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Old 05-05-2014, 12:50 PM   #1
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Pathway x1 vs Pathway x2?

Yeah, I'm still considering which portable to buy. Every time I think I've decided, they come out with something new! I've looked online at the features of each Pathway, and I'm still leaning to the x2 because of the larger reflector...but the small size of the x1 is sort of appealing. It would be easier to stow. Both appear to be quality products and will be equally user-friendly. We would not roof-mount the x1, so that's not a plus in my book.

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The X2 is, as you noticed, larger, His more "Gain" as we call it (Pulls in a stronger signal) and can see both the eastern and western arcs (if you have Dish).

Thus it's the one to buy.

With Dish, Id' get the tailgater before I went with the X1
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The X2 is, as you noticed, larger, His more "Gain" as we call it (Pulls in a stronger signal) and can see both the eastern and western arcs (if you have Dish).

Thus it's the one to buy.

With Dish, Id' get the tailgater before I went with the X1
Thanks. I'm thinking the x2 is the best choice for us.
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+1 on the X2. However, the X2 only works with certain receivers as the dish is powered via the primary coax. I know it works with the 211Z and 211K. Maybe more.
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+1 on the X2. However, the X2 only works with certain receivers as the dish is powered via the primary coax. I know it works with the 211Z and 211K. Maybe more.
We currently own a 211K that we use with our roof-mount KVH TracVision dome. I'm considering a carry out to use as a backup for when we are parked under trees. Also, I'll probably buy the "bundle" which is the x2 and a 211Z receiver.
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We currently own a 211K that we use with our roof-mount KVH TracVision dome. I'm considering a carry out to use as a backup for when we are parked under trees. Also, I'll probably buy the "bundle" which is the x2 and a 211Z receiver.
The Winegard bundle rebate expires in less than two weeks..... Don't miss it if you want the bundle.

By the way, your 211K should work just fine with the Pathway. Since you currently have it connected to a working antenna, it should have loaded the firmware for the Mobile Protocol, and should seamlessly recognize the X1 when you connect it. So maybe you don't need the bundle.....

However, the Winegard rebate makes the bundle an almost free receiver...
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The Winegard bundle rebate expires in less than two weeks..... Don't miss it if you want the bundle.

By the way, your 211K should work just fine with the Pathway. Since you currently have it connected to a working antenna, it should have loaded the firmware for the Mobile Protocol, and should seamlessly recognize the X1 when you connect it. So maybe you don't need the bundle.....

However, the Winegard rebate makes the bundle an almost free receiver...
Thanks, Don. I noticed that the clock is winding down on the rebate, thanks. You say that the 211k should "seamlessly recognize the x1 when connected"... is the same true for the x2? Would you say that the x2 will have an advantage considering the larger reflector? Thanks for all your help.
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Sarah,

Yes the X2 too. Actually, I meant to type X2 and my fingers got one key off.

There are almost always pros and cons in every decision or choice. I believe the X2 has better overall performance and with the ability to access both the eastern and western arcs, gives the X2 a value advantage. That performance comes at a price of bigger and heavier... If you have a little more room and can stand a few more pounds, and positively don't want a roof mount kit, then the X2 is the winner in my mind.

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Yeah, I'm still considering which portable to buy. Every time I think I've decided, they come out with something new! I've looked online at the features of each Pathway, and I'm still leaning to the x2 because of the larger reflector...but the small size of the x1 is sort of appealing. It would be easier to stow. Both appear to be quality products and will be equally user-friendly. We would not roof-mount the x1, so that's not a plus in my book.

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How many receivers do you plan on using?

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How many receivers do you plan on using?

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Hey La Mar. We just use one receiver. As "vacationers" we don't see the need for additional receivers...yet. What's your take on the x1 versus x2?
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Sarah,

In my opinion, it just matters on what your personal preference is. Both units will deliver what you want very well. It just matters if you want something smaller or not. If you are going to be spending a lot of time in the northeastern part of America (ex. New England) then you may want to go with the X2. The X1 is only capable of giving you the eastern arc satellites, which are harder to see once you get into the northeastern part of the country. This would be the only time you would have problems with the X1 and connecting. The X1 is much smaller, and can be roof mounted if you chose later. Both the X1, and X2 will work seamlessly with the 211 series receivers (ViP211k & ViP211z) All you would do is plug in the receiver to the satellite antenna, and follow the prompts on the TV screen and within 10 minutes you should be ready to activate, or watch TV. The X2 does have a larger reflector inside of the dome, making it have better performance with bad weather.

All in all, if you are wanting something compact and aren't going to be around the northeastern corner of America too much, then the X1 would be great. If you do want to have a little extra security in heavy rain, snow, or clouds, and you want to have the option to connect over to the eastern arc satellites, then the X2 would be the better choice. Also, if you guys do decide to become more "advanced" with your camping, and add another receiver box, the X2 will be the best choice - as it will support two receivers much more seamlessly than the X1 will. The X1 is more designed for use with one receiver, and sometimes can be a little complicated when dealing with two. I hope this helps!

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The X1 is only capable of giving you the eastern arc satellites, which are harder to see once you get into the northeastern part of the country. This would be the only time you would have problems with the X1 and connecting.

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Lamar,

You meant to type Western Arc, right?

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Thanks so much to everyone who has commented; I appreciate your input very much. I have one more question regarding the whole east/west arc thing. Is it possible to be in an area where we would typically choose the western arc, but due to line-of-sight issues we'd need to choose the eastern arc instead...and would that be possible? (Just throwing that one out there...)

My last concern is with the size of the X2. I have watched a few video demos and I'm wondering if it will easily stow in a typical basement storage? Also, I read that the X2 is very touchy as to level...does that make it more difficult to set up?

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Thanks so much to everyone who has commented; I appreciate your input very much. I have one more question regarding the whole east/west arc thing. Is it possible to be in an area where we would typically choose the western arc, but due to line-of-sight issues we'd need to choose the eastern arc instead...and would that be possible? (Just throwing that one out there...)

My last concern is with the size of the X2. I have watched a few video demos and I'm wondering if it will easily stow in a typical basement storage? Also, I read that the X2 is very touchy as to level...does that make it more difficult to set up?

Thanks again!
The eastern arc / western arc thing is one of the advantages of the x2. I haven't had mine too long but have already had the occasion to switch from eastern to western to clear obstacles. As stated above the western arc will work in most of the US except the upper mid-atlantic and northeast or the lower tip of Florida. In these areas the eastern arc works well. As a side note the eastern arc is easier to use in the eastern half of Canada if you travel within 200 to 300 miles of the boarder, been there done that.


As to the level issue, I've had no problems. If it looks about level that's good enough. The big thing is to always point the handle/connectors on the x2 to the north.

As to storage it fits in the storage bay on my Phaeton, it needs about 16" of height clearance and 22" of width. It would even set in my slide tray in the bay and clear the door opening.
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