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RE: Direct TV Genie HR44 - Purchase or Lease?

Quite often DirecTV will offer existing customers free upgrades. We didn't pay a dime for our Genie HR44. Sure, there was a contract extension, but who cares? We need TV service so I'm unlikely to want to cancel anytime soon.
docj 02/15/15 05:58pm Technology Corner
RE: Winegard Trav'ler DirecTV Slimline

No mine just kept searching for any satellite if I remember correctly. Just kept spinning and tilting. After about 15 minutes I would turn it off and start over. I think it is very critical to level your unit before starting to search when moving long distances. Also be sure there is absolutely no movement. Like people walking around inside. I think the unit remembers the positions it was last at and tries to start there for quick setup. When that fails to get a signal it seems totally lost at how to find the signal. If you observe the dish while it is finding the satellites you can see quite clearly that it first returns to the position in which it last was pointed. This is helpful if you've decided, for example, to stow the dish because of a bad storm or if you wish to "tweak" the pointing after your RV has sat in one place for a while. If it can't find a satellite at its last position it begins a complete search. The search begins with the elevation set mid-way between max and min positions and involves the dish rotating through 360 degrees at each of several elevations. How long this takes depends on where you are located. For example when we are in Canada and the elevation is quite low, it takes a while because the system won't get to that elevation until it tries quite a few larger ones. As the system does its search it is constantly checking to see if the many satellites it sees are part of the DirecTV group. It ignores those that are not, but once it finds one of the DTV satellites it will optimize and then identify it. If the satellite found is not 101 it will next try to find 101. If 101 cannot be found the system will return to its search. If 101 is not found by the time the elevation min and max are reached, the system will return to its initial positions and begin the search again. If the system finds 101, my SK3005 will then try to find 110 and 119. I can't say how the SK-SWM3 system works, but I suspect it still tries to find those birds. Once my system has found either or both of these other satellites it then sets the skew and optimizes it. On occasion, if the system cannot find either 110 or 119 I have found it useful to put my system into manual mode so it can be made to point at only the 101 bird. The directions for manual pointing of the SK-3005 are clearly provided on page 4 of this user guide: SK3005 user guide I wouldn't be surprised if the instructions for doing this with a SK-SWM3 are similar.
docj 02/07/15 04:47pm Technology Corner
RE: AM21N TV Tuner works great

seems like I've used the AM21 during rain fade? Using the AM21 requires a satellite connection during setup so the receiver can download the local channels for wherever you are. I believe that once that list has been loaded it doesn't really matter what happens to the satellite signal. My complaint with the AM21 was that it required a satellite connection in the first place. I don't watch OTA TV unless we're in a place where we can't get satellite so I was forever having to disconnect the AM21 so I could directly connect the antenna to the TV. Another issue with it is that the list of local channels DTV provides through the device are not necessarily all the channels in your area, but you can't add to their list. We have DNS service and hardly ever watch local channels; if we want local news or weather we use the internet. Eventually, I decided the AM21 was a couple of pounds of stuff I could be rid of and I tossed it.
docj 01/17/15 08:54am Technology Corner
RE: DirecTV

Direct seems to charge $15 for "Advanced Receiver Service " , anybody know what this charge is for ? I believe that is the charge for having a DVR.
docj 12/31/14 10:54am Technology Corner
RE: DirecTV

DTV is changing installations. They no longer will mail equipment to a customer as there were to many calls, etc. In the Phoenix area they are replacing vendor installers with there own trained techs due is part because of to many call backs. A simple solution is just to buy the equipment from any authorized retailer. Installation isn't rocket science; there's plenty of info on the web about how to do it. When I wanted a mini-Genie C41 for my bedroom TV I bought the device on Amazon and had the cable installed where I wanted it. After everything was connected I called DirecTV to have it activated. No problems. You can buy all the DTV hardware, including Genies, online. There are "RV-friendly" DirecTV installers, but it is hit and miss finding them. Sometimes, if you ask an installer who won't do the job, he'll give you the name of one that will.
docj 12/30/14 09:50pm Technology Corner
RE: DirecTV

Understand though up north the dish is dang near pointing at the horizon and is going through a lot of atmosphere. In northern Michigan we had problems getting good signal strength. On the eastern tip of Prince Edward Island there were some channels that we only watched in SD because the SD signal is stronger and less subject to atmospheric fade. Even though PEI isn't that far north, it is so far east that the path to the DirecTV satellites is huge!
docj 12/30/14 06:44pm Technology Corner
RE: DirecTV

