How to Connect a Laptop to a Satellite Receiver

Updated April 17, 2017

Enjoy high quality digital video on your laptop by connecting your laptop computer to your satellite receiver. With just a USB TV tuner stick and some coaxial cable, you can enjoy your favourite movies, sports and television programming from your satellite receiver, on your laptop--you can even use your laptop's hard drive as a DVR to pause, record and rewind live television.

Insert a the USB TV tuner's CD driver disk into your computer's CD/DVD-ROM drive. Follow the onscreen prompts to install the software.

Insert the TV tuner into an available USB port on your computer. After the computer auto-recognises the "new hardware," follow the onscreen prompts to complete the installation of the TV tuner.

Substitute a USB TV tuner for a PCMCIA card slot TV tuner if USB ports are limited. Simply insert the card into your laptop's PCMCIA card slot.

Connect the laptop to the satellite receiver with a piece of coax cable. Connect one end of the cable to the coax port on the back of the TV tuner, and connect the other end of the cable to the port labelled "Coax Out" or "Sat Out" on the back of your satellite receiver.

Open your media centre application. Choose the "Settings" option, and under Settings choose "TV." Follow the wizard to set-up "TV" and "Movie" options.

Things You'll Need

  • USB TV Tuner
  • Coaxial Cable
  • Media Center Software (eg Windows Media Center)
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Quinten Plummer began writing professionally in 2008. He has more than six years in the technology field including five years in retail electronics and a year in technical support. Plummer gained his experience in music by producing for various hip-hop acts and as lead guitarist for a band. He now works as a reporter for a daily newspaper.