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Satellite Dish Installation Guide

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Satellite Dish Installation Guide

Satellite dishes are a popular entertainment instrument nowadays and you can see at least one on every block in your neighborhood. They aren’t always very difficult to install, but getting the technology and wiring right can sometimes be a headache.


There are lots of companies and professionals that offer the service of installing a satellite dish. This is because people know that you want to be able to watch your television and not have a screen full of static (which happens in some home installation cases). If you want to make sure the job is done right, we suggest just hiring a professional. But if you want to give it a go yourself, here are some tips to help you along your journey.

  1. 1.Always Consult Your Provider First

    Do not immediately screw in the dish all the way without first testing the connection. You will need to move it left and right to successfully find the best image for your TV.

    This may seem like a silly tip, but it is one of the most crucial to making sure that your satellite dish will be operating correctly. For each service you may have or different company, you will have to make sure to install your dish so that it faces a specific direction. This is to make sure that the signal is being received correctly and that the dish can communicate with the company’s technology.

  2. 2.Choosing Where to Place a Satellite Dish

    One tip and rule of owning a satellite dish is that if you are North of the equator, the dish must be pointed south in order to receive a signal. If you are south of the equator, it must be pointed north. You should choose any point that is easily accessible during any type of weather. If there is a bad storm coming and you aren’t able to reach your satellite dish, you may miss out on being able to protect it from damage. You should try to find a place that is as close to your television set as possible while still not being obstructed by things like tree branches or buildings. We know that this can be difficult, especially if you are in the city – but it is possible.

  3. 3.Before Screwing It in All the Way

    Do not immediately screw in the dish all the way without first testing the connection. You will need to move it left and right to successfully find the best image for your TV. You can secure it into place once you have found the best position.

  4. 4.Aiming a Motorized Dish

    This type of satellite can be a bit tricky to work with, but all it takes is patience. Make sure that the satellite is not being obstructed by any trees or other objects that can get in the way of its signal. Before locating coordinates, always make sure that the satellite is first set to zero.

  5. 5.A Word of Caution to Older DirectTV Users

    The older circular satellite dish is outdated and will no longer work to pick up the signal from the company. Both the rectangular and the oval satellite dishes are the only ones used and will be what you purchase if you get a new system from your provider.


    Satellite dishes are pretty easy to install and right after you are finished you can go inside and start watching television. In bad weather make sure that your satellite is protected well enough so that you don’t experience unnecessary outages.

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