How to Set Up a Satellite Dish for Television

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How to Set Up a Satellite Dish for Television
Set up a satellite dish to enjoy all your favourite channels (satellite dish on a roof image by Joseph Chiapputo from

Setting up a satellite dish for television can be slightly difficult due to the complications involved in positioning and adjusting the dish for strong signal reception. Nonetheless, if you follow the right procedures and get another person to help you out with the dish installation, you can easily receive satellite television channels at your home.

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Things you need

  • Satellite dish
  • User's manual
  • Level tool
  • Satellite receiver
  • Mounting device

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  1. 1

    Examine the area where you want to set up the satellite dish. Keep in mind that uneven surface or obstructions will lead to several installation problems. It is better to ensure that the area is clear before you start working.

  2. 2

    Mount the satellite dish on the mounting device. Take a level tool and make sure the dish is perpendicular to this level.

  3. 3

    Connect the television with the satellite receiver using the RCA connectors, which are the usual red, white and yellow coloured wires. Plug all three into their respective ports on your television set. Plug the receiver's power plug into a power outlet.

  4. 4

    Turn the TV on and browse through the installed receiver's menu option to put on the signal meter screen. You will use this signal screen to gauge the signal strength of the satellite dish.

  5. 5

    Position the dish towards south. Adjust the dish's elevation according to position of the satellite by loosening the elevation bolt nuts and moving the dish upwards and downwards to adjust the appropriate position. Get another person to help you here. Tell him to observe the signal screen and notify, after every adjustment, if you are getting closer to receiving a better signal.

  6. 6

    Loosen the bolt nuts on the LNB arm of satellite. Carefully adjust the dish left to right just like you did in the last step. This is known as azimuth adjustment. For better adjustment at this step, go through your satellite dish manual for instructions on determining the azimuth number.

  7. 7

    Keep making little adjustments to the position of the satellite dish until you get signal strength between 70 and 80 on the signal meter screen. The satellite dish set-up is complete.

Tips and warnings

  • While connecting television with the satellite receiver (Step 3), make sure the wires run directly without using splitters. If you use splitters, there is a risk of weak strength of the signal.

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