5 Stars By Scintor on 2017-05-16
Wally + Winegard antenna is a beautiful thing to behold!
Easy, flawless installation on first attempt. Picture on TV is beautiful 1080p HD. The Wally works just like our Hopper does at home, so there is no "learning" curve at all. Antenna is light weight, yet sturdy. We set it up on the tripod we purchased along with the antenna, made sure the handle was pointing north, and it found all three western arc satellites as promised. It took approximately 30 minutes from set up to TV watching what with all the software downloading. IN short, very pleased.
5 Stars By kbellco on 2017-03-17
The Pathway X2 is easy to set up and gives you full HD reception with DishNetwork.
The Pathway X2 is easy to set up and gives you full HD reception with DishNetwork. It is slightly larger than the Carryout, but gives access to both Eastern and Western arc Satellites. The larger dish also allows for better reception through cloud cover. The kit came with the 211Z receiver. Note that this or the Wally receiver are the only receivers that will power these dishes. Very simple to setup. I had mine going in about 30 minutes the first time it was plugged in. Now when we set up or RV on a new site, it's only about 10 minutes from plugging in to watching TV.
I've not used the 2nd line yet, but I understand that the dish will work with 2 receivers as long as the receivers are expecting to use the same satellite.
5 Stars By Robert McHenry on 2016-04-25
Also works on the East coast!
In a nutshell, it works!
Had a KVH R5 in-motion dome that quit one to many times! I decided that the Pathway X2 was the way to go! We travel both East & West coasts. The X2 will let you select the Eastern OR Western arc satellites. The X1 ONLY will lock on to the Western arc birds, not good on the East coast!.
Hva had this antenna for a couple weeks now & so far so good. I have been putting it on the roof but someday soon I'll use the 25' of coax when I end up under trees.
5 Stars By L. Moore on 2014-04-05
I bought the Winegard antenna because it was easier to setup than the Tailgater. Was not disappointed. Easy to setup and works great.
5 Stars By Pondgoddess on 2015-06-15
Easy set up but here are some things to know
Easy set up but here are some things to know. If you have DISH at home and are bundled with your phone company, do not let them transfer you to that company! Also, do not call Winegard as stated in the instructions! Deal directly with the DISH rep that handles the account you have to set up for DISH Pay as you go. We were billed twice, they cancelled our home service and no one really knew what was going on. And since this was new for us, neither did we! Also, you only get primetime stations if you call each nite with location. Apparently a government reg. , and you will get those locals. With DISH, you get all the stations you get at home for $7 a month and can turn on and off every 30 days. We have company staying in our RV this summer and kept ours on so they can use their TV! Takes about 15-20 minutes to get satelite service when first setting up in new area. So for all that we love it!
4 Stars By Mr. Dale A. Stagg on 2017-07-03
So far, I have only used this item once. I bought the dish and receiver here because it was cheaper to get it with receiver than without since I did not need another receiver, but will keep it for a just in case need later. As for the satellite, it found all three satellites in a reasonable time. I have an old Tailgater satellite which still works great but it is a little top heavy and I have to strap it down where this one is more stable and wanted the option of using two different satellite orbits for camping in RV for when trees are present. I can't say it found satellites or downloaded the guide any quicker than my old smaller satellite, but it did work just fine. It takes up more room than my old Tailgater, but the larger dish has to do better than the smaller dish on my old satellite dish. I like the option of using the tripod made for this also which I didn't use one in the past.
4 Stars By jerryeasthartford on 2016-12-28
Dish is very good, avoid the VIP211Z package if for RV use
Great signal strength, it has worked thru rain strorms,
CAUTION: The package with the VIP211Z does NOT have a connector for TV cable, I had to buy a $40 adapter, not good for RV use, Get the VIP211K receiver that does have the TV cable connector.
4 Stars By K. Butterfield on 2016-01-22
Effect and easy to use with minimal drawbacks
I bought this for our RV two years ago to follow weather as a disaster responder. I love the fact that it gets both eastern arc or western arc satellites. If you want to use two TVs to view separate channels you must use the eastern arc satellites. Local channels are only found on western arc, which is why I give it a 4 rather than a 5 star rating. It's more a criticism of the way DISH has their satellites set rather than the system. Changing local channels when we move our RV is relatively easy. However, some of their phone reps don't know how to do it and they will tell you it can't be done or that they did it when they didn't do anything. When that happens I will either ask for their supervisor or call back and talk to someone else.
The set up is simple - set the antenna with the connectors pointing approximately north (precision isn't critical) and the base level. Connect the antenna cable to the antenna and the VIP211 box (mine connects through the satellite connection on the outside of the RV with a second cable from the satellite connector inside the RV to the VIP211). Connect the VIP211 box to the TV with either RCA cables or HDMI cables. Plug it in and turn it on with the TV on whatever input is the satellite system (HDMI or AV). Follow the on screen instruction and let it work. It does take some time to acquire the satellites (5-10 minutes) but not nearly as much time as a point it yourself antenna. Occasionally it will lose the satellites either because of someone moving the antenna standing in front of the antenna or ??? but you just run the connect program from the menu and you are back in business.
The system is effective, but does require a fairly clear line of sight to the satellite. I have gotten signal through sparse trees but the loss of signal occurs more frequently the greater the blockage by any obstacle.
You can run two TVs from this from a single antenna input if you they are watching the same satellite channel. We run a TV outside and one inside by connecting one TV to the HDMI output of the VIP211 and the other TV is connected to the AV output. This way when we have friends over we don't have to all sit inside to watch the "big game".
We also have a hard drive connected to the system to record shows. It is not the DISH network version (the Hopper) but just a regular hard drive connected via USB (they still charge $5 for you to connect it initially). It isn't fast enough to do a good job with HD channels but is very good on SD channels. The playback very nicely with a good picture even on our 50" TV.
As I said we have had this system for two years and I would recommend this system, but don't expect it to do things the satellite systems of DISH aren't programmed to do, like getting local channels and multi-tv use on separate channels from a single set of satellites.
5 Stars By Jack E. Henderson on 2015-03-01
The X2 took maybe 5 minutes to deploy and have ...
The X2 took maybe 5 minutes to deploy and have it lock on to the satellites, the receiver took another 5, and after a 5 minute call to dish we were watching TV. From out of the box to watching TV in 15 minutes.
4 Stars By Shauna N. Christian on 2015-11-20
Works great, unfortunately it doesn't have a roof mount
Works great, unfortunately it doesn't have a roof mount. I ended up making my own mount and it has had no problems on the roof of my rv.