How to Set Up a Satellite Dish

By Janos Gal

If you are tired of the same old channels on your TV, then it is time to set up a satellite dish to receive a variety of new, exciting channels. A satellite dish receives data from satellites orbiting Earth. Satellite dishes often sit on a roof or inside a garden and have a large plate with a small receiver box attached in front of the parabola. Some channels are provided free, while others require subscribers to pay a fee to unlock the encryption.

Things You'll Need

  • Satellite dish
  • Wrench
  • Low noise block down converter (LNB)
  • Decoder
  • Satellite coax cable
  • Aerial plugs

Step 1

Mount your satellite dish. Adjust the dish so that the dish mast is level. Use a carpenter's level.

Step 2

Attach the low noise block down converter (LNB) to the dish using the wrench at the end of the arm projecting from the satellite dish. Run a length of satellite coax cable to it.

Step 3

Aim your dish toward the satellites by adjusting the antenna reflector azimuth angle and the elevation-look angle to the position given by the manufacturer.

Step 4

Connect the digital receiver to your television and turn both on.

Step 5

Plug the receiver cables into the LNB. Check the signal strength display from the digital receiver's on-screen menu to measure the signal strength accurately. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to view the signal strength and quality.

Step 6

Connect the satellite dish to the television set and the TV to the decoder. Turn on the receiver and position it on a beacon channel. Beacon channels are used to tune your satellite dish.

Step 7

Begin tuning. Move the reflector slowly to the east in 1-degree increments for 3 degrees, then in the opposite direction. Monitor the receiver's signal strength throughout the process.

Step 8

Lock the antenna azimuth adjustment on the mount when you have finished maximizing the signal level.

Step 9

Fine-tune the channels once you finished setting up the satellite dish. Loosen the elevation bolts and turn the dish east and west. Stop for a moment each time after you have moved the dish to check signal strength on the TV screen. Move the dish up and down the same way to improve the signal-strength reading. When you are satisfied with the signal strength, tighten the elevation bolts and enjoy watching TV.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use high-quality aerial plugs and coaxial cable to achieve the best channel quality.
  • Always have a helper when installing electrical equipment so that your friend can switch off the electricity in case you receive an electric shock.