John Canfield said:If you are not going to spend the $6K plus for an automatic dish, then you will be a tripod candidate.
Ned said:...the manual roof mount .... eliminates the biggest advantage of a tripod, flexibility in siting the antenna.
And you have to perform the dangerous act of climbing on the roof to set it up.
John In Detroit said:Manual Roof Mount: Advantages? NO STORAGE SPACE consumed, no hooking and unhooking of cables, other than Disadvantages of:having to climb up onto the roof with the laptop to aim the thing and, of course that stupid tree mentioned above, this is a great selection
John Canfield said:With a .74 meter dish, your choice of providers is pretty much limited to Hughesnet although there are reports of people modifying their transmitters to work with other providers.
If you deal directly with Hughes for the purchase and account setup, then you will unfortunately have brain-dead offshore tech support delivered by non-native English speakers.? Since I have a Datastorm (automatic dish), my account is setup through a Value Added Reseller (VAR), in my case it is through Motosat who happens to be the dish positioner hardware manufacturer.? When I have a problem, I deal with pretty good tech support people in Utah.
Tom said:So does a DataStorm unit
I can't even get Lorna to push the button on the D2
Ned said:I just don't see the advantage of the roof mount other than the storage.
Ned said:The Datastorm has several advantages over either the roof or tripod mounts, but at a higher cost.