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 Solid Signal  What DIRECTV dish antenna type do I have?
What kind of dish do you have? - A guide to identifying your DIRECTV satellite dish antenna.

Satellite Dish Models Explained - DIRECTV SlimLine & "SWM" technology information
Looking for Multiswitch´s Compatible with your older DIRECTV Dish?
AU9-SL3 Triple LNB Ka/Ku Slim Line AU9-SL3 Triple LNB Ka/Ku Slim Line SWM MPEG-4 Compatible "Slim line" Ka/Ku Band Dish MPEG-4 Compatible "SWM Line" Ka/Ku Band Dish SWM AU9-SL5
AU9-SL3-SWM Click to Zoom
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AU9-S-SWM Click to Zoom AU9-S-SWM Click to Zoom
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AU9-SL3 Triple LNB Ka/Ku Slim Line
(4) Outputs
Each Output Carries
99 99 99 99
101 101 101 101
103 103 103 103


AU9-SL3 Triple LNB Ka/Ku Slim Line SWM
(1) Outputs
The Output Carries
99
101
103


MPEG4 Ku/Ka Dish
Original AU9-S
(4) Outputs
Each Output Carries
99 99 99 99
101 101 101 101
103 103 103 103
110 110 110 110
119 119 119 119
Ka Satellites are listed in yellow boxes


MPEG4 Ku/Ka Dish SWM
Original AU9-S
(1) Outputs
The Output Carries
99
101
103
110
119
Ka Satellites are listed in yellow boxes
Dish Notes
This New Slimline dish from DIRECTV is smaller, lighter and better looking. This kit comes with a SL3 LNB to receive 101°, 99°, 103° degree satellites. This dish can receive MPEG-4 compression (better quality) HD content, which is the format the new HD content is broadcast in. The SWM Version of the SL3 gets all the same satellites, but offers the added convenience of carrying the signal down a single cable. From that cable you can split the signal up to eight times. This is one of the few dishes that require a power supply. Dish integrates a built-in switch to handle both Ku and Ka (99°/103°) satellite signals. This dish receives exactly what the Phase III dish does, with the addition of the newest satellite in the sky for local HD channel programming. This dish can receive MPEG-4 compression (better quality) HD content, which is the format the new HD content is broadcast in. The SWM Version of the SL5 gets all the same satellites, but offers the added convenience of carrying the signal down a single cable. From that cable you can split the signal up to eight times. This is one of the few dishes that require a power supply.
Compatible Multiswitch List
Note:
The first digit is the number of inputs, second digit is the number of outputs. For example, a 4x8 multiswitch has four inputs and eight outputs. An odd number of inputs (3 or 5) means that there is an additional input for TV Antenna or Cable TV feed. Using the additional input also requires the use of diplexers, which separate the satellite and alternate feeds at the receiver drop point. Satellite signal is the primary feed on an output from a multiswitch, so it is not necessary to use a diplexer if you do not plan to utilize the alternate feed at any one receiver point.
WB-68 (6x8)
WBS41202NF (4x12)
WBS41602NF (4x16)
MS-WB616 (6x16)
WB616 (6x16)
SMS41209WBP (4x16)
SMS41609WBP (4x16)
SWM5 (4x16)
SWM8 (4x16)
WB-68 (6x8)
WBS41202NF (4x12)
WBS41602NF (4x16)
MS-WB616 (6x16)
WB616 (6x16)
SMS41209WBP (4x16)
SMS41609WBP (4x16)
SWM5 (4x16)
SWM8 (4x16)

Other Currently Available DIRECTV Satellite Dishes
Phase I Satellite Dish Single Dual LNB Phase III
Satellite Dish
International
Satellite Dish


Phase I Dish
(2) Outputs
Each Output Carries
A A
Each Output Carries
101 101


Phase III Dish
(4) Outputs
Each Output Carries
A A A A
C C C C
B B B B
Each Output Carries
101 101 101 101
110 110 110 110
119 119 119 119


