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06-03-2010 09:47 AM #1
Newb questions on Dish Network service.
I want to switch from Cable to Satellite, and I'm considering Dish Network, but have a few questions abot their service I do NOT see on their website.
Receivers need to phone home?? Is this for Updating guides and use 2 way like "On-Demand"?
I have VOIP (Ooma) and Cable Modem with Ethernet ports just about every point I'd place a Receiver. If the phone home function is required, can I use ethernet to do it over the internet? OR at the very least, will it function reliably over VOIP? Yes, I know about the *99 for less compression and better data transfer, fax has been awful with my VOIP, even using *99.
I have 2 analog TV sets, seen a few things that indicate new subscribers get all HD receivers? If that is true, the HD receivers have the option of using analog outputs to run an analog TV, the "F" coax out is plain old NTSC, right?
Saw that Dish Network does NOT charge a fee for extra TV sets, very appealing to me. If that is true, then what is the pay scheme for additional receivers? Buy them outright, lease them, but the lease is part of the standard service fee, i.e. additional recievers are free? I want 5 receivers, 3 HD, 2 Analog.
Finally, I know they offer free install, which I've been told means the dish and equipment is free. BUT, I've seen the job free installers have done pulling cables into people's homes, I'd rather do it myself and make sure its done right, if its necessary.
The Dish Network equipment, works off a single coax per receiver correct? I do NOT need two coax per reciever, correct? What is the standard for the cable? Just any old RG6 under 100' is fine, OR do I need RG6U OR RG6UQ, any other specs, quad shield (pretty sure that is Q) 3GHz bandwitdth, solid copper conductor, etc.?
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06-03-2010 03:10 PM #2
We have slinglinks so as long as that device is plugged into a modem/router (HD receivers only) and the receiver and slinglink are plugged into the wall you're connected.
If you qualify for all HD equip then yes, you get it. Most HD receivers no longer have a coax out.
You won't get 5 receivers. You get 3 max, but they can also be dual tuners (1HD tv, 1 SD tv, 1 receiver) so your TV config will work with the number of TVs you want. You can watch 2 different things at the same time on those receivers.
The workmanship all lies on whoever does the install. Personally I do each one as if it was my home but this isn't always the case. Offer to help the guy out and don't be afraid to ask to have the coax secured a little better or neatened up.
The coax cannot be shared with any other "cable" service. Solid copper, copper-clad steel RG6 is fine and quad shielded coax is overkill. 2150MHz or more is required. I would personally have the technician run the coax into the home from the dish since it requires expensive "dual RG6 w/ messenger wire."
06-03-2010 03:51 PM #3SatelliteGuys Freshman
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06-03-2010 03:57 PM #4
3 receivers max, 6 TVs total. (3 dual tuners.) You can have more than 3 but they are hesitant. Receivers have to be bought outright after 3. Cost of receivers can be found @
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