How to Install Satellite Dish Equipment

If you know how to install satellite dish equipment, you might be able to avoid the high installation fees that often come with getting dish service. Even if the company claims that installation is free, you may wind up absorbing installation costs in the monthly payments.

However, there's a catch. You really need to know what you are doing because installing a satellite dish is a major task. The work doesn't stop with attaching the dish to your house, either. You also need to be able to adjust the dish so you can capture the best satellite signal possible. The following quick guide can help you with both tasks:

Consider where you will place your dish. If you own your home, you have more choices, but, if you are a tenant, you will need to ask your landlord where the dish should go. For example, some landlords will require you to place the dish on a balcony. Either way, you'll need to keep the dish away from trees or anything that may block the signal.

Aim the dish in the general location of the satellite signal. The dish must face South if you are north of the equator. Also look at your neighbor's dishes if they have one, and point your dish in that direction. You'll need to make adjustments later, but you will improve your chances of getting a signal quickly.

Install the dish. Follow the instructions provided, and make sure the dish is sturdy. Then attach the cable to the dish.

Test the signal. To save time, you can pick up a signal meter at an electronics store. Just attach the dish cable to the meter. Keep in mind that you'll need to adjust the azimuth (left and right) and elevation (up and down) angles. With the signal meter, you won't need to run down to check the screen or ask someone in the house to tell you how the signal is looking. The manual from your satellite provider should also be able to advise you on the correct settings.

Run the cable into your home. You may need to drill a hole so you can run the line into your home. Be sure to protect the hole with sealant, and use cable clips to keep the cable tight against the side of the house, if the dish is on the roof. You should also ground the system using a grounding block to prevent lightning damage.

Connect all the cables. First, connect the cable to the receiver. Then connect the receiver to your television with a coaxial cable. Next, connect the receiver to an electrical outlet. Finally, connect the receiver to a telephone line.

This guide provides a rough outline of what you need to do, but you'll need to read the instructions provided by your satellite service as well in case your dish has specific requirements. Also, follow good safety practices, especially if you decide to mount the dish on the roof of your home.

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