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Everything That Goes into Installing a Satellite Dish

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Although many people take Internet for the home for granted, the process of setting up a high-speed satellite connection involves many considerations and steps. In addition to installing a satellite dish, the process includes location planning, alignment, and maintenance of the equipment, testing, and setup of your network. Below are the steps that your professional installer takes to bring you a high-speed Internet connection.

Strategic Location Planning

Professional installers have many elements to consider when installing a satellite dish. The first consideration is regulation and safety. Installers will know the regulations in your area and will avoid installing the dish in an area close to any power lines or other service utilities. Also, it will be placed at least 4 feet from the ground to ensure the safety of young children.

Most importantly, your dish must have a clear and unobstructed view of the southern sky to receive the satellite signal. Your technician will also strategize with you about whether that signal will remain unobstructed for the duration of the service. For example, if you have trees that are likely to grow and obstruct the view, installers will consult with you about that location.

In addition to the location of your dish, installers will need to determine the location of the modem in your house and the coaxial jack that will connect your modem to the satellite dish signal. This location will need to be easily accessible from both the inside and the outside of your house.

Maintaining and Aligning the Equipment

First, the Installers must plan the best way to maintain the multiple pieces of equipment needed. First, the method of installing a satellite dish on the roof, wall, or external structure must be determined for best service. This can be done with a wall mount or a roof mount.

Second, the installers align the dish to get maximum strength from the signal. They must find the proper tilt to the dish using a signal meter and tighten the equipment so that it stays in place.

Third, they run the two coaxial cables from the satellite to the coaxial cable jack and seal their points of entrance with water-resistant compression fitting.

Testing the Connection

Once the equipment has been placed, installers run several tests to determine that your system is working properly. The first test is for the connection between the satellite and the Wi-Fi modem. This connection involves the satellite dish, the coaxial cables, the coaxial cable jack, and the modem. The second is the signal from the Wi-Fi modem, which has a built-in router.

Setting up Your Network

Once the external system has been set up, the installers will help you set up your network, including connecting two devices to the built-in Wi-Fi modem, typically, a computer and another device such as a tablet or smartphone. After these are set up on your network, you’ll be able to enjoy your high-speed satellite Internet connection!

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