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Signal Strength Meter

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by KC2LLW, May 11, 2009.

  1. KC2LLW

    KC2LLW AllStar

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    When I check my signal strength I see two different reading. If I check it on the 1-32 transponder I get a lower reading say transponder 1-8 92,68,90,88,91,96,85,90. when I check them individually I will see Transponder 1-96 2-89 3-95 4-98 5-95 6-98 7-98 8-96. when I peak my dish I am using the individual transponder as I use the sound as a guide to peak the dish.Does anyone know why I am getting two different readings?
    Steve
     
  2. boba

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    What receiver?
    When you look at signal strengths does it vary like 89-92 as you are watching it. When you do 32 transponders it is grabbing the signal strength for a transponder then moving to the next transponder so the cumulative display is many points in time.
     
  3. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Which satellite are you viewing and what receiver do you have?

    Try this signal strength reporting tool.

    http://signal.dvrdns.org/

    Mike
     
  4. KC2LLW

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    It is a R15-500 101 sat
     
  5. KC2LLW

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    When I look at the complete transponders screen 1-32 displaying all the transponders at once the readings are way different then when I look at each individual transponder one at a time on the signal bar receiver is R15-500 101 sat
     
  6. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    What "I see" here is that the large screen is only taking a "snap shot" of each transponder. During this time the bit error rate [since the % isn't power but error rate] is higher than when you use the "signal meter" which [again] is still bit error rate. The longer it samples the error rate, the better the overall rate is.
     
  7. KC2LLW

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    Ok, but if I see almost all of my transponders on the individually signal bar in the 90s and steady shouldn't the 1-32 snap shot also be in the 90s?
     
  8. jdspencer

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    It all depends on the sample rate and when the snap shot is taken. It's conceivable that the the signal could be low when the snapshot occurs but that this low value is averaged into the overall samples and thus is not shown as such.
     
  9. KC2LLW

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    So I should believe the individual signal bar and check them one at a time as this would be the current reading correct?
     
  10. jdspencer

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    The snap shot is good to see at a glance if there is a problem. Use the continuous signal bar to see if there are big changes. Leave it there for a minute or so to see if there is a fluctuation. Changes of a few points is perfectly normal.
     
  11. KC2LLW

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    I think I am fine then, as I check the signal bar they are all 89 to high 90s and don't fluctuate more than a point.
    Thanks
    Steve
     
  12. jdspencer

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    Yup, you're good to go. :)
     

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