No land line is required to install a DirecTV satellite television cable system. You can purchase the necessary equipment from a local supplier or you can contact DirecTV directly, by telephone or online. The local supplier route offers the best option. With a DirecTV cable system, you can either finance the equipment or purchase it. If you purchase it, you'll have no yearly contract. You can start and stop service at anytime by contacting DirecTV or your local provider. An added benefit is that the system is mobile and often used in recreational vehicles (RVs).
No phone line is required for the service. If you have a roughly unobstructed view of the sky, you can get satellite cable. If you purchase the equipment yourself, without the financing and the mandatory service fees, you can expect to spend an estimated $250 for equipment, and likely $100 extra, if you have a technician install it. You will also have costs associated with activating the service.
Things You'll Need
- Philips screwdriver
- Square-jaw pliers
- Socket wrench
- RG6 coaxial cable
- 7/26th drill bit
- Magnetic level
- 5-gallon water-filled jugs
Getting DirecTV with No Landline
Find a cable service provider who sells DirecTV equipment. There are many different ways to do this. You can sometimes find equipment at a flea market and have it reactivated. It is also generally easy to find an independent provider of DirecTV; they can sometimes activate the system in a more creative way than DirecTV themselves, as they are often trained in multiple systems and care about getting paid for the completion of the job. You can also consult the phone book, likely under "cable providers" or use the same keywords to conduct an Internet search.
Obtain a satellite dish and receiver with an active service card. The active service card will come with a new receiver or you can obtain a new service card from a cable satellite service provider that services DirecTV. The dish and receiver can be purchased together or separately. If DirecTV is installing the system, one of their contractors will supply them together. If one or the other is ever damaged, such as by a storm or other incident, either can be replaced separately.
Install the system. You can engage a technician to install the system or install it yourself. To install the system yourself, proceed to Step 4.
Select the right mount. The installation varies greatly, depending on the mount that you use. If you plan to access the satellite while "RVing", a pole mount through a tripod is ideal. If you weight it with a couple of five-gallon water filled jugs, it can generally withstand the strongest of storms.
Connect the receiver box to your television with a short RG6 coaxial cable. This RG6 cable is your standard cable for satellite cable. You can obtain it anywhere electronics are sold.
Run a cable out to the satellite dish, leaving some extra length should you ever need to move it. You may need to move it if your connection to the satellites that provide your signal is ever blocked, such as by a structure. You should receive a general usage guide that should show you where the connections should be.
Connect the main cable to the LNB (low noise block downconverter), the little arm that points into the dish and receives the signal.
Set the settings for the television. Using the television and the furnished remote, select the installation option.
Input your zip code. You will be given the parameters that you will need to adjust your dish accordingly. Be sure to write them down. You'll need the azimuth (your bearing, which is usually straight south), the skew (the rotation of the dish), and the elevation (the up and down tilt on the dish).
Be sure the dish is level. Adjust the dish accordingly.
Set your television to receive the signal. The signal should come in green or make you should hear a high-pitched tone.
Tips & Warnings
- If you are receiving the wrong channels, you may be picking up signals from the wrong satellite. If this happens, you may need to adjust it and catch another signal.
- Just remember that the address you use for your service will be associated with the local channels you receive.
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