How to Set Up a Satellite Dish & LNB

Written by marshal m. rosenthal
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A satellite dish uses a low-block noise amplifier, or "LNB," to focus the transmissions received from an overhead satellite. To set up a single LNB satellite dish that can pull in a satellite transmission, acquire a basic satellite dish kit and a satellite receiver from a satellite supply store. A few data transmission cables will be needed from a computer or electronics store as well as some basic tools.

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Things you need

  • Satellite tripod
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Compass
  • Coaxial cable, 50 feet
  • HDMI cable
  • TV
  • Satellite receiver
  • TV remote
  • Satellite receiver remote
  • Pliers

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  1. 1

    Set up the satellite tripod in your backyard where there is an unobstructed view of the sky. Loosen the screws on the tup of the tripod with a Phillips screwdriver. Place the pole at the bottom of the satellite bracket into the hole at the top of the tripod. Tighten the screws.

  2. 2

    Loosen the screws at the top of the bracket with the screwdriver. Insert the pole at the bottom of the satellite dish in the hole at the top of the bracket. Look at a compass to determine which way is South. Rotate the front of the dish to face South. Tighten the screws.

  3. 3

    Loosen the screws at the front bottom of the dish. Insert one end of the lateral LNB support pole in the hole at the front bottom of the dish. Rotate the pole so that the bent far end is facing up. Tighten the screws.

  4. 4

    Loosen the screws on the side of the LNB module with the screwdriver. Place the LNB module onto the far end of the pole. Rotate the LNB module so that the plastic front is facing toward the dish. Tighten the screws.

  5. 5

    Connect one end of the coaxial cable to the coax output on the bottom of the LNB module. Trail the coaxial cable into the home and over to the satellite receiver. Connect the free end of the coaxial cable into the coax input on the back of the satellite receiver.

  6. 6

    Connect a HDMI cable into the HDMI output on the back of the receiver and into a HDMI input on the TV. Turn the TV on. Press "Menu" on the remote. Select the HDMI input the cable is attached to from the "Video input" menu. Press the "Menu" button.

  7. 7

    Turn the receiver on from standby with its remote. Press "Menu." Select the dish pointing screen from the "System setup" option.

  8. 8

    Go to the dish. Loosen the two knobs on the side of the bracket controlling the elevation and the azimuth of the dish.

  9. 9

    Raise the dish slightly. Lock down the knob so the dish remains in the position you set it in. Go to the receiver and check the signal strength on the signal meter. Go back to the dish and continue raising it until the signal meter is registering the highest number possible. Tighten the knob controlling elevation with the pliers.

  10. 10

    Repeat this entire procedure of aligning the dish at the highest number possible on the signal meter, only this time while moving the dish from side to side. Turn off the TV. Return the satellite receiver to standby.

Tips and warnings

  • A second person can help while you are setting the dish using the signal meter.

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