How to Set Up Dish Network on a Viewsat


Viewsat Ultra is a FTA Receiver Box that gives you the ability to view free over the air channels without paying for the expensive satellite or cable TV subscriptions. With this product you can view many of the free channels that are provided on the satellites. Setting up the Viewsat Ultra to receive Dish Network is a moderately challenging process that can be performed by anyone with a little focus and concentration.

Things You'll Need

  • TV
  • Viewsat Ultra
  • Existing Satellite Dish
  • Viewsat Ultra Remote

Programming the Satellite

  • