Can you put a SWM-13 LNB on an existing Slimline dish?

Yes, and it’s super easy. If 8 tuners isn’t enough but you’re not ready to go with an external multiswitch, you’ll find an easy upgrade path in the SWM-13 LNB. This beauty gives you 13 tuners — enough for a Genie and two HR24s — in an easy to install package. If you have an existing Slimline dish, the installation process is very straightforward.

Incredibly easy if you already have a SWM dish
If you’re already using DIRECTV SWM technology, this is a very simple upgrade. If you’re not sure if you’re on the SWM bandwagon, press the {DASH} button on your receiver. If it says “SWiM connected”… you are. Another way to check is to look at the dish itself. If there’s only one wire coming down from it, then you have SWM technology in your system.

At that point, simply go up to the dish and carefully disconnect the LNB (the large part at the very front.) It’s usually two screws holding it in. Then disconnect the coaxial cable from the LNB. A 7/16” wrench is perfect for this. Connect the cable to the new LNB and screw it into the dish.

Rebooting your receivers should automatically detect the new LNB but if there’s still a problem, go into the menu and under Settings & Help/Settings choose either Satellite Setup or Sat&Antenna. Redoing the satellite setup is easy and we have a tutorial that walks you through it.

If you don’t have SWM technology…
Don’t fret, there are just a few extra steps. Start with our SWM-13 upgrade kit and follow the steps in our upgrade guide. You’ll need to make sure all your DIRECTV receivers are compatible with SWM technology. All HD receivers are, and all model D12 SD receivers are as well. If you have something older, it’s probably time to replace it anyway.

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