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The Solid Signal Blog FAQ

Are you looking for information about our products? Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions.

If I purchase a satellite dish, can I install it myself?

Many customers have made the choice to purchase the equipment themselves and install it themselves, it just depends on your skill level. We have helped many people install a satellite dish for the first time. While installing the dish may not be that difficult, it does take some patience and a lot of fine tuning. Contact Solid Signal Tech Support for documentation, and videos on how to install your dish.

What satellite dish do I need for DIRECTV HD?

This depends on what satellite your local HD Channels are broadcast. This information is not easy to find. One way is to call DIRECTV to find out where your locals are coming from. Currently there are two main types of satellite dishes. The SL3 or SlimLine 3 Dish receives satellite 99, 101, and 103. The SL5 or Slim Line 5 Dish receivers all the same satellites as the SL3 (99, 101, 103) Plus satellite 110 and 119. So if you are unsure we recommend getting the SL5 Dish that covers all satellites necessary to get DIRECTV HD.

Does the SWM Dish work with the SWM Switches?

It is an "either-or" situation. If you want to use an external SWM module like the SWM8 or SWM16, you must use a non-SWM dish like the Slimline3. You cannot add a SWM module to a SWM dish.

What are my options for getting DIRECTV HD in my RV?

Currently there are two options: For an RV Mounted system the Trav'ler by Winegard is the solution. It has access to all five of the DIRECTV satellites. For a mobile setup that is not vehicle mounted, you can get a standard SL3 or SL5 dish and a tripod kit.

How do I ground my DIRECTV Satellite Dish?

Grounding in most DIRECTV setups consists of a high frequency grounding block to ground all the cables before they enter a building. However if you wish to ground the satellite dish itself you will need scrape off some of the powder coating on the J-mount around one of the screws, so the metal surface is exposed. Now you can make sufficient contact between the ground wire and mount by wrapping the ground wire around the bolt before tightening it in. We recommend running a separate ground wire from the satellite dish to the grounding rod.

What is this this SWM feature I keep reading about?

SWM stands for Single Wire Multiswitch. (It's sometimes spelled SWiM.) It signifies the ability to take a single coax cable and split it up to eight times using special satellite splitters. The distribution is similar to that of cable TV. Allowing for less holes in the walls, and the ability to run one line to feed both tuners in a DVR.

What Satellite Dish do I have?

We have created a page with picture to help you identify what satellite dish you currently have. Visit this page to find out.

What satellite signal meter do you recommend for alligning a SL3 or SL5 satellite dish?

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