Hey, I'm new here, and I have a question. I'd ask this at the DirecTV forums, but I'd guess they'd try to guide me toward leasing their expensive equipment. I'd appreciate a more unbiased opinion on things.
I just got a new 5LNB AU-9 dish. I'm wanting to upgrade from a non-SWM 3LNB dish. I tried to hook it up to the receiver I have now, (a D12-300) and it never found the satellite. I ran a test and it told me it couldn't receive the signal because there were too many receivers connected to the LNB. There was an error code up on the screen, but I didn't have the presence of mind to write it down. From what I've read the D12-300 should be compatible with SWM, and I'm wondering if I either did something wrong or perhaps I need to call DirecTV in order to make the dish switch.
I'd also like to know if you can still purchase non lease DirecTV boxes on Ebay and use them instead of leasing a box. The DirecTV bill is creeping up towards $100, and I'm looking for ways to reduce costs.
Thanks for the help.
Edit: I'm testing the new dish before I take the old one down, so it's not mounted properly yet. It's going to be difficult to orient it to an exact position to test the signal.