Satellite TV Installation
Making them work
Once you’ve signed up for satellite
service, and you have your equipment, there is one more required
step beyond getting into couch potato mode: installing the dish.
There are basically two ways to go about this: The easy way and
The hard way
The easy way
Suck it up and fork over some cash for professional
installation. It will save you oodles of time and will ensure that
it's done correctly. Though the average cost is usually around $200,
there are always ongoing promotions to be found and dollars to be
saved. But if you happen to be mechanically-inclined, have a look
at “the hard way” and see if you're ready to install
the dish yourself.
The hard way
If you're ready for the challenge, install the
satellite system yourself, either with or without the aid of an
installation kit. An installation kit, sold in almost any store
that sells satellite dishes, is highly recommended. It comes with
all the necessary hardware and a book/video to guide you.
The only thing you'll need besides the satellite
equipment is a working phone jack near the location of the receiver.
Once that's taken care of, here's what you'll need to be able to
do if you decide to go solo:
Mount the actual dish somewhere outside. It's
not necessary to mount the dish on the roof; you can install it
anywhere it has an unobstructed view of the direction of the orbiting
satellite. Place the dish in an inconspicuous place, because if
it's stolen, then all your hard work and tv programs are gone with
it. Another good idea is to try to situate the dish so that it has
some sort of a covering (but not so much that it obstructs the signal).
The reason for this is that heavy rain and winds may scramble the
reception. Don't worry too much, every little drizzle won't break
your streak of consecutive hours remaining motionless, but it's
something to consider.
Connect the dish to the receiver. This generally
involves grounding the wire and then running it from the outside
to the inside. If you know something about electronics, this shouldn't
be difficult. Fortunately, the installation kit will provide you
with lots of detailed information about this process.
Point your dish. This is a very most important
part: you need to point the dish at the correct satellite location
in order to receive the signal. To do this, you'll need to determine
the correct azimuth and elevation (that is, rotation and lift).
It's not quite as hard as it sounds, and each provider's website
has a feature that gives you the correct azimuth and elevation numbers
just by typing in your zip code. The websites also have information
on how to apply these numbers to the actual dish. So one last time
(we promise), we suggest you go to direct tv or dish network and
click on the "dish pointer" section.
After you've accomplished the aforementioned
steps, you're ready to get comfy and spend hours in a euphoric,
zombie-like state in front of the ol’ tube . Again, to cover
our own butts, we recommend that you take the easy way out and just
have it professionally installed. Satellite television offers you
an enormous selection of programming at a reasonable price.