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wanted to connected up my h20 as a backup and OTA tuner with HR20. the H20 goes into the HDMI tv feed and the HR20 goes into the component inputs. HR20 Transponder numbers (satelitte 101) on tuner 1 are 95-100 but on tuner 2 the even numbers are 95+ and ALL the even numbers are 0. Is this the way it should be or should both tuner display the same transponder numbers? H20 transponders numbers are all populated.

I have four lines coming down from the 3lnb dish (NY mpeg2 locals). 2 go into a multi switch for my directivo units and basic directv units (old rca's) all working. the other 2 go into a 3x4 switch with 2 going to the HR20 and one going to H20 and the OTA is connected to the H20. Thanks.
 

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magellanmtb said:
wanted to connected up my h20 as a backup and OTA tuner with HR20. the H20 goes into the HDMI tv feed and the HR20 goes into the component inputs. HR20 Transponder numbers (satelitte 101) on tuner 1 are 95-100 but on tuner 2 the even numbers are 95+ and ALL the even numbers are 0. Is this the way it should be or should both tuner display the same transponder numbers? H20 transponders numbers are all populated.

I have four lines coming down from the 3lnb dish (NY mpeg2 locals). 2 go into a multi switch for my directivo units and basic directv units (old rca's) all working. the other 2 go into a 3x4 switch with 2 going to the HR20 and one going to H20 and the OTA is connected to the H20. Thanks.
Aha, here is your problem. All 4 lines from the dish need to go to a 4x8 switch which then would distribute the signals to all the receivers.

An individual tuner can be asking for signals from 1 of 4 sets of transponders:
Sat. 101, odd transponders
101, even
110 and 119, odd
or 110 and 119, even.

The switch forces each line from the dish to a known set, so it needs all four to pass on to the tuners.

Call D* and have them upgrade you to the new 5lnb dish with a new 6x8 switch for the 5lnb for free (ok, you might have to pay shipping). :) Hopefully you'll get a good CSR who will do that without any hassle.

Cheers,
Tom
 

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tibber said:
Aha, here is your problem. All 4 lines from the dish need to go to a 4x8 switch which then would distribute the signals to all the receivers.

An individual tuner can be asking for signals from 1 of 4 sets of transponders:
Sat. 101, odd transponders
101, even
110 and 119, odd
or 110 and 119, even.

The switch forces each line from the dish to a known set, so it needs all four to pass on to the tuners.

Cheers,
Tom
Since I'm in the Ny area and don't immediately need the MPEG4, I am trying to hold out in hopes they will develop a smaller dish. That 5 LNB is just too large asthestically for the house! Plus they told me they couldn't install it on the side of the house where the existing one is. Something about they are required to stand on flat area to align the antenna, they are not allowed to align the antenna from a ladder. The existinh location is only 10' off the ground.

When d*service first installed the H20, they ran 2 additional lines down (upgraded to the 3lnb from the round antenna) from the antenna location. They left 2 lines connected to the existing 3x8 fully populated switch, connected one directly to the H20 and left one "spare" dangling. H20 seems to work well. The H20 is only temporary until the HR20 bugs are worked out and OTA is activated. When I remove the H20 from the equation, can I just connect the 2 lines directly to the HR20 or do I still need a switch. Not really interested in "upsetting the apple cart" on the other 3 dtivo units and basic units. Thanks
 

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Sounds like you will have more than 4 tuners after the H20 is removed so you will still need a multiswitch 4x8. D* should have upgraded the switch when they upgraded the dish and run all the lines from the dish to the new switch then to the receiver locations.

Don't count on a much smaller dish. ;) The slimline, AU/9, is likely as small as things are going to get. I am surprised he couldn't install to your location. Side of the house is an acceptable location if a stud is under the mast base.

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magellanmtb said:
Not to be a pain, but what happens if I need 4 x 10?
No problem. D*, at each upgrade of a dish, should give you enough switch ports for your recievers. In my case they gave me two 6x8 switches (the new 5lnb switch is a 6x8) and 4 special splitters to split the dish signals to the switches. (They pass power one-way to the dish.) The trick is to ensure the 4 lines from the dish are split and the split lines go to the same ports on the two switches...

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Tom
 
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