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How to Mount a Satellite Dish in a Window

Updated February 21, 2017

If you live in a rental house or in an apartment, you may not be able to mount a satellite dish outside as most people do. An alternative to an exterior installation is to mount a satellite dish in a window so it receives the signal through the glass. Some types of glass disrupt the signal, so it's not always an option. However, if it works for you, it's an excellent way to enjoy satellite programming and still comply with your property owner's regulations.

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  1. Choose a window where you have a clear view of the southern sky. In an apartment satellite installation, the satellite dish will point out the southern window to receive the satellite signal. Make sure there are no trees or buildings between you and the sky; otherwise, you may not be able to receive a signal.

  2. Place a metal pole in a flower pot so you can install a satellite dish near a window. Set the pole in concrete so it's secure. Allow the concrete to dry completely before you mount the satellite dish.

  3. Slide the satellite dish onto the metal pole and secure it with a clamp. Tilt it to the appropriate elevation so it can receive the satellite signal. The arm of your satellite dish should be between 25 degrees and 50 degrees to receive the signal.

  4. Attach a coaxial cable to the satellite dish on a connector just underneath the arm of the dish. Run that cable to the back of your satellite receiver. Plug the cable into the "Satellite In" connector.

  5. Run another cable from the "Satellite Out" connector on the back of your satellite receiver to the "TV Input" connector on the back of your television.

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Things You'll Need

  • Metal pole
  • Flower pot
  • Concrete
  • Water
  • Clamp
  • Compass
  • 2 coaxial cables

About the Author

Kristan Hart is an award-winning journalist in Springfield, Mo., who provides SEO web copy as a freelance writer/editor. She has a decade of experience and holds a bachelor's degree in mass communications with an emphasis in broadcasting.

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