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How can I convince DISH to let me install an additional 722?

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by kcolg30, Oct 3, 2011.

  1. Oct 3, 2011 #1 of 15

    kcolg30 Godfather

    May 11, 2010
    I will be adding an additional 722 to my account. This will be the third unit. I already spoke with two supervisors and 3 reps. They all told me that I cannot do a self installation of an additional unit. Self installations can only be done when replacing a unit verses adding a new unit. They want to charge me $95 or $15 if I do the protection plan. It is amazing that it requires a rocket scientist to come to my house to plug in an HDMI cable, a coax and a power cable. I have been with DISH for 12 years and pay $237/per month and I guess they do not trust me to do an install with their equipment. Some how the masters degree that I completed last year in computer science does not grant me the necessary technical skills to plug in 3 cables and verify that the unit works. This is going in a room that already had a receiver a couple of years ago. I have already plugged in one of the spare 722's to verify that the RG6 cable works. Is this just DISH policy or do I need to try to get my PHD since apparently the DISH technicians have a speshul degree in plugging in cables.
  2. Oct 3, 2011 #2 of 15

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

    Jun 6, 2009
    I've seen this same kind of thing on other threads - Dish requiring a tech visit when one isn't necessary. I can't help it but wonder if it isn't in the vendor/dealer contracts to ensure they get as much business as possible.
  3. Oct 3, 2011 #3 of 15

    RasputinAXP Kwisatz Haderach of Cordcuttery

    Jan 23, 2008
    Buy one from Sadoun or on eBay.
  4. Oct 3, 2011 #4 of 15

    coldsteel Hall Of Fame

    Mar 29, 2007
    It's not a question of your competence. It's a question of Dish has a policy to not allow self-installs for new equipment as a liability/CYA issue. If the tech screws up, it's covered under warranty. If you screw up, it's $$$ out of your pocket to fix it.
  5. Oct 3, 2011 #5 of 15

    VDP07 Godfather

    Feb 22, 2006
    It isn't.
  6. Oct 3, 2011 #6 of 15

    flatus Legend

    Aug 18, 2006
    What sort of liability? If I pay for my own mistakes, how is that harming dish?

    Its strange, when I first became a dish customer, they were quite receptive to self installs and purchased equipment. A dozen years later, and now everyone is an idiot.
  7. Oct 3, 2011 #7 of 15

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2005
    You are correct....:lol:

    What was happening is people were doing really shoddy self-installs, and expecting someone to come out and fix it for free because they actually were incompetent to do their own installs...
  8. Oct 3, 2011 #8 of 15

    rrdirectsr Legend

    Jan 30, 2011
    I use to work for E* and now work for D* and it boils down to 1 thing for both companies. The ordering system recognizes that you don't have enough cables ran for 3 dual tuners so the SYSTEM automatically wants to send a tech. A cool work around is to activate a dead unit that use to be on the account (if one exists and is owned), process the order as an ungrade / replacement rather than an additional receiver and then right afterward deactivate the dead unit again. It has absolutely nothing to do with process, it has to do with the fact that the CSR and Sup can't overide the work order calendar from popping up. Alot of the time things that are pushed off as "process or policy" are simply workers that don't have work arounds for system / software limitations. 2 other possible options would be to possibly order thru the E* website since it may offer a shipping option or buy from a retailer. Hope this helps.
  9. Oct 3, 2011 #9 of 15

    jkane Icon

    Oct 12, 2007
    How long have you been a customer? If it's been 10 years or more, ask for a waiver of the install fee. If less, ask for a supervisor and see if they will let you install and accept the risks your self.

    Keep in mind, you may be missing some needed switch though. Dish has so many incomparable things compared to 1995 that it never fails that I need parts when I upgrade.

    Also, they may be wanting to move you to another set of satellites. My last install was for that purpose. When they waived the fee, I agreed as long as I could watch him every step of the way. I got lucky. He actually knew what he was doing. Unlike the two yahoo's before him that I had to repoint the dish for after they left.

    Call, don't use chat. Chat never works for me. I don't think it's really a human. Just canned responses. :p
  10. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    The problem in some cases, though, is that there are lots of people who will do a self-install and then complain if something goes wrong... and they will try and demand a free service call out of it.

    IF people would assume all the responsibility on a self-install, then I would agree with you... but unfortunately, people have proven they will scream at Dish when something they (the customer) did wrong causes a problem.

    That said... what others have said is true too... you might need something else in your equipment OR the Dish computers might have a wrong indication of your actual setup. Maybe they don't think you have a connection for that 3rd receiver OR maybe they think you need something... or maybe you actually do need something.
  11. speedboat

    speedboat AllStar

    Sep 22, 2009
    Going from Two Receivers with Dual Inputs, to a Three Receivers with Dual inputs will require additional equipment and re-wiring of the original receivers. It might be cheaper to just pay the $95 or the $15 w/service commitment.
  12. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    With a modern dish it most certainly does not involve messing with the existing setup. You simply run a new cable from the LNB assembly though a ground block to a diplexer and use two short cables to connect to the tuners. If you're lucky, all you need is the cable (and ends) a diplexer and the shorties.

    If you have an older ODU, you would need to add an appropriate switch at which point the cost starts looking prohibitive.
  13. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    Take a quick look at the "shame thread" where people have posted pictures of groteque installations (both DIY and "professional"). After looking at what some self-righteous slob thinks is "just as good as a perfeshinul", you may have a different idea of the importance of getting started right.

    With the advent of powered switchgear and LNB assemblies, there's more DC power on the line than their used to be and that short chunk of RG59 or the flat cable can lead to some melty stuff.

    DISH Network (and DIRECTV) has to assume the lowest common denominator and it is truly amazing how deep they have to dig. You don't really think a run-of-the-mill sales representative is going to be able to assess whether you know what you're doing from your personal assurance, do you?

    Cue the Jeff Spicoli explanation of how he's going to fix Jefferson's wrecked Camaro in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

  14. MikeJH@DISH Network

    MikeJH@DISH Network Guest

    Dec 28, 2010
    kcolg30, As everyone has said in this thread there is a liability issue with self installation that would cost you and DISH money to correct the installation that was not done correctly. The computer system may not know what your installation is able to support when you are going from a 2 DUO receiver installation to a 3 DUO setup even if you are able to support it. If you are looking to get another 722 I would be happy to assist you with getting this upgrade done. Please PM your account information.
  15. TBoneit

    TBoneit Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    I have seen the Shame thread..... Just WOW!

    Some of the stuff there truly belongs on There I fixed it... http://thereifixedit.failblog.org/

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