How to Install a Triple LNB Satellite Dish


Installation of a triple LNB satellite dish does not need to be assigned to a professional satellite technician. Even if you have no prior experience with a triple LNB satellite dish, a dedicated do-it-yourself type can perform the installation in their own home with only the help of a friend, a wrench, and correct utilization of the satellite receiver's signal meter screen. After some elevation (up/down) and azimuth (left/right) adjustments to the dish, triple LNB satellite dish installation can be achieved.

Things You'll Need

  • Satellite receiver
  • Coaxial cable
  • A/V cable
  • Wrench
  • Ensure that the mounting area for the triple LNB satellite dish is free of obstructions in the sky above. Such obstructions (trees, power lines and more) in the line-of-sight to the satellite can affect the strength of your signal reception.

  • Point the triple LNB satellite dish to the general southern sky above. This is a very crude aim and further adjustments will be made later.

  • Make sure the coaxial cable that runs from the triple LNB satellite dish is plugged into the included satellite receiver in the proper fashion. The coaxial cable is located on the back of the triple LNB satellite dish's mast, and runs into the back of the satellite receiver and into the "ANT IN" port.

  • Connect the satellite receiver to your television. Your receiver ships with standard A/V (audio and video) cables that have a set of prongs on either end of the cable. Each set has a red, a white and a yellow plugs (six plugs total). Notice also that there are A/V jacks on both the back of the TV and the back of the receiver, and each jack corresponds in color to one of the plugs. Make the connections accordingly.

  • Turn on both the receiver and the television. Choose the "Signal Meter Screen" selection from the menu, then return to the triple LNB satellite dish outside. Have a buddy stay with the signal meter screen inside.

  • Loosen the nuts beside the elevation bolts on the back of the triple LNB satellite dish with a wrench. (If you encounter problems, your manual also provides a visual guide.) With these nuts loosened up, make gradual adjustments to the up/down orientation (elevation) of the dish. After each adjustment, wait 5 to 10 seconds for reports back from your friend who is monitoring the signal meter screen. The screen will provide your friend with updates as to how close you are to pointing your triple LNB satellite dish to the correct coordinates. Make further adjustments as necessary.

  • Use a wrench to loosen the three LNB arm nuts on the dish. These are on the back of the dish's mast and beside the elevation nuts. Make similar adjustments as before, but make them to the left and to the right so as to correctly alter the azimuth (left/right orientation). Once the signal meter screen reports that all coordinates have been properly aligned, your installation is complete.

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