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Old 08-31-2016, 02:31 PM   #1
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Satellite TV Question

We have Dish TV at our home and are thinking of putting a portable system together to take along when we camp. My wife misses FOX news when we camp. I looked at Amazon and they offer this Dish receiver, DISH Solo HD Receiver (ViP 211z), for around $87. Can anyone tell if this is a good receiver and would it work in our coach...or do you have any other suggestions?
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Old 08-31-2016, 03:03 PM   #2
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That is a fine receiver--we have the same one. Along with a portable dish and tripod, setup is easy.
The great thing about Dish is they commonly work with RV subscribers and offer local channels after one call and a Pay-As-You-Go subscription plan.
Their RV hotline is 800-472-1039, and don't forget to check out http://www.DishForMyRV.com
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Old 08-31-2016, 05:54 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info. I'll deferentially call Dish and discuss their program. As for the receiver I'll get one on order. I have all winter to locate a dish and the such. Thanks much for your help.
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If you can find a Dish tailgator, pick that up. Mom & Dad love theirs. No aiming. just set it on the ground, connect the cable, tell it what zip code you are in and in about 15 minutes you have all your channels. It self seeks the signal.
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We really like our setup, our dish antenna has two separate antenna inside allowing separate programming between the bedroom, living room or outdoor TV. We have two of the VP211Z relievers. One had an initial bug which Dish replaced overnight. Other than that full timing with both of these running daily for over a year - no issues. Camping World (normally overpriced) has these relievers on sale this week for $75 also. There is a brand new recieved out for RVs called the Wally for $96 but haven't heard review of it yet. Short answer the VP211Z has been a great asset in our RV life.

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Vip 211z is a great rv receiver that can be hooked to a tailgater or Wingard pathway 2x for auto signal set up OR you can use a tripod with Dish. Manual set up is easy once you get a handle on the process. Suggest you buy a kit that contains the tripod, dish, and receiver available on Amazon for $120 or 130. Contains everything you need to go Dish in your RV. Add a small portable harddrive to the 211z and pay Dish a one time $40 fee and you turn the receiver into a dvr that works thru the remote just like your dish dvr at home.

Advantage of the pathway over the tailgater is while both are HD only the pathway 2x will support 2 receivers if you need one in the bedroom too.

The 211z receiver is designed for use in an rv. It is compact in size and with the added DVR option offers a lot of function for a low price.
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Old 09-02-2016, 02:22 PM   #7
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Wally receiver

I was on Dish's web page reading about their new 'Wally' receiver. Does anyone have one already and how do they like its operation. I was thinking of just purchasing this newer receiver instead of the 211Z.

As always thanks for all the info...

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I was on Dish's web page reading about their new 'Wally' receiver. Does anyone have one already and how do they like its operation. I was thinking of just purchasing this newer receiver instead of the 211Z.

As always thanks for all the info...

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I have the Wally and it has some bugs yet. It loses the satellites at night. It makes me rescan about every morning. Just a nuisance and Dish claims that they are working on a fix. If you want to use the Wally with the OTA signal you will need an adapter that requires a USB port. There are only two USB ports on it but I had a USB splitter with four ports. I used the two ports on the Wally to power the splitter. I have the blue tooth adapter, the external hard drive and the WiFi adapter plugged into three of the four ports on the splitter and they all work fine. I run a Dlna server on the network I have running in the RV and the Wally has a compatible media player built in. The remote buttons for fast forward/reverse, pause, etc only works for the DVR function. There is a software solution that works but Dish support knows nothing about it though. Supports Netflix as well as several other online services but you will have to buy the WiFi adapter and have Internet access. I got my Wally from Solidsignal.com for about $70. If you have other questions feel free to ask.

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Thanks for the info. Its interesting you mentioned the trouble Dish is having with the Wally. Today I stopped at a local Dish dealer and he also mentioned the trouble Dish is having with the Wally. He also suggested I stay with my original idea of getting a 211Z. Seeing your troubles and what he told me I think I'll just get the 211Z because I don't need any of the fancy stuff. I just want to watch TV and don't need it for any other uses. Thanks much for all your input.
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Thanks for the info. Its interesting you mentioned the trouble Dish is having with the Wally. Today I stopped at a local Dish dealer and he also mentioned the trouble Dish is having with the Wally. He also suggested I stay with my original idea of getting a 211Z. Seeing your troubles and what he told me I think I'll just get the 211Z because I don't need any of the fancy stuff. I just want to watch TV and don't need it for any other uses. Thanks much for all your input.
If you do decide that you want to combine OTA with the Dish guide you will need to buy the USB OTA adapter with the 211z. If you happen to find a VIP211K it already has that capability built in. I owned a 211K and bought the Wally when the 211K crapped out. I bought my mother a VIP211Z so I am familiar with all three models. Dish won't admit it but the Wally was not quite ready for prime time.

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