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New Genie Installation -signal strength question

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by Orm941, Nov 14, 2013.

  1. Orm941

    Orm941 New Member

    Nov 14, 2013
    Medford OR
    Hello from a New Guy,

    I have an installation of the Genie system coming up. Getting new dish, LNB, SWM, and receiver.

    Checking signal strength with my current system, sats 101, 119, 103s, 103ca, and 103cb look good with transponder signal strengths in the high 80s to high 90s.

    Sat 99c is of concern. Readings vary from low 80s to low 90s on clear days, but on cloudy days, strengths degrade to mid 70s to mid 80s.

    I understand that Genie installation requires signal strength of 80 or better.

    Running Systems Test passes with all items OK.

    Could this be an aiming issue or should I be looking at something else?

    Thanks for your help,
  2. west99999

    west99999 Icon

    May 11, 2007
    I think Oregon signal for 99 is usually lower than other parts of the US but I'm not certain on that. Signal varies by regions as for as what is "required to activate" 80 may be fine in Oregon (not sure) but where I am in the south 80 will not get you activated.
  3. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    You might want to "fine tune" off of the 99 SAT.
    On the west coast, 99 is the farthest and lowest SAT.
    On the east coast it's one of the 103s.
  4. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

    Jan 10, 2008
    There is no such "requirement" however, the better your dish is aligned the best it will perform during rain.

    but there is nothing to worry about as "DirecTV" will make sure the dish is aligned properly
  5. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    I'm in Seattle, and my 99c signals range from 86 to 95. I'm farther north and west than you, so that shouldn't be a factor in signal level. A minor tweaking of your dish alignment should bring your signals up a bit.
  6. Orm941

    Orm941 New Member

    Nov 14, 2013
    Medford OR
    Thanks to all for the help.

    The install occurred today. The installer found:
    - cracked LNB
    - dish mounting to pole allowing too much movement
    - crimped connectors instead of compression connectors

    Installer mounted new dish and LNB. Replaced crimp connectors with compression connectors.

    Signal now in high 80s to mid 90s.

    Genie working great. All signals best ever.

    Input from the forum helped me talk to the installer much more intelligently about the problems.

    Thanks again!
  7. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

    Jan 10, 2008
    Awesome. Thanks for the update.

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