This post is in follow-up to my earlier questions. Although there were no replies, I'm posting what I've learned. Take note that I'm not an installer and have no professional training. I was able however to install the 75e dish with the xKU LNBF, orient to the correct satellite thanks to the (paint buy numbers guide
), and get Shaw to remotely activate/update my older DSR505 receivers to work with the new xKU LNBF.
1. If the receiver is coded for the older LNB, will the receiver satellite indicator change from red to green when honing in on the satellite if the dish is equipped with the xKu LNBF?
Answer: Yes, however only on channel 252. For purposes of aiming the dish, the red/green signal indicator on the front panel is not very helpful. Neither is "Tune Satellite Signal" Options 4-3-1.
2. Should SL, SQ and SS on the diagnostics screen update as the dish is adjusted, if the receiver (coded for the older LNB) is connected to the newer xKU LNBF? If "yes", what numbers indicate a good signal?
Answer: Yes. Accessing the hidden diagnostic screen (Options 4-9-7-7-1) reveals values for SL (Signal Level), SQ (Signal Quality), SS (Signal Strength). These values are a direct real time feed from the xKU LNBF. Aiming the dish to find the Anik F2 satellite is way easier than using the graphic signal strength display. Values I was able to achieve were SL:94 SQ:94 SS:70. I've learned that a SL of 94 is exceptional and not typical. Minimum SL I was told by a tech to receive the update is 70. (PS: Right and Left arrows on the remote allow you to page through the diagnostic information).
3. If the receiver needs to be updated in order to tune the dish, how do you do this? From what I've read the receiver update is sent to the receiver via satellite. Seems like an impossibility if I can't first get the receiver to receive the signal.
The receiver does not need to be updated to tune the xKU LNBF 72e dish. Uncertain if required however my approach was to factory reset (Options 4-9-8-8) and tune to channel 252. (Receiver defaults to 299 after rebooting from the factory reset).
Other tidbit that helped resolve my issue was using dishpointer.com. Plugged in my address, selected "Starchoice 107W & 111W". Values provided by this site were more accurate than Shaw's installation guide.
One other challenge I had was getting a Shaw tech on the telephone that was knowledgeable in what needed to be done. Receiver must be on channel 252 to activate and receive the update. The Shaw tech must also enter the correct v code in the system on their end. It took multiple calls/attempts with techs at Shaw before finding one that recognized the issue was with the v code and knew how to correct. Uncertain if related however once the correct v code was entered and update received, System Status (Options 4-7) indicated a Network Data Status of 551-4323. All other prior attempts to remotely update the receiver failed and presented a lower number.
Thanks to everyone who has posted experiences, tips and solutions. Great reading and I've learned much more than I ever intended. Perhaps next time I'll simply give up and have them send out a technician.