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New Mover Receiver Question

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by heisman6183, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    I don't think you would want a significantly smaller dish. Then again, I'm not sure I buy that they actually offer a noticeably smaller Ka/Ku dish. The Slimline (32.5" x 22.5") is only 2.87% smaller than the AT-9.
    You've already got at least three extra cables coming down.
     
  2. heisman6183

    heisman6183 AllStar

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    Yeah, that and the cables running down from the roof from the Dish Network dishes too. I'll just ask him to leave one up there then.
     
  3. heisman6183

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    Do DirecTV installers have a device that can tell which cables down in the basement go to which rooms upstairs for wiring purposes? If they install a SWM LNB then the power inverter will be in the basement and split off to the existing cable connections, but those aren't labeled or anything. I'm hoping this is the way it will go, anyway.
     
  4. harsh

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    It is safer to assume that everything will be left where it is as opposed to thinking that they are going to tidy everything up.
     
  5. heisman6183

    heisman6183 AllStar

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    Yeah, I'm thinking I'll put an antenna in the attic and try to run cable down to the basement as opposed to doing it outside. It's at least easier for access if needed.
     
  6. The Merg

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    What would be wrong with having a smaller dish? Also, the CSR just told him the dish is smaller than what he has, not that it is significantly smaller.

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  7. The Merg

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    No. Most likely, they will just disconnect all the cables in the basement and re-connect them to a SWM splitter.

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  8. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Their new AIM meter has the function to measure a coax with a 25 ohm load.
     
  9. BattleZone

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  10. heisman6183

    heisman6183 AllStar

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    Here's a question about my move. We're closing on our new house the same day the buyer of our old house is closing, and that's the day I have DirecTV scheduled to come out (in the afternoon). Do I just leave my satellite dish at my old house and will they come and uninstall it (or ask the new owners what they want to do) or should I take it off and leave the wiring outside?
     
  11. BattleZone

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    DirecTV does NOT uninstall dishes. Once installed, you own it, and what you do with it is up to you.

    Also, I *strongly* recommend that you do NOT schedule an install on "moving day." In many cases, it will just end up being rescheduled anyway, but you'll end up wasting your time and DirecTV's.

    In order for a tech to even start a Mover, you must have all of your receivers and remotes at the new house, with a TV at each one, and it is *strongly* recommended that all associated furniture (TV stands, etc.) is also present, so that nothing will be moved once installed. Due to the harsh penalties for the installers if anything isn't up to code, if you aren't fully prepared, you install will just get rescheduled, because they won't start a job that they can't complete and leave fully up-to-code.
     
  12. heisman6183

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    Can anyone explain why I still need a 72.5 dish to get my SD locals? I tried setting up my system using just the 5LNB in the selection menu and everything comes up, except my SD locals. I'm in Cedar Rapids, IA and I thought the locals already moved to another satellite. It doesn't seem to be an issue with HD locals, just SD. Do I need to change something else in my setup? I have a 5 LNB with the 6x8 multiswitch and the receiver connected to my SD TV is an H20-100. And the 72.5 dish is connected to one of the legacy ports on the switch.
     
  13. The Merg

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    Since March 2009, you should only be on one dish. As for SD locals, if you have a HD receiver hooked to your SDTV, just use the HD channels. Even thought the TV is SD, you will still see a better picture by using all HD channels on that TV.

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  14. heisman6183

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    I had another chance to look at the house today and I'm more confused. I located the DirecTV cables coming into the basement, and then they are split off and seem to go up into the house, but there wasn't a SWM involved anywhere. Is this a possible setup or does anyone have a clue what's going on? I know it's hard without a picture but the dish is a Slimline 3LNB with 4 lines running into the basement, then the lines (come in pairs of 2) are split off and it looks like it runs up to the rest of the house. There was no splitter involved, just a bridge connection for each line. It kind of looks like the connection I posted a picture of earlier in this thread, just on the inside of the house.
     
  15. veryoldschool

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    "Sounds like" there were only four tuners before, so each coax came off the dish and ran to the locations directly. What you see is a ground block on the four.
     
  16. heisman6183

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    So if I only have 2 receivers and don't plan on ever having more than 3, if I just hookup my receivers (assuming I find the right four connections as more than 4 rooms have cable hookups) will they work, or does my HD DVR still need 2 connections and the B-band converters?
     
  17. veryoldschool

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    This isn't a SWiM setup [since there are four cables from the dish] so two for each DVR will be needed and any model other than the HR23, will need the BBCs.
    You may need to find out where these four cable end up. If they go to four different rooms, then none will work for a DVR that has both tuners active.
    If you're planning on not having more than 3 receivers, switching to a SWiM LNB will work for you, as you can have four DVRs, all with a single coax to each.
     
  18. heisman6183

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    Yeah, I'm hoping they bring a SWiM LNB for the install as that would make things much better, especially since none of the wall plates in the house have 2 jacks, meaning no room is setup for a DVR without the SWiM. I will locate which rooms each cable in the basement go to (hopefully) in the couple days I have before the install to make life easier. Are there any advantages to a 5 LNB head over a 3 LNB? I don't know what programming comes off 110 and 119 that I watch, if there is any. I've noticed that any new installs in the area (they only get one dish now) have the 3 LNB (smaller) head.
     
  19. veryoldschool

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    If you're seeing the SL3, then your local SD doesn't come off 119.
    110 is basically gone, so that only leaves the international channels and a couple/few music channels on the 119.
     
  20. heisman6183

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    Yep, I just looked at the transponder map and it shows the SD channels coming off the 72.5 satellite so I'll see if my TV can display the HD locals so I can disconnect the small dish. Are these good for anything, like a portable setup or something? What can they pick up if pointed correctly?
     

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