While satellite installation is often left to professionals that have been trained by the satellite company in question, you can install your Labgear satellite dish on your own at your home or office, even if you lack any previous experience. Using the included satellite receiver as a tool for aiming the Labgear satellite dish, you can handle the procedure using nothing more than a power drill.
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Things you need
- Power drill
- Coaxial cable
- Composite cable
Scout out an appropriate mounting surface and area for the Labgear satellite dish. The mounting surface must be flat and allow the Labgear satellite dish to stay level and steady when mounted, and the sky around the mounting area should be free of trees and power lines that may impair signal strength.
Insert the included bolts into the pre-made holes at the base of the Labgear satellite dish using a power drill. Ensure the Labgear satellite dish is steady now that it is mounted.
Take the coaxial cable that ships with the Labgear satellite dish and plug it into the "Any Out" port on the back of the dish. Lead the coaxial cable inside to your television.
Connect the coaxial cable into the Labgear receiver's "Ant In" port. This port is on the back of the unit.
Take the included composite cable and attach one of its ends into the composite ports on the back of the Labgear receiver. Each end of the composite cable features one red, one white and one yellow prong, while the back of the Labgear receiver features a red, white and yellow port for these prongs. Take care not to mix up the colours as you make the connections.
Connect the other end of the composite cable into the colour-matching composite ports on the rear of your television.
Plug the Labgear power cable into the nearest wall outlet, then power on the receiver and TV and select the "Signal Meter" option from the receiver's options screen.
Leave a friend with the Labgear receiver and return to the satellite dish outside.
Perform slight elevation, or up/down, orientation adjustments to the Labgear satellite dish. Perform only one such adjustment every few seconds. In the interval between adjustments, the Labgear receiver's signal meter will register the changes and update, providing a reading as to how strong your signal is and how close the dish is to being aimed at the correct coordinates. You may use this information as guidance in making further adjustments.
Perform slight azimuth, or left/right, orientation adjustments to the Labgear satellite dish. Perform these in the same manner as you did the elevation adjustments until the signal meter indicates the Labgear satellite dish is correctly pointed at the necessary coordinates.
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