Does DIRECT DNS include PBS along with CBS,NBC,ABC,FOX ? If not then does PBS come with the Locals ? Does the 20" Muti Sat dish receive SD up north ? Thanks Bob We have a Winegard Trav'ler with the dish that came with the SK3005 which, I think, is slightly larger than the dish that comes with the new Trav'ler SWM. We've successfully gotten HD reception as far north as Calgary and as far north and east as Prince Edward Island. And to repeat the previous post, PBS is included with DNS but, unfortunately, only in SD (Downton Abbey looks better in HD).
docj 12/30/14 05:55pm Technology Corner
RE: DirecTV

We were told by a directv rep and on their website that we would have to have a.mobile plan and mobile equipment. There's no such thing as "mobile equipment", DirecTV installed a Genie HR44 in my MH replacing an HR22. They also converted my Trav'ler SK3005 to SWM at no charge.
docj 12/29/14 09:19pm Technology Corner
RE: DirecTV

Dish just seems much simpler to me...Cancel direct and go dish.... I have no idea why you think Dish is simpler. You need 2 satellites to get SD reception instead of one and you still need 3 satellites to get HD and the only device that will do that automatically is again a Trav'ler or an RF Mogul. The only advantage that I can see is that you can get HD with a dome, but that kind of system can only aim at one satellite at a time so it's pretty useless if you have a DVR and like to be able to record one channel while recording another.
docj 12/29/14 04:33pm Technology Corner
RE: Neighbor gave me a DVR for Directv, will I be able to use it

you want to use a DVR from DISH with your Direct Service ? Read the OP carefully. The neighbor is switching from DirecTV to Dish and has this receiver to give him.
docj 12/29/14 12:39pm Technology Corner
RE: Neighbor gave me a DVR for Directv, will I be able to use it

They will probably "let" you use it for a monthly fee. You will have to pay the "advanced device" (DVR) fee and also the HD fee (if it is a high def receiver/DVR). The HD fee has to be paid even if you are not receiving HD because you don't own an HD dish.
docj 12/29/14 11:18am Technology Corner
RE: DirecTV

Just wanting to add some input here. All HD receivers can get standard definition as long as DirecTV is broadcasting the channel you want to watch in standard definition. This receiver compatibility list with all our DirecTV satellite antennas should also be a help to everyone here. http://www.winegard.com/directv/satellite-antennas.php If you have the Genie at home, and want to use it with any other Winegard satellite antenna that is not the SK-SWM3, you will need a SWM kit. We sell it for $189.99 and the model number is SWM-840. This will allow you to use the Genie, or any other SWM-only receiver box with a non-SWM satellite antenna. No offense to the good folks at Winegard, but the same parts can be obtained for significantly less if you buy them from Amazon. All that's needed is a SWM8 switch and a PI-29 power inserter. Winegard provides the necessary instructions here: Using Winegard satellite hardware with SWM
docj 12/29/14 11:14am Technology Corner
RE: DirecTV

Your question: " My probably dumb question is, will we still get the HD channels in SD or will we lose all the channels that are in HD? (BTW, customer service at DirecTV can not answer this question and it does not make me feel very comfortable with the company in general.)" You will still continue to receive HD broadcasts on SD DirecTV system. They just will be shown as SD. Thats exactly what I do. I use a cheap 18" dish and stick a pipe in the ground and I'm good to go. Your SD channels are always present. However, most people with HD set the Guide display to "Hide SD Duplicates". This makes it seem as if the SD channels aren't there. If you use a dome that doesn't get HD just go to Menu/Settings/Display/Preferences and change the setting to "Show All Channels"
docj 12/28/14 11:05am Technology Corner
RE: DirecTV

I believe non HR44 Genie models are limited to 2 channels. The HR34 Genie can also record 5 channels.
docj 12/28/14 09:44am Technology Corner
RE: DirecTV

If we decide to go the Winegard Slimline route, will we be able to use our HD receivers from our home? Yes, you can use any receivers from your home. We have a Winegard Trav'ler paired with an HR44 DirecTV Genie and a miniGenie C41 in our MH and they work well. Yes, the Trav'ler is a bit of an investment but IMHO it's worth it. Push a button and ~5 minutes later you have HD TV. With the Genie we can record up to 5 channels at one time and unlike the Dish Hopper there are no restrictions on what those channels have to be. We also have DNS service so we can leave the DVR set to the same channels no matter where we are. We never watch local stations anyway; we can get the weather and the news in seconds using the internet.
docj 12/27/14 06:50pm Technology Corner
RE: facetime issues

