1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Sat strength different on different receivers?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by dwilli57, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. dwilli57

    dwilli57 New Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    Does anybody know why I cannot get some HD channels on my HR21-200 in the living room but I CAN get them on my H23-600 in a different room? ESPNU is one and when I check signal strength it's always better on some sats on the H23. Does the DVR really need a stronger signal to receive???

    I'm in a marginal area to receive a signal at all with a large hill to my south so I'm happy to get anything.

    thanks for any help.
  2. texasbrit

    texasbrit Well-Known Member

    Aug 9, 2006
    How much different? Anything over a couple of points might indicate you have a cabling problem. Have you tried swapping over the receiver/DVR and see if the low signals stay in the room or move with the box?
  3. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    How do you figure?
  4. jdspencer

    jdspencer Hall Of Fame

    Nov 7, 2003
    We need additional information.
    Assuming you have a Slimline dish, is it a SWM installation or not?
    If not SWM, is there a multiswitch being used?
  5. dwilli57

    dwilli57 New Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    They recently changed me from a slimline 5 to a slimline 3.
    HR21: 101: upper 90s,
    102: low 80's
    103ca: mid 30's
    103cb: mid 30's
    101: upper 90's
    110: upper 90's
    119: upper 90s
    99c: 80
    103ca: 40
    103cb: 40

    I don't know enough to know why I get some different sats w/ different receivers but I always seem to get all the HD on the H23, and often it's "searching for signal" on the HR21. This past weekend I couldn't get 702, the PGA match on DTV's special channels but could get it on TNT245 and CBS2 , both HD.

  6. Manctech

    Manctech Icon

    Jul 5, 2010
    If your signal is in the 40's then you are just barely picking up those HD channels. The other receiver in the 30's probably is not.

    Signal difference can vary from receiver to receiver. It depends on the cabling, connectors, wall plates, length of cable, type of cable, etc etc.

    If one receiver is 10ft from the dish and the other is 150ft on the other side of the house, the signals will not be identical.

    Really you need to setup a Service call and have your dish re-aligned.

Share This Page