International 36" Dish
(2) Output
Dual Output
95 West
101 West
Dish Notes
Dish receives basic DIRECTV programming on SAT-A. This may include local area programming in select markets. Multiswitches used with this dish type are 2xn or 3xn, 3xn are used when using antenna or cable feed with diplexers. Dish LNB head has built-in 5x4 multiswitch to combine SAT A, B & C signals to four identical outputs carrying all three SATs. This is the most popular DIRECTV dish due its size and capabilities. From the integrated 5x4 switch, a 4xn or 5xn multiswitch can be used to distribute to n receivers. All four feeds must be connected to the switch in order receive all three SATs on n outputs, This dish is primarily used for DIRECTV"s WorldDIRECTTM International programming service. This dish requires the use of a flexport type multiswitch. There is only one available model for flexport multiswitches, the SAM-6802 6x8 from Zinwell. The outputs from this dish are connected to the flexport inputs on the SAM-6802. The other four inputs are for feeds from any other DIRECTV dish.
Compatable Multiswitch List
Note:
The first digit is the number of inputs, second digit is the number of outputs. For example, a 4x8 multiswitch has four inputs and eight outputs. An odd number of inputs (3 or 5) means that there is an additional input for TV Antenna or Cable TV feed. Using the additional input also requires the use of diplexers, which separate the satellite and alternate feeds at the receiver drop point. Satellite signal is the primary feed on an output from a multiswitch, so it is not necessary to use a diplexer if you do not plan to utilize the alternate feed at any one receiver point.
SMS241F (2x4)
SMS261F (2x6)
SMK2261F (2x6)
SMS281F (2x8)
DTV3X4 (3x4)
BMS-34 (3x4)
PVMS4EP (3x4)
SMS3603NF (3x6)
S-2180-CE (3x8)
PVMS8EP (3x8)
SMS381F (3x8)
SMS3803NF (3x8)
S-2060-GX (3x8)
SWA-48 (4x8)
DTV4X8 (4x8)
SMS5602NF (5x6)
S-4180-GX (5x8)
PVMS5X8 (5x8)
BMS-58 (5x8)
DMS5802NF (5x8)
DMS51202NF (5x12)
DMS51602NF (5x16)
SKY5800 (5x8)
SKY5120A (5x12)
SKY5160A (5x16)
WB-68 (6x8)
Older (no longer available) DIRECTV Satellite Dishes
Phase II
Satellite Dish
(Two LNBs)
Phase II Plus
Satellite Dish
(Three LNBs)
MPEG-4 Compatible Ka/Ku Band
Satellite Dish
Channel Master
Gain Master
Satellite Dish


Phase II Dish
(4) Outputs
Output Carries
A A A A
B B B B
Output Carries
101 101 101 101
119 119 119 119


Phase III Dish
(4) Outputs
Each Output Carries
A A A A
C C C C
B B B B
Each Output Carries
101 101 101 101
110 110 110 110
119 119 119 119


MPEG4 Ku/Ka Dish
Original AT9
(4) Outputs
Each Output Carries
99 99 99 99
101 101 101 101
103 103 103 103
110 110 110 110
119 119 119 119
Ka Satellites are listed in yellow boxes


Gain Master Dish
(4) Outputs
Output Carries
A A
C
B B
Output Carries
101 101
110
119 119
Dish Notes
This dish may have two or three LNBs. The SAT-C LNB may have been installed after initial installation, connected with a SAT-C combiner to SAT-B as in the Gain Master dish. Typically, a 4x4 multiswitch is used to combine either SAT-A and SAT-B or SAT-A, SAT-B, and SAT-C. From the 4x4 switch, a 4xn or 5xn multiswitch can be used to distribute to n receivers. Very similar to the Phase II satellite dish, with the addition of an integrated 5x4 multiswitch. The LNBs on this dish clip into place, right into the inputs of the 5x4 switch. From the integrated 5x4 switch, a 4xn or 5xn multiswitch can be used to distribute to n receivers. All four feeds must be connected to the switch in order receive all three SATs on n outputs, Dish integrates a built-in switch to handle both Ku and Ka (99°/103°) satellite signals. This dish receives exactly what the Phase III dish does, with the addition of the newest satellite in the sky for local HD channel programming (in select markets where available). The difference is, this dish can receive MPEG-4 compression (better quality) HD content, which is the format the new HD content is broadcast in. Dish LNB head has built-in 5x4 multiswitch to combine SAT A, B & C signals to four identical outputs carrying all three SATs. This is the most popular DIRECTV dish due its size and capabilities. From the integrated 5x4 switch, a 4xn or 5xn multiswitch can be used to distribute to n receivers. All four feeds must be connected to the switch in order receive all three SATs on n outputs,
Compatable Multiswitch List
Note:
The first digit is the number of inputs, second digit is the number of outputs. For example, a 4x8 multiswitch has four inputs and eight outputs. An odd number of inputs (3 or 5) means that there is an additional input for TV Antenna or Cable TV feed. Using the additional input also requires the use of diplexers, which separate the satellite and alternate feeds at the receiver drop point. Satellite signal is the primary feed on an output from a multiswitch, so it is not necessary to use a diplexer if you do not plan to utilize the alternate feed at any one receiver point.
SWA-48 (4x8)
DTV4X8 (4x8)
SMS5602NF (5x6)
S-4180-GX (5x8)
PVMS5X8 (5x8)
BMS-58 (5x8)
DMS5802NF (5x8)
DMS51202NF (5x12)
DMS51602NF (5x16)
SKY5800 (5x8)
SKY5120A (5x12)
SKY5160A (5x16)
SWA-48 (4x8)
DTV4X8 (4x8)
SMS5602NF (5x6)
S-4180-GX (5x8)
PVMS5X8 (5x8)
BMS-58 (5x8)
DMS5802NF (5x8)
DMS51202NF (5x12)
DMS51602NF (5x16)
SKY5800 (5x8)
SKY5120A (5x12)
SKY5160A (5x16)
WB-68 (6x8)
WBS41202NF (4x12)
WBS41602NF (4x16)
MS-WB616 (6x16)
WB616 (6x16)
SMS41209WBP (4x16)
SMS41609WBP (4x16)
SWM5 (4x16)
SWM8 (4x16)
SWA-48 (4x8)
DTV4X8 (4x8)
SMS5602NF (5x6)
S-4180-GX (5x8)
PVMS5X8 (5x8)
BMS-58 (5x8)
DMS5802NF (5x8)
DMS51202NF (5x12)
DMS51602NF (5x16)
SKY5800 (5x8)
SKY5120A (5x12)
SKY5160A (5x16)


