DIY Satellite TV Wiring

Satellite programming is a popular choice among television viewers. The two main satellite providers are DirecTV and Dish Network, but there are others as well. Setting up a satellite system requires the installation of a satellite dish antena and connecting the satellite to the receiver with cable. DIY satellite TV wiring is possible as long as you follow a few guidelines.

Use the Best Wire

It is important to use new RG-6 coaxial cable when wiring a satellite system. Never use old cable found lying around or cable left in older houses. Older wiring can work, but it is better to replace it and not have to worry about the quality of signal received. Each receiver will need to have a separate connection. Remember any receivers that have dual-tuners, such as the DVR or Tivo models will have to have two wires run to its location to function properly. An easy way to accomplish this is to get dual cable that has two connected cables. Estimate how much cable you will need and purchase it.

Proper Tools Needed

Utilise the correct tools when working with satellite wiring. You want to have sharp clean cuts in the cable and properly attached connectors. Use tools created specifically for cutting cable, such as coaxial cable strippers. Use compression or crimping tools to ensure the best connection for connectors. Make sure the connectors you are using work with the compression tool you have and are of high quality. Some of the connectors are crimped and others use compression. Each time you cut the cable make sure you have a secure connection between the cable and the connector.

DIY Satellite Wiring

Various satellite systems or setups require different or specific components for wiring, but the basic wiring is the same. Run satellite cable from the dish (antenna or reflector) to a ground block and then into your home. Install a multiswitch if you need to have several receivers hooked up to the system. Locate this in an easily accessible central location that is away from the elements, such as a garage, satellite box or attic. Multisatellite dish setups may require this also. Run the needed wiring from this site to each receiver as needed. Do not put the cable in places where it will be crimped or smashed in any way. Examples include sharp bends or under heavy objects. Always use extra cable to be certain you do not put strain on it and will be able to have excess for future cuts or connector replacements. Follow the specific wiring diagram for your precise satellite set-up.

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About the Author

Diane Dilov-Schultheis has been writing professionally since 2000. She is a food and travel writer who also specializes in gaming, satellites, RV repair, gardening, finances and electronics. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and has been published online at the Travel Channel and Intel.