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1. Understanding the Satellite Dish Components

It is very important to recognize and master all the make up parts of any satellite dish set.

Now, the components include: The decoder or Receiver. A decoder is a device that receives electrical codes, interprets and analyzes the encoded language and releases it through the output channels (AV, HDMI, and RF) in form of picture, voice and sound.

There are two types of decoder, one is a High Definition (HD) decoder and the other one is a standard Definition (SD) decoder which can only broadcast television Channels with mpec 4 features. However, having a good HD decoder would give you full assurance of obtaining a quality picture and sound production after your Installation.We recommend using of a new HD decoder during first time Installation to avoid complications that are capable of ruin one’s work.

In the market, there are some decoders that are basically produced for tracking and viewing only Free-to-Air Channels, broadcasting by some satellite Transmitting companies of the world.

Also, some decoder are mainly built for viewing Pay Tv Channels broadcasting by a branded satellite companies like the MultiChoice group and StarTimes company. Note, this type of decoder can not be used to view the Free-To-Air Channels except the ones they provide to their customers.

Make sure that the decoder is AV and HDMI compatible. Standard Definition version only have the AV channel and not High Definition features.

The Dish or Reflector: this is the metallic device having a parabolic shape and specially designed to receive or gather together electromagnetic waves from the satellite in space.

We have the C- band and KU-bands. The C- band dishes are those reflectors that are very big and mounted close on the ground. And also costs alot of money to acquire. The KU- bands are basically mounted on the walls and dashboards of residential buildings. There sizes include 60cm and 90cm dish etc.

Every dish has its accessories which are arranged together with it. The parts include Lnb, Feedhorn, angle iron, supporting arms etc. Each of them is very important that it must be present during assembling in other to get a good result.

Another important thing is the RG-6 Coaxial Cable which is used to connect the dish mounted outside to the receiver inside the house.

It is profitable to understand how to properly Connect RG-6 Coaxial Cable together using F-connectors, F-F Connectors and other connectors you want to use to achieve a clean and perfect Installation. To check out how to fix and do the connection very well click HERE

2. Master How To Connect The Components Together

Ok, the components we are talking about include:

  • A Receiver or a Decoder
  • Satellite Dish or a Reflector
  • AV wire or HDMI Wire
  • Power Adapter
  • and RG-6 Coaxial Cable with connectors fixed on it.

Note: if you do not know how to properly connect the components together, click HERE

3. Knowing and Having the Right Satellite Dish Installation Tools

To avoid the adege which says that ” a bad work man quarrels with his tools” You need to use good and appropriate tools to carry out your Installation so as not to experience difficulties during the process.

The lists of all the necessary satellite dish installation instructions are given below.

  1. Satellite Finder
  2. Professional Claw Hammer
  3. A good plier
  4. Nice Pinches
  5. Drilling Machine
  6. 14″ & 15″ Sized Spanner
  7. 12″ & 13″ Sized Spanner
  8. 10″ & 11″ Sized Spanner
  9. A small knife
  10. Black Solotape
  11. All the necessary Connectors
  12. Lubricant
  13. A good Screw driver

When you have the tools stated above, and knowing how to use them properly would guarantee a successful Installation process.

4. Understanding the Satellite Dish Direction

This is another important area to master as an installer. Whenever you come to any environment to install a satellite dish, considering the direction in which the dish would face will definitely help you to finish your work very fast.

For insurance, the DStv dish, MyTv dish, Consat dish, Kwese dish, Multi TV, MBCs dish are all facing the East direction i.e checking from where you are standing the point in which the Sun rises up in the morning time. That is where your dish will face to get good signal. StarTimes likewise faces west direction in other to get a good signal.

Another way to check it is by using a compass which will easily point towards the East for you as soon as it’s being displayed.

Remember, any time you did not check your direction before mounting your dish would result in removing and re-mounting, which you would not like to experience at all.

5. Check Around the Environment to See if There is Any Signal Obstructive Objects

More so, it is also good to observe within the location where you want to fix your satellite dish if there is any big tree or tall upstairs or even high tension electric cables situated very close to your chosen point so that you immediately abandon the location and move in to a better environment to fix your dish.

There is no point of trying your luck to see whether your dish will pick up signal or not because all your effort might end up in futility.

6. Ensure You Use a Satellite Finder or Tracker for Accuracy

Every good satellite dish installation process is characterized by the remarkable very high signal strength and quantity achieved through using of a satellite finder or tracker.

Satellite Finders are of different types but we concentrate on two basic types that is, visual (displays videos) and non visual finder.

As a professional installer, you need to know how to use both to get any satellite you are looking for.

Nevertheless, using the visual finder makes your job very easy and helps you to save time and energy during Installation process.

With the visual finder, you have the advantage of doing your tracking immediately even when the electricity or generating set is not ON because this meter type is rechargeable.

So, all you need to do is to key ON the meter, connect the jumper cables from the satellite dish Lnb Feedhorn into the meter then input the frequency, symbol rate and polarization of the satellite you want to track and install that’s all, rotate and point your dish to proper direction and the pictures will come up after scanning.

Despite the fact of not using a satellite dish finder during the Installation process, doing the tracking manually or any how would portray unprofessionalism and so many errors would be encountered in the work.

7. Mastering How To Properly Connect the RG-6 Coaxial Cable with F-connectors and other Connectors

Proper knowledge about how to connect RG-6 Coaxial cable is very important because it determines the final result that you will get and also the accuracy of your installation.

Note: not knowing how to join the coaxial cable together will always trigger up the error message ” NO SIGNAL” on the TV screen, which will persist until the error is rectified.

Furthermore, if you want to learn how to properly connect the RG-6 coaxial cable together using different connector click HERE

8. Understand the Difference Between the Pay TV Satellite, Free-To-Air (FTA)

A pay Tv satellite is a subscribe-able channels provided by a digital television broadcasting company having some number of bouquets which the customers can chose from.

In this digital age, most broadcasting companies air their Pay Tv programs via the High Definition (HD) decoders instead of the Mpec 4, generally refer to as Standard Definition (SD) decoders. The HD pictures are bigger in size, digitally clean, and with better sound quality than the SD features.

It is also good to know that most of the Pay Tv broadcasting stations offer some Free -To-Air channels that the customers would be watching if their subscription expire. Some of the companies include MultiChoice, StarTimes, Strong, Kwese, Consat etc.

While on the other hand, Free-To-Air decoders are basically produces just for the purpose of tracking and Installing 100% FREE channels without any payment to watch them. Example of such decoders are PowerSat, ViewSat, HDtech, Strong 4955B decoders etc.


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