I don't have face time....never said I did Sorry, I had a senior moment and got confused! :R
docj 12/22/14 09:39am Technology Corner
RE: facetime issues

let me preface i have android NOT iphone I am puzzled as you how you can have Facetime on an Android phone. I believe it is a proprietary Apple app and only runs on iOS devices. Are you using something similar such as Google Hangouts?
docj 12/22/14 09:16am Technology Corner
RE: Motorhome WiFi environment recommendation(s)

I believe the OP principally asked about setting up a wifi environment INSIDE his MH. There's been lots of good information provided in response to his question, but much of it dealt with things well outside his original question. A very simple answer to the OP is that "yes" it is relatively easy to set up a wifi network environment inside your MH for purposes of printing or other routine network activities. Any standard Linksys, Netgear, or similar router can do that. As for providing internet connectivity, you obviously have to link that router and its network with an internet source. Your options for that are primarily either cellular or RV park wifi. If you go the cellular route you can use a smartphone as a wifi hotspot or a standalone hotspot such as a Verizon jetpack. If you take either of these approaches you can, if may wish to dispense with a router since both hotspots will act as a router for the devices connected to their wifi networks. You can print just fine if the printer and your computer are both connected to your phone's hotspot. However, if you wish to connect to a park's wifi you will find that the standard home routers I mentioned above won't work because they have no way to connect to a wifi and then re-distribute it to devices on their network. To do that you need a router with what is known as "WiFi as WAN" capability. That's what wa8yxm was describing when he was explaining what his Wireless Game Adapter can do. There are several manufacturers of such routers and a number of them were mentioned in the posts above. Because I work for one of those companies I don't want to make any statements that could be construed as commercial. If you have specific questions you are free to PM me. Joel
docj 12/20/14 09:49pm Technology Corner
RE: Cable is going up again and satallite won't work.

Both Sat. company rep's have been to my location and announced the only way for me to get a signal is for him to cut the trees. We live deep in the forest and most houses were built by clearing only the footprint of the house and long drives. I really think my best option might be internet if I can find access that works for me. (currently part of the cable package) We had a house just like that in the Maryland mountains a few years ago. We had been able to get SD DirecTV because only one satellite was needed but when we wanted to go to HD the DirecTV installer said there was no way. So I called Dish and was lucky enough to find an installer who didn't want to take "no" for an answer. He worked at it for a couple of hours and finally came up with a "non-standard" installation in which two dishes were used one of which was attached to a very large tree about 10 feet above ground level. On subsequent service calls other jinstallers asked me "who in the world installed this?" but since it had been approved and I was an existing customer there was no way they could refuse to work on it. From my experience I strongly suggest you contact one or both of the satellite companies again. Some installers are downright lazy; I think they pretty much get the same fee no matter how easy or difficult the install is. They would much rather tell you "no" and go on to an easy one rather than spend several hours with a complicated install. You might also contact Solid Signal.com Larger dishes pull in a stronger signal and they sell direct to customers. Larger dishes don't help if you have a tree branch blocking your view of the satellite. That was always our problem. Fortunately at our house the trees were our own and we could cut down the ones we needed to in order to get a signal.
docj 12/20/14 11:59am Technology Corner
RE: Cable is going up again and satallite won't work.

Both Sat. company rep's have been to my location and announced the only way for me to get a signal is for him to cut the trees. We live deep in the forest and most houses were built by clearing only the footprint of the house and long drives. I really think my best option might be internet if I can find access that works for me. (currently part of the cable package) We had a house just like that in the Maryland mountains a few years ago. We had been able to get SD DirecTV because only one satellite was needed but when we wanted to go to HD the DirecTV installer said there was no way. So I called Dish and was lucky enough to find an installer who didn't want to take "no" for an answer. He worked at it for a couple of hours and finally came up with a "non-standard" installation in which two dishes were used one of which was attached to a very large tree about 10 feet above ground level. On subsequent service calls other installers asked me "who in the world installed this?" but since it had been approved and I was an existing customer there was no way they could refuse to work on it. From my experience I strongly suggest you contact one or both of the satellite companies again. Some installers are downright lazy; I think they pretty much get the same fee no matter how easy or difficult the install is. They would much rather tell you "no" and go on to an easy one rather than spend several hours with a complicated install.
docj 12/13/14 03:19pm Technology Corner
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