself or wait for it to become the new standard for DirecTV.
  8. SDizzle

    SDizzle Hall Of Fame

    Jan 1, 2007
    Roseville, CA
    Is a SL5 and SL3 the same size and weight?!? Why would you care which one you get? It's not like a receiver you see and use everyday.
  9. sswheeler

    sswheeler Legend

    Aug 27, 2008
    With some installers, if they can't see 110 or 119 they will refuse the install. If a person only needs the SL3 for the install, then there is an easier chance to have an easy install done for the installer. From what I have seen, if an installer doesn't like the situation for the install or too difficult, they will make excuses to cancel it.
  10. joe diamond

    joe diamond Hall Of Fame

    Feb 28, 2007

    Why do you care? Count channels! My last gig with an HSP sub involved eq being pulled from trucks to be returned to a central office for inventory even though the motor was running and the customer was waiting.

    DTV offers to provide the service you order. Providing that service is an opera with many strange scenes. While it is a goofy progression you can't play.

    If you want to micromanage.....study what is in a hot dog or how a law gets through congress. Beer helps!

  11. joe diamond

    joe diamond Hall Of Fame

    Feb 28, 2007

    There used to be a $25.00 pay for a NLOS....(No Line of Sight). It just disappeared. So you now drive to the address on the work order and what?...........explain why the chances of getting a signal are so low that getting out of the truck is a waste of time?

    There is no money in customer interface. Sometimes an alternate dish location can be established. When the customer understands what this installation will cost.........the cost of the engineering and proposal will be eaten by the conscientious tech. The drive-by guy is working on the next obvious job.

  12. joe diamond

    joe diamond Hall Of Fame

    Feb 28, 2007

    Many service calls are resolved by selecting the correct dish from the menu.
    The 5LNB had three horns.....the phase III has three horns....and it goes like that.

    What is needed is MacDonalds management! Big buttons and color coding the whole mess.

  13. RobertE

    RobertE New Member

    Jun 9, 2006
    Don't I know it. I don't know how many service calls have been fixed on the drive to the customers house. Counting the "things" on the dish never works. :nono2:

    Pull up, get out.
    Me "working now?"
    Customer: "yes"
    Me "Sign here"

    And just to confuse the hell out of everyone:
    Single/Dual LNBs have one feed horn, aka "thingy"
    3lnb aka triple sats have 3. How about that.
    International dishes have 2
    Now the real fun begins.
    The AT-9, SL5 & SL5s all have 3 but is a 5 lnb
    and just to keep peeps on their toes
    the SL3 & SL3s has 1 but is 3 LNBs.


    Don't count the thingys :p
  14. akgarrett62

    akgarrett62 Cool Member

    Oct 24, 2008
    I called back twice to make sure they new I was talking about the SL3, and they said they noted it...so I'm counting on them.

    so maybe I will even get the SWM technology... I can't use the 5LNB cause no LOS on 119, but in our market we don't need it anyway...and that's even according to our local installers and local D* dealers.
  15. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

    Jan 21, 2003
    Basically you'll only get an SL3 if it's available in your local market and the installers have some. If they don't you can buy one online like at Solid Signal and then either install it yourself or hire someone to install it for you.

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