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Swap 3 LNB for 5 LNB or whole new dish?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by Bstacey, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. Bstacey

    Bstacey Cool Member

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    I recently returned to directv in November. I have the choice ultimate package. After a week ago I realized that I couldn't get all the sonic tap music channels that are included in my package. I quickly found out (from dbstalk) that some sonic tap channels are on the 119 satellite which I can't receive with my dish (Slimline 3S SWM). I called directv and after getting the run around 4 times, I was finally told that I would have to pay $130 for a service call, new dish, and an "upgrade within 6 months of new service" fee. I was ok with paying the $50 for a service call but I won't pay for a new dish and an upgrade fee. So I was thinking I'd just buy a 5 LNB SWM online and just swap it out. Will this be a simple task or will I need to re-align the dish or worse, need a whole new 5 LNB dish?
     
  2. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    If you dont bump the dish, it should be a simple swapout. Just make sure you get the same type LNB (either standard or SWM) that you have now. If you have one coax to the dish, its SWM. If you have 4, its standard.
     
  3. jimmie57

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    Before you begin removing the old LNB,
    unplug the Power Inserter and all receivers.

    After you get it changed,
    plug in the Power Inserter and then each of the receivers.
    I believe that the SWM will automatically select the new LNB.
    When the receivers are up and running, Press and hold the Info button on the remote until the system info comes to the screen,
    then choose more info,
    press channel down one time. The dish selection is on that page. See if it is correct for the new LNB.
    If it is not you will have to set the dish type on each receiver.
     
  4. hjones4841

    hjones4841 Legend

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    You can get the LNB for $50 from Solid Signal as well as other on line dealers.
     
  5. hjones4841

    hjones4841 Legend

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    The SWM LNB that is designed to use SWM8 or SWM16 has 4 coaxes, but he may not have that one.
     
  6. Bstacey

    Bstacey Cool Member

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    Thanks guys! Jimmy thanks cuz I probably would have not even thought to power down the power inserter. I have the SWM setup and its just one wire out of the LNB. So is that just a 5 LNB swm that i need?

    Is the LNB held on by just a couple of regular screws or is it more complicated than that?
     
  7. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    Two long phillips bolts with nuts. You need the SL5S. Also before going to far, make sure you can "see" the 119 satellite from your antennas location.
     
  8. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

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    Do be gentle when working on the dish and make sure you don't move it. Take a pencil or sharpie and mark each movable joint (dish to mast, elevation, tilt) so that if it is accidentally moved you can easily get it back close to where you started.

    You may have to go through satellite setup on each of your receivers to change them from the 3LNB to 5LNB configuration. As Jimmy57 noted, be sure to check this.

    To change the LNB, you remove the two bolts that secure it at the end of the arm, make sure you have some slack in the coax, pull the LNB gently out away from the dish, then disconnect the coax.
     
  9. gov

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    Seems like a D* installer told me going from a 5 to a 3 is not quite as easy (opposite to OP) at least in this area.

    D* might need to 'do something' (in regards to an authorization signal) to allow a receiver in our DMA to go from a 5 to a 3. (but not from a 3 to a 5). The satellite setup process won't conclude properly with out the signal.

    This might be just in a few areas, or, maybe I misunderstood the installer, we were going over several issues, he works in 3 DMAs, and the 'rules' are a little different in all 3 and I might have misunderstood.


    If anyone has the real details or a confirm, I'd appreciate it.
     
  10. studechip

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    I think you are all missing the point. The OP has the ultimate package and should have gotten a 5 lnb at the installation. Try emailing Ellen Filipiak at this address: ellen.filipiak@directv.com and tell her your situation. She works in the office of the president and is good about fixing issues like this one.
     
  11. Bstacey

    Bstacey Cool Member

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    Thanks! Ill try this first, if not I'll order a 5LNBS online.

    You guys rock!!!

    Update:
    I emailed ellen.filipiak@directv.com and I got a call back in about 6 hours. They are coming Friday to swap out the LNB at no cost to me. Thanks again guys!!!
     

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