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Old 11-21-2011, 06:05 PM   #1
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Direct TV & Internet question

We close next week on the house and hit the road. I have scheduled Direct TV to install some gear in the fiver this week before we leave. Also included is their Internet service thru Verizon. Simple question: Am I missing something for taking this set-up on the road? I know this is not a setup for in motion service. I was up front with the salesperson and explained the RV situation. Unfortunately, this person did not speak English too well (discussion for another time). She asked if the RV will be "moving" and I said "not when I'm watching sat tv, but, I do plan on relocating my camper and using the service in another part of the country". It was like a "whose on first, what's on second" routine.
Any thoughts or opinions (I have a day or two to cancel).
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Old 11-21-2011, 06:38 PM   #2
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Do you have an automatic dish of some sort, or will you be aiming a regular dish manually? Or is your RV going to remain in the same place for a long time, and DirecTv is going to set up and aim your dish?
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Do you have an automatic dish of some sort, or will you be aiming a regular dish manually? Or is your RV going to remain in the same place for a long time, and DirecTv is going to set up and aim your dish?
I have a dish that came with my rig; it is not automatic. I was hoping to get the equipment from Direct (free offer) and have them install it at first. Then I would invest in a signal finder when we move. I have never had satellite tv before, but, I understand the basics (e.g. Locate dish away from obstructions).
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Setting up a satellite dish is something that anyone can do, if they'll study a bit and understand what they're doing.

If you plan to set up an 18" round dish and receive SD signals, you probably can do it with a compass and using the display on the TV to adjust your dish (if you have some help to holler out the readings). Also, there are fairly cheap squawker devices that can help you get it adjusted.

My dish is capable of receiving HD signals, and I found I had to have a real signal meter to adjust it. Meters that allow reading HD signals start at about $250. HD signals are somewhat more difficult to align your dish to, but it is do-able. Some people report success adjusting for HD with the "look at the screen display and holler" approach, but I found I had to have a meter.

I'm assuming your internet offering requires a telephone land line, so of course that could work only where there is a land line available.

A big issue with any satellite service is having a line of sight to the satellite. Usually a line of sight is available, but in heavly wooded areas it may be hard to find or not there at all. Also, unless you have an RV account and get approved for national networks (ABC CBS NBC FOX), your networks will disappear as you move out of the specific satellite footprint that your local networks use.
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Old 11-21-2011, 07:41 PM   #5
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You touched upon my Abbott & Costello routine - I asked about the need for a phone line and was told "no" it is bundled thru the Directv service. So, is a phone line required? I'm too tired to call them tonight and ask again.
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Old 11-21-2011, 08:24 PM   #6
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Hmmm...

Here's how I know you can connect to the internet:

1) DSL or dial up on a landline
2) Cell phone/modem connection (cellphone could be bundled with DirecTV, but surely not for free)
3) Satellite (not the kind used for DirecTV)
4) Cable TV (likely not offered by DirecTV)
5) WiFi offered near where you are

So I suspect they are talking about DSL on a landline
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Old 11-21-2011, 09:11 PM   #7
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If we sell our house this summer we will be dropping Dish Network and changing to Direct. I have set up Dish on our river lot and it wasn't fun. The guy helping/showing me how to do it kept saying Direct is sooo much easier to get a satelite lock. I guess two or three eyes are harder to sight in than one. He said with Direct you just have to get close and with Dish you have to be almost perfect.
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Old 11-21-2011, 10:43 PM   #9
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Verizon MIFI works great for us.... I can get WIFI Hot Spot anywhere we get Verizon Cell Phone Service. The MIFI is a standalone device and does not need to be directly connected to a computer. It transmits a WIFI HOT SPOT signal about 50-60 feet around the MIFI unit. Then you can log into the WIFI Hot Spot if your devices is WIFI ready.

Our MIFI unit allows up to five users at the same time. This covers our two computers as well as the tablets... Have used it alot even driveing down the road. It is also great for sitting out on the beachs with the mifi unit in my shirt pocket which will operate for about four hours on internal battery.. Everyone in our party has full WIFI Hot Spot coverage...

I got my unit before Verizon changed plans and I have the 3GB Data Plan for $27 a mon. Now I think they have the 5GB data plan for $50 a month.

Works great for us.

Dont forget about using your crank-up OTA BatWing Antenna for picking up the NATL BROADCAST (CBS-ABC-NBC-FOX-PBS) local HDTV Digital signals. We get from 6-36 High Def digital TV just about anywhere we go here on the Eastern part of the US using our 22-inch VIZIO HDTV LCD TV.... This is free and is full screen High Def signals. I used to use DIRECTV whichs drops the local TV signals when you got outside your zipcode. I eventually dropped Directv all together. The local HDTV covers just about everything we want to see anyway. We sometimes watch TV over the internet for special things. Just log into the TV NETWORKS and you can watch the cable tv station for just about all the shows you would see on cable or SAT TV. They may be a day late but who's counting days... The downside to this is it does eat up your MIFI dataplan so you have to watch that pretty close.
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Standard Digital DIrect TV

You can "activate" the unit on the phone or on the web. Its a one time thing. I strongly recomend that you do the activation ( a one time thing) and first setup and confirmation with a Direct TV Tech. I did mine in the front yard to verify that everyting would dial in. Had a clear line of site to the 101 Sattelite. Since then its been touch and go with the ground mouted antenna. Finding a clear line of site is not as easy with the dish mouted on the ground as I thought at first.

Next time its going to be a automated roof mouted unit Less pesky trees.

I found a web site that gives visual clues as to the azmuth which helps a lot. I look up my camp sites positon and get the actual think i shoud be pointing towards ( easier than compas) . Your shooting for less than 2 degrees from what i can see. The signal meter gets me right on. Then my wife can surf the dish and i can fish in peace.

http://www.dishpointer.com/ For DIrect TV i belive it the 101W
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