How to Use a Satellite Finder

Updated February 21, 2017

Determining where to point your satellite dish is an important step to acquire a strong satellite signal. A satellite finder will help you pinpoint your location to help you enjoy the best possible signal. The satellite signal meter allows you to test the quality of the signal while you’re at the satellite dish. It saves you time and energy because you can avoid the cycle of repeatedly going inside to check the signal and coming outside again to make adjustments until you have a good signal. Learning how to use a satellite signal finder will help ensure you have a high-quality satellite signal running to your television sets.

Use an RG6 cable to connect your satellite signal meter to your satellite dish. Look underneath the arm that sticks out of the satellite, called the LNB, and you’ll notice a barrel connector. Screw one end of your RG6 cable onto that connector. The other end of your RG6 cable screws onto the barrel connector on the end of your satellite finder.

Loosen the nuts on the back and the side of your satellite dish. These nuts hold the satellite in position, but loosening them a bit allows you to adjust the satellite so you can find the best signal.

Adjust your satellite dish by moving it up and down, turning it from side to side and rotating it around to find the strongest satellite signal.

Monitor the gauge on your satellite signal meter. The needle will move to the right as your satellite signal becomes stronger.

Tighten the bolts on your satellite dish to lock it into position, once you achieve your desired satellite signal strength.

Disconnect the RG6 cable from your satellite meter and from your LNB.

Things You'll Need

  • RG6 cable
  • Satellite meter
  • Wrench
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