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New roof: fewer Dishes?

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by EricM1, Jun 15, 2010.

  1. EricM1

    EricM1 Cool Member

    Nov 25, 2006
    We're going to put a new roof on the house (Seattle area), and I'm trying to figure out what to do about the two satellite dishes that are up there right now.

    Here's the current equipment:
    VIP 622 with two coax cables to DP34 switch
    Old dual LNB dish (Dish 500?) for 110 and 119
    Newer single LNB dish (for 129) (about 26 inch diameter, upgraded size for better signal strength)

    Can I replace my two dishes with a single Dish 1000.2? If I do, will the 129 signal be degraded, as before?

    Or can I just install a DPPlus Triple LNBF from a Dish 1000.2 on my existing 26" dish?

  2. scooper

    scooper Hall Of Fame

    Apr 22, 2002
    Youngsville NC
    If you weren't satisfied with 129 signal before, there's no reason to think anything has changed. Use the same setup you had before the roof was replaced.
  3. EricM1

    EricM1 Cool Member

    Nov 25, 2006
    I have to move the older dish, since it's up so high that I can't get to it without risking life and limb. If I leave things as they are, it will be relocated next to the newer dish. I'm just looking for a way to clean up the installation.

    Perhaps I can just put a triple bracket on the 26" dish and put all three LNBs on it.
  4. BobaBird

    BobaBird EKB Editor

    Mar 30, 2002
    Your current setup has a DPP Twin and a Dual (not Dual and Single). The larger dish for 129 was for the weak signal from the E*5 satellite previously in that slot. The new Ciel-II satellite now at 129 provides a strong signal to the Pacific NW, so you can now use a Dish 1000.2.
  5. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    The big single was popular for 129W when E5 had gone wobbly. Now that Ciel2 has replaced it, a Dish 1000.2 should work fine.

    The big dish is designed for a single focus so it isn't really suitable for a multi-slot LNB assembly.
  6. EricM1

    EricM1 Cool Member

    Nov 25, 2006
    Thanks, Bobabird.

    I guess I could have been more clear. The smaller, older dish has two discrete LNBs that were replaced when the newer bigger dish (with one LNB) was installed for HDTV.
  7. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    If it is a single focus dish you may be doing more harm than good. The 1000.2 dish is designed to focus each satellite at a different LNB ... most single dishes are designed to focus a single satellite beam.

    Hopefully all three LNBs are in the system ... 119 and 110 from the smaller dish and 129 from the big dish. By "replaced" I hope you mean old LNBs (probably legacy) were replaced by a newer LNB (DISHPro or DISHPro Plus) on the old dish.
  8. BattleZone

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007
    Concur 100%. The correct solution is to install a Dish 1000.2 and eliminate the old dishes, the DP34 switch, and to run single lines to each receiver, using DPP Separators on the dual tuners.
  9. EricM1

    EricM1 Cool Member

    Nov 25, 2006
    Thanks for the advice, folks. I've scheduled a Dish service call to install a Dish 1000.2 in place of the 129 dish. The roofers will have to take down the old Dish 500, since I put it so high up that the Dish tech's won't touch it!

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