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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by Milominderbinder2, Oct 19, 2006.
9 in high x 6 in wide
Here is the manual for the SlimLine Dish and the on-line Video Instructions.
I have added those links to the HR20 FAQ.
I would always urge you to have a qualified professional install your dish to make sure of the installation, in particular the grounding.
I have an install for an HR20 and 5 LNB dish on Sunday. I have done some crazy re-wiring of my house to allow several TV's to share a receiver and I'm terrified the installer might cause problems. I was hoping somebody could answer what it will take to get the new dish.
Here's my setup as done by a previous DTV install:
3 LNB Dish, with a standard multiswitch. I have 4 lines coming into the basement, at which point they are connected to some sort of "bridge" where 4 coax connecters lead to 4 lines out to my various Tvs. 2 go to my HR10-250, the other 1 goes to the bedroom, and 1 I have in to a 3rd receiver, sits right below the bridge, and outputs to 3 different tvs.
My real question is this. Assuming they can use the same lines on the roof, (with a 6 x 8 multiswitch on the order), can everything remain pretty much the same in the basement? It seems to me it can, with me having to do little more than pull the wires out the back of my HR10-250, and putting them right into the HR20.
I'm putting an HR20 next to an HR10-250...I only have one antenna cable...can I just split that cable so I can have an antenna line to each unit or do I have to get something more sophisticated?
Yes you can split the antenna cable. Your signal will probably drop a little but you can split the cable.
Thanks...that's what I thought...the installer kept insisting that it's not possible and that it would not work...
I forced him to use a splitter...sure enough, it didn't work and I had to eat my words...then I checked his connection and found that he had connected the cable to the wrong connection (rf antenna, not the atsc antenna input)...
fixed the connection and everything works fine...
Splitters take at least 3.5 dB. The ones form Home Depot, etc. are so bad they are not even rated.
A powered Distribution Amp may be a better choice.
The best source I know of for all of the amps, splitters, and antennas is Solid Signal. Their prices are great and they ship almost instantly. They will also talk you through gettingexactly the right equipment if you call them at: 866-374-4625.
yep...the one I have is rated at 3.5...still have perfect picture so I'm not worried...
summary of installation: installer insisted that they are only allowed to connect the HR20 via component. He said a lot of people have trouble getting locals off the SAT from HDMI and his supervisor has ordered him to only connect via component...I just laughed at him and connected it through HDMI...he kept telling me "it's your responsibility" if it doesn't work and that a service call would come out of his pocket...
so be on the lookout...seems at least one company in Northern VA is doing this!
RG-6 lines were connected through a "filter" of some sort then to the HR20...don't know what that is for...
installer says he's been installing HR20s for a year (!) and I'm the first one who demanded connecting an OTA line...as I said above, he didn't even know where the ATSC input was...
I have read that the slimline bracket size is 9 inches by 6 inches. If mounting to wood, how long are the screws?
john, I used 2.5" lag screws - no problems
That's what I needed to know.
Yes, talked myself into getting the HR-20. Had a conversation the Direct CR concering the Football ST plus Superfan, got the deal I wanted (very good) , than asked about the upgrade from my HR10. So, got it for S&H and will be installed tomorrow morning.
Very happy with the football cost and just the shipping is OK. NOW, will the HR20 work or be a nightmare !
My installer came today, but had to reschedule because he didn't have a tall enough ladder to reach the top of my two-story roof. No biggie, I can wait a few more days.
But the question I have is the installer brought with him a HR20-100. He says that is all they have in their warehouse.
Should I take a 100 when he comes back or should I try to get a 700?
Is there a major difference? I want to use the esata feature in the future.
There is no real difference in the two. It does not really matter what one you get. As of right now the -700 gets newer software first but they will probably start getting them at the same time at some point. The -100 lately has only been about a week behind getting the newer software. The -100 does have a digital coaxial connection that the -700 does not.
Thanks for clearing that up!
Few report any real differences between the -100 and -700.
The biggest issues relate to how you set up your installation. Please see the Installation Tips below.
Im having a Hr20 and a 5 lnb dish installed .I currently have a 3 lnb dish
My question:Is it best to take down the 3 LNB or leave it up and use both.
In one room I have a HDTV and a HR20 DVR and in another I have a standard tv with a DVR
:welcome_s to DBStalk
The 5 LNB dish has 4 lines from it just like the 3 LNB dish does. I would take down the 3 LNB dish after the new 5 LNB dish is installed and only use the one dish. Your SD DVR will work perfect with the new dish.
Getting an HR20 and one of the standard definition DVRs installed next week. I've read through this thread as well as the Installation Tips PDF, but still have a couple of questions:
1. "Make sure they install 4 new RG-6 wires..."
My install will be at a newly constructed house and I had cabling run to the 2 rooms that will have the receivers. Will those already be RG-6?
2. "Verify that they will install a Zinwell 6x8 Multi-Switch..."
With 4 tuners total between the 2 units, will I need a multi-switch?
I have a feeling I might be confused and maybe asking the wrong thing with both questions. But these forums have been great for information and feedback.
Hopefully you have RG6. The wire is labeled on the side.
You do not need a multiswitch unless you have more than 4 tuners. That's tuners, not receivers. The HR20 Receiver has 2 Satellite tuners.