How to Setup an Internet Satellite Dish

by Contributing Writer

Installing an Internet satellite dish can give you more access to the Internet than ever before. They now make kits that come with everything included.There is no better time than now to install an Internet satellite dish. When everything eventually changes over to high-definition broadcasting, you will be ready and will not have to scramble at the last minute to be satellite-capable.

Determine the best location on the outside of your house for installing your satellite dish. Look at houses in or around your neighborhood where satellite dishes are installed. Notice which way each dish is pointed, as well as where on the house itself the dish is installed. This is most likely the best place to install yours.

Find a secure place on your house to install the dish, or find a spot in your yard that will support a metal pole heavy enough to hold a satellite dish.

Drill any holes needed to hold the fasteners. Fill any holes that were made to accommodate the fasteners with silicone caulk. This will prevent water from getting into the system and will stop any leaks that might occur if the dish is mounted on the house.

Mount the dish, using screws, nuts and bolts or other fastening devices that either came with the kit or that you have on hand. Make sure the dish and whatever it is mounted on are secure.

For the time being, attach the cable that provides a signal from the satellite to the electronic devices to a TV. Use the indicators that will show up on the screen to properly position the dish for maximum signal reception.

Determine the best way to run the cable that you will be using to connect the receiver to the electronic devices the dish will be serving.

Run your cable wires by drilling holes where necessary or fastening the cable to the bottoms or tops of walls. See Tips for more details.

Set up your receiver and program your remote control(s), following the instructions in the kit.

Tips

  • check Go online and determine where the satellite that you want to receive signals from is located in relation to your house or area. You can use those coordinates to decide where to place your dish.
  • check Consider mounting the satellite dish on a free-standing pole or other support. With a little imagination, you can probably figure out a way to make the pole and dish less conspicuous. If not, you can at least “pretty up” around the pole by planting flowers or using other landscaping items such as decorative bricks, borders, fences or similar items.
  • check Consider how far you are going to have to run cable from the satellite dish itself to the computer, TV and other equipment you will be using to access the Internet. Choose a location that will allow you the best access with the least amount of cable.
  • check When running your cable on the inside of the house, consider running the cable to a central location, then adding “splitters” for connecting additional equipment.

Warnings

  • close If you decide to mount your satellite dish on the roof, take care not to damage roofing materials or the roof substructure itself. Leaks could occur, causing water damage to the house, or the roof could weaken in that area and eventually collapse, causing damage or possible injury.
  • close Take care when mounting your dish. Use a regulation stepladder to access high places. If you are on the roof, and are trying to reach an eave or beam by hanging over the side, it is best if you secure yourself to a sturdy pipe, chimney or other similar structure.
  • close Make sure you are not in violation of any building or housing codes, covenants or ordinances regarding satellite dish installation. Obtain any necessary permits or permission you may need before installing the system.

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