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Hooking up Directtv for tailgate

Trying to setup for a tailgate next weekend. Did a test-run yesterday in the driver, and failed. I'm wondering if I don't have everything I need. Here's images of everything I have: http://imgur.com/a/0FgnX

- Slimline dish (says SWM at the end of it)

- Brand new HD receiver (I just signed up for direct tv last week)

- 2 b band converter (install guy gave me 2, said I would need both)

A few questions:

- Do I need a SWM inserter? I went ahead and ordered one just in case.

- How do I hook up the 2 b band convertors? 

- On the back of the receiver are two inputs (Satellite in 1 & satellite in 2)

- Are there any step-by-step instructions for all the hookups.

Any thoughts/tips/help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

Trying to setup for a tailgate next weekend. Did a test-run yesterday in the driver, and failed. I'm wondering if I don't have everything I need. Here's images of everything I have: http://imgur.com/a/0FgnX

- Slimline dish (says SWM at the end of it)

- Brand new HD receiver (I just signed up for direct tv last week)

- 2 b band converter (install guy gave me 2, said I would need both)

A few questions:

- Do I need a SWM inserter? I went ahead and ordered one just in case.

- How do I hook up the 2 b band convertors? 

- On the back of the receiver are two inputs (Satellite in 1 & satellite in 2)

- Are there any step-by-step instructions for all the hookups.

Any thoughts/tips/help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

Hooking up Directtv for tailgate

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Does that dish LNB assembly have ONE or FOUR coax connectors on it?

If it has ONE, then it's a SWM LNB and you will need a SWM Power Inserter.  The "To LNB" coax on the Power Inserter will connect to the dish LNB output, and the "To IRD" coax output will connect to your HD Receiver SAT INPUT.  You will not use the B-Band Converters.

Does that dish LNB assembly have ONE or FOUR coax connectors on it?

If it has ONE, then it's a SWM LNB and you will need a SWM Power Inserter.  The "To LNB" coax on the Power Inserter will connect to the dish LNB output, and the "To IRD" coax output will connect to your HD Receiver SAT INPUT.  You will not use the B-Band Converters.

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That is a SWM LNB.  you will need a 21v power inserter. Cable goes to PI "PWR to SWM" and a coax jumper goes from "signal to IRD port" to the receiver's SWM input

That is a SWM LNB.  you will need a 21v power inserter. Cable goes to PI "PWR to SWM" and a coax jumper goes from "signal to IRD port" to the receiver's SWM input

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Thank you. So I have the 21v power inserter.

When I am choosing dish configuration settings, is this correct?

Dish Type: 17: Slimline-3S (SWM)

SwitchType: 01Smiley FrustratedWM

Tuners: Dual

How important is the Tilt accuracy?

Thank you. So I have the 21v power inserter.

When I am choosing dish configuration settings, is this correct?

Dish Type: 17: Slimline-3S (SWM)

SwitchType: 01Smiley FrustratedWM

Tuners: Dual

How important is the Tilt accuracy?

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Correct.  however on a correct installed system those settings will be auto detected by the receiver

Correct.  however on a correct installed system those settings will be auto detected by the receiver

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The tilt can be set using the marks on the dish mount.

  Aligning a Slimline (or any other) dish from scratch can be a
daunting task. However it can be done if you’re patient. Go to www.dishpointer.com
and determine the magnetic azimuth, elevation and tilt settings for your
location. Use a level to assure that your mast is perfectly plumb. Set the
elevation and tilt to the markings on the dish. Use a compass and set the
azimuth about 10 degrees East of the recommended magnetic setting. Tune your
receiver to display the signal strengths on the 101 satellite, then choose the
green signal bars from the link in the lower right corner of the signal screen.
Slowly, a degree at a time, move the dish to the West until you get signals on
the 101 satellite. All 32 (with a few of exceptions) of the transponders should
light up. Fine tune for maximum signal. Lock down the main bolts.

   At this point a procedure called “dithering” is employed to fine
tune to the 101 satellite.  You can try
skipping this and going to the next step.

   Tune your receiver to display the signal
strengths on the 99c satellite, then choose the green signal bars from the link
in the lower right corner of the signal screen. Use a level to plumb the dish
mast (essential)  Tighten the main clamps and loosen the fine tuning
apparatus on one axis at a time.  Have someone watch (cell phones are
handy to advise) while you adjust the fine tuning screw on the azimuth setting.
Go slow, only tiny amounts will make a big difference. You'll soon know if
you're going the wrong way and a couple of turns will likely max out the
improvement. Lock the bolts and do elevation next. It should not be necessary
to adjust the tilt. You should be able to get the signals into the 90's quite
easily.

The tilt can be set using the marks on the dish mount.

  Aligning a Slimline (or any other) dish from scratch can be a
daunting task. However it can be done if you’re patient. Go to www.dishpointer.com
and determine the magnetic azimuth, elevation and tilt settings for your
location. Use a level to assure that your mast is perfectly plumb. Set the
elevation and tilt to the markings on the dish. Use a compass and set the
azimuth about 10 degrees East of the recommended magnetic setting. Tune your
receiver to display the signal strengths on the 101 satellite, then choose the
green signal bars from the link in the lower right corner of the signal screen.
Slowly, a degree at a time, move the dish to the West until you get signals on
the 101 satellite. All 32 (with a few of exceptions) of the transponders should
light up. Fine tune for maximum signal. Lock down the main bolts.

   At this point a procedure called “dithering” is employed to fine
tune to the 101 satellite.  You can try
skipping this and going to the next step.

   Tune your receiver to display the signal
strengths on the 99c satellite, then choose the green signal bars from the link
in the lower right corner of the signal screen. Use a level to plumb the dish
mast (essential)  Tighten the main clamps and loosen the fine tuning
apparatus on one axis at a time.  Have someone watch (cell phones are
handy to advise) while you adjust the fine tuning screw on the azimuth setting.
Go slow, only tiny amounts will make a big difference. You'll soon know if
you're going the wrong way and a couple of turns will likely max out the
improvement. Lock the bolts and do elevation next. It should not be necessary
to adjust the tilt. You should be able to get the signals into the 90's quite
easily.

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When I get to the signal meter screen, it say "not acquired" by tuner 1 an tuner 2. Does that mean I've done something else wrong?

When I get to the signal meter screen, it say "not acquired" by tuner 1 an tuner 2. Does that mean I've done something else wrong?

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If you follow the alignment instructions closely, at the start you'll have no signals.  As you slowly turn the dish the signals will appear and get gradually stronger as you get on point.

If you follow the alignment instructions closely, at the start you'll have no signals.  As you slowly turn the dish the signals will appear and get gradually stronger as you get on point.

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Yup, not acquired means that you dish is  not aligned properly 

Yup, not acquired means that you dish is  not aligned properly 

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