Convert DirecTV single LNB setup for Dish Network

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Ken Meyer

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I'm thinking about switching from DirecTV to Dish for my RV and can't figure out what to do for the dish.

I'm currently using a single, old-style LNB 18" portable dish receiving just the 101W DirecTV satellite in low definition. My new Dish network setup would be simple too: I just want to get a couple of channels, and they're both on the 110W satellite. I want to use a Wally. I don't need/want a triple LNB setup for the channels I want (the small, single LNB dish is easy to store in the RV and easy to aim).

The question: will that old DirecTV LNB work to receive the 110W satellite on Dish or do I need a new LNB? If so, which one? TIA.
 
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You need something like this (amazon). you will see models with either 1 or two cable connectors - either model works. Be sure it is DishPro - not Legacy.
You can strip the outer plastic housing cover off if needed to make it fit.

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You need something like this (amazon). you will see models with either 1 or two cable connectors - either model works. Be sure it is DishPro - not Legacy.
You can strip the outer plastic housing cover off if needed to make it fit.

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Won't the old legacy (presumably what that old DirecTV LNB is) LNBs work with a wally? Of course if he wants to (1) add a disk to the wally and (2) get two sat tuners going simultaneously, he would need a DishPro LNB.

Ken, note that the above Dish LNB probably will not fit on the arm of your 18" dish without a yoke to change the shape to a D. IIRC the old DirecTV LNBs were rectangular.

Full disclosure: I once set up a DirecTV dish and LNB with my old 4900 for my mother to receive Sky Angel. Unfortunately she had the beginning stages of Alzheimers and couldn't work that 4900. :crying
 
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Won't the old legacy (presumably what that old DirecTV LNB is) LNBs work with a wally? :crying
When I first got a Wally, I used a (Dish) Legacy LNB pointed at 61.5 just to see if that combination would work. It did. So, I'd guess what the OP wants to do is possible.
 
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OK, thanks for all that. Here's the existing setup:

IMG 9870

It doesn't use the yoke for mounting, so D vs rectangular won't matter. But can a Dish LNB be mounted as shown? Maybe by cutting away the housing?

Or is the consensus that an old DirecTV LNB will work with the Wally as long as I'm not doing a two tuner setup? Maybe Dish uses different switching voltages or something to get odd/even transponders?

So why don't I just buy a decent folding satellite dish intended for Dish network in the first place? Winegard doesn't make this nice simple model any more. It's real easy to just slap this on the ground, put a rock on it for stability and aim it to a single satellite in about 30 seconds. And it fits in the small storage compartment of my camper.

Thanks again.
 
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Here is what those DP Dual's look like without their enclosure, so it should work as HIFI says. I would definitely try the LNB you have first though, DP Dual/singles are becoming pretty rare and therefore stupid expensive (got a few for $15 a pop only a few years ago)

IMG 20220623 165349
 
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Or is the consensus that an old DirecTV LNB will work with the Wally as long as I'm not doing a two tuner setup?
I wouldn't say there is consensus. But I believe it will work, and chainblu said it did work for his test. Do you want a neat installation like your photo above, or the kluged installation like ethanlerma shows in his post above mine? The latter appears to have a two-piece adapter which you may or may not want to fiddle with.
 

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