While high-speed satellite Internet can be set up in an afternoon, there are many factors that HughesNet installation professionals must consider for a speedy and successful installation. When you schedule your satellite Internet installation, there are a few things that you should consider beforehand to make the process even easier.
Location is Everything
When installing high-speed satellite Internet, the main concern is the location of the satellite dish. There are multiple reasons this is important:
- The safety of the location is paramount: the dish must be installed a safe distance from power lines or other utility service lines such as gas or water. The dish also must be installed at least 4 feet off the ground for the safety of young children and animals. You can help speed things up for the installer if you have a place in mind that will be safely removed from potential dangers.
- The satellite must have an unobstructed signal: In order to function correctly, satellite Internet needs a clear, unobstructed view of the southern sky that lasts for the duration of service. For example, if you think you have the perfect place for installation, but there are trees that could grow and obstruct the signal, your professional installer will chat about your options. Again, if you put some consideration into this location before the installer arrives, you might be able to cut down on the installation time and ensure it’s done in the right way.
The location of your modem inside your house is also important. Once the satellite dish is installed, your professional installer will need to install coaxial cables and coaxial jack to connect the satellite signal from outside the house to the modem within the house. You can determine the best place for your modem by finding a central place in your house that is against an outside wall.
Alignment is Important
Once the location for the dish is determined, your professional installer will decide what type of mount is needed (wall mount or roof mount) and whether your dish will reside on your roof, wall or on an external structure.
Next, the installer will align your dish with a signal meter to make sure you’re getting the highest satellite Internet speeds possible. They will then tighten the dish to make sure that it stays in place. Lastly, the installer will run the coaxial cable jack and cables between your dish and modem and seal the area around their entry into the house.
Testing the Connection
Two tests are then completed to make sure your high-speed satellite Internet connection is as fast as possible.
- The first is a connection test between the satellite dish, the coaxial cables, the coaxial jack and then the modem, testing the connection.
- The second test is between the Wi-Fi modem and the built-in router.
Satellite Wi-Fi Network Setup
The final step is for the professional installer to set up your Wi-Fi network for you. The installer will connect up to two devices to your network. Typically, this includes a computer and some other device such as a tablet or smartphone. If you have which devices you’d like connected in mind before the installer arrives, it can speed up this final part of the process.
The sooner you can get your satellite Internet installed, the sooner you can enjoy your high-speed satellite Internet connection.