How to set up a TV satellite receiver

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A satellite receiver receives the satellite signals through a cable and then sends the images to the television. It is your control box and allows you to adjust what you are watching on the television. The receiver controls the satellite and upgrades to the dish can often be preformed through the dish. It is installed and connected to a television in almost the exact same way as a cable receiver.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Satellite receiver
  • TV
  • Coaxial cable

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  1. 1

    Find the coaxial cable coming in from the wall that is connected to the satellite dish. Take this cable and screw it into the "In" port on the back of the receiver.

  2. 2

    Take another coaxial cable and connect it to the "Out" port on the receiver. Connect this to the "In" port on the television. If you are running an HD receiver and television you will connect an HDMI cable to the HDMI port of the receiver and TV instead of the coaxial cable.

  3. 3

    Power on the satellite receiver and television.

  4. 4

    Wait for the satellite receiver to use the dish and scan over the satellites to find the best picture reception. This process will take several minutes. Once it is complete you will be able to begin watching your satellite television

Tips and warnings

  • The general set up is the same for all televisions and satellite dish models. However, when attempting to hook up the satellite dish to two separate televisions you may run into some issues. This is because there is only one tuner on the receiver. This means only one station can be watched at once. To install on two televisions you will need a signal splitter, which is a "Y" shapped coaxial cable. Screw the single end into the "Out" port of the receiver and connect each of the other sides into the televisions. You can use longer coaxial cables as extensions. This will allow you to watch the content on different televisions, but not at the same time.
  • To watch two channels at the same time you will need two receivers.

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