When the installers came and upgraded me to the Gen4, they put the dish on the same pole the original dish had been installed on back in 2004. From what I understand, the dish points lower in the sky than the old one, and I have quite a large concern regarding what is going to happen come Springtime when my trees start to grow leaves. From the way it looks to me, I am almost certain it is going to impede my service, as the old dish pointed JUST over the tops of the trees.
My question is this...being that they installed it where it is, if my service does start to have problems when the trees begin to fill out, Hughesnet will be responsible for moving the dish to a higher location because it wasn't installed in the right position in the first place,right? Right now my beam strength hovers around 118, but again, I think that's going to change.
I just hope they won't expect me to pay for the installers' mistake.
I would have posted this privately, but I thought maybe someone else had been through a similar situation. Thanks.
The actual "look angle" is about 30 to 40 degrees up from the level of the dish arm.
The best way to tell is to get a good understanding on what your normal "good weather " signal strength" is ( also know where you Gateway is located because the line of site from the Sat to your Gateway is the "other half of your connection"). you can find your sig by opening the Modems SCC at 192.168.0.1
If you click on the icon marked as #1 you will see this:
So as a gauge of things get to know your clear weather, non occluded signal level. If/when trees block the signal you will see a drop. They seem to "turn the transponder power" up a little in the winter at least on the beams in the north that are likely to have more of a heavy cloud cover in winter.
You can find your Gateway location by looking at the first three letters here:
The next two numbers will be your "beam"
To gain a little more insight in the Beam/Gateway architecture see my topic here:
To directly answer your question:
"My question is this...being that they installed it where it is, if my service does start to have problems when the trees begin to fill out, Hughesnet will be responsible for moving the dish to a higher location because it wasn't installed in the right position in the first place,right?"
In the past if a installer made a poor installation choice, like he "cheaped out" to increase his profit, be it time or materials, Hughes has done right by the customer and had the dish moved free of charge.
These days all installers have to take and submit picture of certain key areas of the installation before being paid.
There has been a few "mixups" of installers faking the pictures but that is VERY rare and Hughes will stand behind the install.
My advice, just keep an eye on it .. if problems develop just respond to this topic and the Mods will run remote diags on your system and pull up the install pictures.
To add, going by the "look angle", it may be okay. I say may. If I follow the arm, it's pointed directly at the top of the trees. Actually, specifically, one tree. If it does give me problems, the tree is just a random tree and it's not all that important. If it's the tree or my internet, the tree will go.