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Old 09-22-2018, 02:03 PM   #1
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DirectTV wireless

Primed to sign on with DirectTV and am curious if anyone is utilizing the wireless receivers that Direct offers, and if so, would you recommend or advise to stay with the hard wired receivers? I've read about all the wiring issues with our Monty's and thought that perhaps this may be a way to circumvent those issues? Also, any idea of the data consumption in using these wireless receivers?
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Old 09-22-2018, 06:29 PM   #2
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I have DTV but no wireless devices. That said, I believe the primary receiver (Genii) is hardwired with a RG6 coax to the antenna (no WiFi connection). The mini-Genii's are subordinate to the primary unit. The mini can use a WiFi network created by the primary Genii and consequently there is no drain on your WiFi data account.

You will have to punch a hole in your Montana if you want to have both DTV (or Dish) and Cable/OTA. If you can live without one of the other, the existing wiring can be used once you remove the Diplexors.

I can understand using DTV in the RV if you already have it at home and/or you are a fulltimer. Otherwise Dish is much more RV tolerant and has the Pay as You Go plan where you can turn the service on or off.
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Old 09-22-2018, 08:19 PM   #3
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I'll comment only on satellite providers … I was with DirectTV for 14 years. I never had a reception issue other than toad soaker rains, but I did have issue with constant need to haggle on price changes as each promotional term was up. I tried Dish Pay as You Go and really like it. Somewhat cheaper than DTV and infinitely more RVer friendly as to changing location and as to stopping and starting service. I cannot see ever switching back.
I did install a tru the wall connector direct to my living room TV as I'm using a PathwayX2 which is sensitive to cable length and splitters in said cable run. Works great for us.
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I had the wireless receivers and hated them so much I paid the penalty for canceling the plan before it expired. For me, they were not reliable and required resetting often. As if the hardware was not technologically advanced enough to perform such a simple task.
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Old 09-22-2018, 08:29 PM   #5
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I have the wireless unit from DTV and there a few issues that have come up since it was installed last Dec. One issue is it has paused about 2-3 seconds once and a while but I have noticed has not been as frequent as the first 3-4 months. At this time I think it has happened maybe once in 2-3 weeks. Right now it is our home base so that might help the matter.
Butch is correct on the description of the equipment and install. It does have more capacity for recording and number of shows you can record a one time.
3-4 months ago I would of told you to stick with the hard wired unit but it has been somewhat trouble free for a few months so now I am a toss up.
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Old 09-23-2018, 05:05 AM   #6
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We're not full-timers yet but will be spending 5-plus months a year traveling and plan on utilizing the DirectTV/Dish at home, and then packing it up and taking it with us when we travel. I appreciate all of your comments/advice and have one last question for now...what satellite antennae are you utilizing for DTV?

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one last question for now...what satellite antennae are you utilizing for DTV?
Good question. The little portable antennas will only receive SD signals from DTV. With Dish they provide HD and SD. Most of us with DTV are HD snobs and have opted for the big antenna mounted on a tripod and/or a rooftop mounted automatic antenna. The rooftop ones are great but not so much when parked under trees. Then a tripod is necessary.

The other consideration is that DTV is discontinuing SD broadcast around April 2019. Consequently those small portable antennas will likely be useless for DTV (but Dish will still work).
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Old 09-25-2018, 05:17 AM   #8
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Thanks again for the great info Carl. Looks like I may need to reevaluate my decision of DTV and reconsider Dish.
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Old 09-25-2018, 11:38 AM   #9
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I have the Dish system with the roof mounted traveler antenna. Love the dish system and they just, well last month allow one to change local channels on their phone app. No need to call them. I used it on our last trip across country. A 5000 mile road trip and I was able to change local channels at every stop.
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Old 09-30-2018, 02:33 PM   #10
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I changed from Time Warner at home (now Spectrum/Direct TV/AT&T) to DISH so we could have a rooftop dish mounted on our Monty and have the on/off feature. In my 66 years of life I have dealt with VERY few (could count them on less than one hand) of companies that have customer service that remotely compares to DISH. Just my$.02.
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X2 on Dish. I use the tailgater antenna with a Direct hookup to my Wally through my entertainment center slide. 10 minutes tops I’m watching tv with my local channels no matter where I’m located.
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What is a Wally? Is it a DVR and if so, how many stations can be recorded at one time?

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We r full time. We took all our ‘stuff’ for the DTV with us. Bought a new dish & tripod. Have to setup when we move ( and call for local channels) but that system works well for us
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Old 10-01-2018, 04:56 PM   #14
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The Wally is only a receiver. Can be used as a dvr with an addition of a hard drive with around a $30 one time charge. You'll get all the channels you get at home. It's$7 a month and you can turn it on and off at no charge.
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Bnrc73: I have the DISH satellite on my roof and two DISH receivers inside, one in the living room and one in the bedroom. What is involved in adding a DVR so I can record while on the road? Can recorded programs be "extracted" once you get home? Thanks.
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You can get the hard drive from Dish for around $30. Not sure on the technical side of how it works. The hard drive will probably plug into your Hopper at home. I'd just call dish and ask to talk to someone in the Dish RV department. I will be setting mine up before I leave for Texas in December.
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I changed from Time Warner at home (now Spectrum/Direct TV/AT&T) to DISH so we could have a rooftop dish mounted on our Monty and have the on/off feature. In my 66 years of life I have dealt with VERY few (could count them on less than one hand) of companies that have customer service that remotely compares to DISH. Just my$.02.
We have had Dish 21 years. When we went FT, we took the home receiver & Dish with us. The dish is now in storage and we have a carry out dome that finds all the satellites for us.
We are on the a la cart plan & get everything we want for about $70.00.
They don't yank customers around at all. And when rates change, we talk to their customer retention Dept, and they always work with us. But, being a customer before Charlie Ergen became a billionaire with dish helps.
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We r full time. We took all our ‘stuff’ for the DTV with us. Bought a new dish & tripod. Have to setup when we move ( and call for local channels) but that system works well for us
Actually their "Chat" feature on the web site works better than calling them. Takes about 5 minutes total and the locals are changed. Phone app does not work for my account.
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