This was my big HD/SWM weekend. I hooked up my newly-purchased, used, HR24 DirecTV receiver to my old SD dish. It required a dongle called a B-Band Converter, but I had one on hand and it worked great (on SD and only one tuner). Next I opened the Slimline SWM dish shipping box and was surprised that there were so many parts and no instructions. I separated the stuff that looked like house-mounting hardware and looked for holes that lined up in the different parts. That made it start to make sense, and in about 15 minutes I had it assembled.
I had seen ads that called for a fancy, expensive tripod for the larger HD dish, but I mounted it on my old cheapo tripod and it was plenty stable enough. I had purchased a Tracker Light 500 satellite meter for $150, and after figuring out how to use it, I was easily able to point the dish in an optimal direction. DTV warns that professional installation is HIGHLY suggested for the HD dishes, but I found it no harder to align than the 3-LNB SD dish.
My first difficulty was figuring out how to set up the meter in the SWM environment. Turns out that I had to hook it up as if it was a second DTV receiver using the SWM splitter that was included with the Tracker.
I lined up the dish on the 101 satellite, then optimized the 119 satellite. I disconnected the meter, changed the dish type and multiplexer in the DTV receiver, but was surprised that I had no picture. I checked all the connections, and found that I had left the B-Band converter in line. I removed the converter and everything worked great. High signal readings, and I was able to view one HD channel and record another (just like my home setup) over a single coax cable.
It took me about two hours overall, but I could do the next one in 15 minutes.
Originally Posted by ProjectPro
DirecTV markets a device called a Single Wire Multiplex (SWM) device, which the techs call a "swim". This device connects two outputs from the dish into the two inputs into the dual tuners over a single cable. All their recent DVR receivers are compatible with this technology. Cheap RG6 (copper clad) might not work with the SWM because additional power is needed at the dish end. You need all-copper RG6.
By the way, both my factory-equipment F-type connectors are labeled "Satellite Dish Hook Up", even though only one will pass a satellite signal.