Slim Line Dishes Explained:

The SL3 SWM, has all the features of the standard SL3, with the addition of a single wire multiswitch. There is a single output on the dish, once ran into the building, the single line can be split up to eight times using DirecTV approved splitters. This system does not allow usage of diplexers for off-air TV reception or cable TV.

AU9-SL3 Triple LNB K

The SL3 3LNB mounts on the same dish that the original Slim Line 5LNB uses. It picks up 99, and 103 on the Ka band and 101 on the Ku. For most customers there is no need for the 110 and 119 and were used on the previous 3 LNB because DIRECTV is moving legacy HD over to 103 and 99. This increases the coverage area of the satellites so more people can get programming.

AU9-SL3 Triple LNB Ka/Ku Slim Line SWM

The SL3 SWM, has all the features of the standard SL3, with the addition of a single wire multiswitch. There is a single output on the dish, once ran into the building, the single line can be split up to eight times using DIRECTV approved splitters. This system does not allow usage of diplexers for off-air TV reception or cable TV.

MPEG-4 Compatible "SWM Line" Ka/Ku Band Dish SWM AU9-SL5 SWM

The SL5 uses the Single Wire Multiswitch (SWM) technology to carry multiple channels of satellite signal down one line. Once inside the building you can split this up to eight receivers, something previously possible with cable tv. However this dish does not currently allow Diplexing since there is no off-air antenna input on the dish.

MPEG-4 Compatible "Slim line" Ka/Ku Band Dish AU9-SL5

The Slim Line dish is DIRECTV´s first 5-LNB dish, it receives satellites 99, 101, 103, 110 119. This dish was also the first to use the KA band by DIRECTV (satellites 99 and 103). It is called the Wide Band system because these new satellites run a lower frequency not previously used, and is also the reason you cannot use previous satellite equipment on it that passes 900-2150MHz. The Wide band runs on 250-2150MHz, which overlaps frequencies used by cable TV and off-air broadcasts. Diplexing, or the merging of CATV or off-air TV with satellite is not possible on this dish, because of the frequency conflict.

Installation Video for SWM Compatible Dishes - MPEG-4 Compatible "SWM Line" Ka/Ku Band Dish SWM & AU9-SL3 Triple LNB Ka/Ku Slim Line SWM
PART 1

PART 2


Other Information About DIRECTV Satellite Dish Types:

Phase I Satellite Dish

A standard 18" dish with one LNB connecting to satellite A at 101 degrees. DIRECTV started out with this dish in 1996. This dish does not receive HD programming.

Phase III Satellite Dish

In 2002 DIRECTV released the Triple LNB Phase III dish that points at 101°W, 110°W, and 119°W. This style dish is capable of receiving high-definition programming and local programming in some markets on SAT-C (110). Other local market programming is broadcast on either SAT-A or SAT-B. The Triple LNB solid head incorporates an integrated 5x4 multiswitch which provides four identical satellite feeds carrying satellite signals collected from all three SATs (SAT-A, SAT-B, and SAT-C). Using this dish, one could connect up to four single input DIRECTV satellite receivers, or two dual input DVRs, such as the R15 or HR20. The triple-LNB dish may be be required in some areas to receive local programming through DIRECTV.

International Satellite Dish

This is the largest of the satellite dishes at 87cm in diameter. For use with DIRECTV new local market programming, ParasTodos, and other new international program offerings. The LNB on this dish points at 95°W and satellite 101°; with a 6x8 Flexport Multiswitch you can integrate the signal with your standard satellite dish.



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