DPP44 went South - Is this unusual?

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ctcohen04

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2 months after my 622/Dish1000/DPP44 install it appears that my switch has died.
Got an error message telling me to do a check switch. That test only turns up 119 on port 1. If I swap out the DPP44 fo my older DP34 I see all 3 sats
(110/119/129) as before). It's the same on all 3 receivers. (622/522/322)

I've gone back and forth several time between switches, but always the same result. I wonder if there is even a remote possibility that the power inserter is bad or there is some other problem. Any comments would be appreciated.

The only downside of the DP34 is I cannot hook all three dual tuner receivers up at the same time.

yesterday I got a very nice (sounded stateside) tech CSR who has a replacement DPP44 on the way.

Ironically, at the install in early March, the tech could not make the switch work and left me with the DP34 installed. After he left I carefully traced all me cables with a tone generator and reinstalled the DPP44 and it worked fine. Now I am sorry that I told him it was ok when he returned the next day. With hindsight I should have taken the replacement DPP44 he brought back out.

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iceshark

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The 44 can be a problem with longevity. I am on my second one in a month. The dish tech told me they short out very easily. Still love it!
 
Bob Haller

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I dont like single point failures!!!

I keep a extra receiver, DP34, and a seperate dish 500 quad all wired in place.

if I have a hardware failure I just move the cables to the spare 500.

I am 3 slot normally but this gets me back up fast without going outdoors, like I did one snowey cold zero nite..... burr it was bad, my fingers were stiff.
 
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Van

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DPP 44's are actually reliable if they are instaled correctedly and the system is grounded and someone doesnt mess with the power supply. Grounding the system correctly is very important, if the system isnt grounded and you get a surge on it you can expect any part of the system to get damaged. If the power supply is messed with or in a location that it is jostled alot and the power cord pops loose from the insert this can cause failure if the metal end of the power cord makes contact with the metal case of the power inserter.
 
SatinKzo

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My DPP44 has been running just fine for almost a year. I don't house mine outside however, I do all my connections just inside the basement wall.
 
Bob Haller

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Probably like the SW64 ideally they lived indoors, properly grounded with short lead to power inserter on port 1. even then issues did come up.
 
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David_Levin

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ctcohen04 said:
Got an error message telling me to do a check switch. That test only turns up 119 on port 1. If I swap out the DPP44 fo my older DP34 I see all 3 sats
(110/119/129) as before). It's the same on all 3 receivers. (622/522/322)

Wasn't it said that the DP34 doesn't work with Dish 1000 (or does it depend on what LNB is installed)?
 
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wayne231

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Interesting Note on the DPP44

This morning we had one heck of a storm in Memphis. Durring it I got a surge that tripped the surge protector to my computer and shut it down. Later I re-booted the computer with no problems at all. (I guess it did what it was supposed to do.). Later I turned on the TV and could only get 61.5. No picture on 119 or 110 although point dish indicated a good signal. I check the other receivers and all had the same problem, no 110 or 119 but strong signal on 61.5. (Again, point dish showed signal.) Did a system check on the 622 and it showed bad connection on 110 and 119, good on 61.5. Rather than mess up the 622 (still had cloud cover, but didn't think it was thick enough) I did a check switch on a 510 that I have connected to a computer :devil: Immediately the other recieivers along with the one I did the check switch on came back alive. No problems since. Go figure.
 
webbydude

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David_Levin said:
Wasn't it said that the DP34 doesn't work with Dish 1000 (or does it depend on what LNB is installed)?

It really all depends on your LNB configuration. If you're using a DP Twin/DP Dual then you should be fine. It's schematically the same as a D500 w/D300 (must-carry)
 

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