Satellite Oasis Directv Hd Satellite Dish Rv Tripod Kit
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The Directv HD Satellite dish RV tripod kit from Satellite Oasis is the perfect cost effective solution for taking your Directv satellite service with you on the road. If HDTV is what you're after whi
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1. Everything pictured in the photos arrived with my kit including the instructions which are complete.
2. Do your homework first before ordering to make sure that you order a kit that will work with your DirecTv receiver. Go to the company web site at http://www.satelliteoasis.com/ to verify this. They have several different kits to choose from based on your receiver which appears to include all of the possible receivers except the Genie models currently. With the model DVR that I was using (HR21-700) I could have chosen the SWiM kit but wasn't interested in using those features and did not wish to buy an expensive satellite finder tool (without which you would either need an assistant on the inside watching the signal strength meter on the TV screen or a lot of running back and worth). I choose the non-SWiM kit instead primarily because of this and it comes with an inexpensive satellite finder tool (that won't work with a SWiM model). It worked like a champ with this kit and I was able to fine tune my dish pointing without any problems achieving 100% signals on all three SATs.
3. Don't assume that you only have to point your dish. Go through the setup process in the instructions which includes choosing the correct dish model and type. If you don't do this you are not going to get it to work unless you are lucky enough that your home dish that is already set up in the receiver is exactly the same.
4. Use your DirecTV remote during setup and choose the menu key to get past the initial error message.
5. Use the internet to get your initial dish pointing information here: http://www.satpointer.com/ or here: http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/customer/dishPointer.jsp and write it down.
6. If you are in a windy environment such as I am in South Texas on the coast you may need more than the three stakes that come with the kit to hold the tripod securely in place. I added a small one gallon bucket and 8lbs of cheap ($1) kitty litter to the center of the tripod to help hold it in place and so far this is working (40mph gusts and steady 26mph winds so far).
7. The inside of my RV is pre-wired with only one coax cable (not two) for my satellite connection. If you are using a non-DVR receiver this is all that you need. If you are using a DVR receiver such as mine you will probably need two cables and a internet connection in order to experience full functionality. With one cable connected I can only record one show at a time and cannot view or record a different program at the same time. Without a internet connection I am not able to use VOD or the back up to the beginning of the program function when available if I join a program that is already in progress. While my DVR is being used in the RV away from my home network sharing between other DVRs such as the Genie on the home network is not possible.
I hope that this information will help you to make a sound decision and choose wisely. I am very happy with this purchase and for just the cost of this kit (about $150) I can now take DirecTV on the road with me and still use the service that I have already purchased from DirecTV when I am away from home in my RV.