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Adding Another H20 with Installation

cjlacava
05-30-2006, 06:27 PM
Good Day, Folks,

I have the 5 LNB dish and one H-20 right now. I want to utilize the 4th lead from my 5 LNB dish and install another H-20. However, I am trying to figure out the best way to proceed.

In order to get the H-20 into my office, I need a cable run from the dish, around the house, up the siding and through the outside wall of the house - which I am not comfortable doing. So, I want a DIRECTV tech to do the installation.

Is the best/cheapest way to go:

1. Call DIRECTV and get another H-20 with installation.
2. Call DIRECTV and get a SD tuner with installation ($50) then swap it with an H-20 from eBay/Best Buy?
3. Get an H-20 from eBay or Best Buy and pay for installation without new equipment.

Can anyone advise me before I start calling DIRECTV? What is the cheapest way to get a tech out to do the install?


Thank you all,

CJ

hitdog042
05-30-2006, 08:23 PM
Good Day, Folks,

I have the 5 LNB dish and one H-20 right now. I want to utilize the 4th lead from my 5 LNB dish and install another H-20. However, I am trying to figure out the best way to proceed.

In order to get the H-20 into my office, I need a cable run from the dish, around the house, up the siding and through the outside wall of the house - which I am not comfortable doing. So, I want a DIRECTV tech to do the installation.

Is the best/cheapest way to go:

1. Call DIRECTV and get another H-20 with installation.
2. Call DIRECTV and get a SD tuner with installation ($50) then swap it with an H-20 from eBay/Best Buy?
3. Get an H-20 from eBay or Best Buy and pay for installation without new equipment.

Can anyone advise me before I start calling DIRECTV? What is the cheapest way to get a tech out to do the install?


Thank you all,

CJ

I would say option 2, or call an independent installer to run the cable, they are cheaper than DTV.

But, u may have luck calling DTV and saying u are considering a 2nd receiver if they give u a deal on install, and see what they say.

DataQ
06-01-2006, 08:44 PM
My minds biggest question with the 5LNB dish setup was the cable length runs; My living room (2 HD recievers, old RCA new H20) was right at 100', but my upstairs master bedroom (4yr old but nice Samsung) is an additional 50'+ on old, originally installed 25yr old RG6 with diplexers that adds in the terrestrial antenna feeds.

FYI until the 5LNB dish, the only way the system in the master bedroom would work is off an additional single LNB dish next to the Triple unit. Otherwise, the only way it would work is if at least one of the other recievers was tuned to an 'even' (read: +18V) transponder. Apparently the multiswitch didn't have enought power otherwise, and that third 'master bedroom' reciever would go to 'searching for satellite' mode.

But, amazing things now! After my install yesterday of the 5LNB dish, I swapped over the long lead to the third output from the new dish, and it works like a CHAMP! I which I had a TDR (time-domain reflectometer) to accurately get the cable lenght, but like I said, it's a minimum of 150' with 100' standard quad shielded RG6 and the additional 50'+ that old 1980 building stalled single shield cable-tv grade RG6.

For the first time at that location, I was able to set that SD reciever to a 3-LNB dish setting, and get ALL channels perfectly well, again with the addition of the diplexer's in the last 50' of the 'loop'.

So it's got a believer out of me. I have a couple hunks of 25-50' of RG6 I'll try adding in a few days and find out just exactly how long it can get before one starts seeing problems.

But I would say right now that 150' works like a champ!

cjlacava
06-07-2006, 02:23 PM
And the answer is:

1. Got a nearly new MIB H-20 from eBay for $50.
2. Called Directv for installation and asked for a discount.
3. Got the installation scheduled for 1.5 weeks out for $0!


Excellent!

CJ