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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by Lord Vader, Apr 27, 2011.
Well, it started in 2011, but it may be continuing when I move next week.
I don't mean to sound rude, but why would you move into a complex that restricts satellite dishes, why not find a place that lets you have one without any issues?
The complex in question doesn't restrict them. To answer your question, for a few reasons:
It's owned by the same management company (with whom I had just won a testy battle)
Moving into this complex was less expensive--as a current resident of a sister property, several fees were waived
Approval was much easier since I lived in a sister property
I didn't have much time to research places in which to live, so a sister property was a big plus
Bang the sister too!
It would seem this saga is worthy of at least 6-7 episodes....much like Star Wars.
Man! SOMEbody over at that complex is confused.
When I visited that complex last week, I asked for a balcony with a southern exposure so I could have a dish installed. No problem getting that. I noticed that dozens of residents had on their balconies or patios DirecTV dishes--the standard oval ones, of course.
I called DirecTV to discuss the start-up of service at my new address, and they tell me it's serviced by MDU Communications, which meant I had to go through them.
I called MDU Communications and they told me they had a master dish on the property and that they wouldn't install a dish onto my balcony. I didn't think that was a big deal, but then I asked myself why so many residents do, in fact, have their own dishes. I don't think it was a question of those being longer time residents or having been "grandfathered," so to speak, because a few residents moved into the complex very recently and had dishes installed.
So, now I don't know what to do. MDU Comm. said they'd install a dish for me, but it'd cost me some $149 or more for its installation. I guess my questions include:
Will a master dish like they said they have their be able to support multiple HD DVRs--like 4 or 5 of them among 2 or 3 rooms?
If I do the master dish setup, does it support whole home DVR with DECA, etc., or do I need to go the old-fashioned route of connected ethernet cables?
What advantages, if any, are there, for getting my own, separate dish installed?
Something here just seems weird.
It all depends on what type of master dish is installed. My gut tells me that it could be a real hassle. I'd try to get your own dish because if something happens to the master dish it may be a while before you get it working again.
What really sucks is the DirecTV Mover's Connection isn't applicable in my situation solely BECAUSE this is an MDU Communications property.
I think I have one of these dishes in its original box sitting in my garage. I wonder if this would be the one to bring down and save me the cost of obtaining a dish through the installer.
If you still have the same setup as the pictures you posted, you might be better off taking your sled mount and dish with you, and getting MDU to come run some cabling if needed.
That dish/LNB will work, but you'll need to add the SWM8 to it to get SWM (single wire to the receivers). And MRV.
Actually, that setup will remain indefinitely, because the family will retain my current services. I have to set up a separate account in a secondary location; hence my wondering about bringing my own separate dish down, the one to which I linked above.
Will D* change your service address without a Movers Connection order?
The description of that dish recommends the "KIT-SWM-16." I assume that's just as good, especially if multiple receivers are installed, correct? I'm thinking about taking the least used receivers in my current abode.
That won't be necessary, because I'm establishing a separate, basic account.
Because I'm currently setup with MRV via ethernet connection and not an SWM, I admit I wasn't sure which SWM would be required for a setup of, say, 5 HR receivers. Let's say I take 2 HR20-700s, 1 HR22, and 1 HR24 with me and have them connected to an HRXX receiver that MDU Communications installs. Which SWM is the correct one, the SWM8 or the SWM16? The latter is obviously a LOT more expensive.
For 5 DVRs, 10 tuners, you'll need the SWiM 16.
This section of the OTARD may be helpful:
That's what I thought. Kinda makes me wonder if I should save the cost of that and just stay the old-fashioned route, that being MRV via ethernet cabling.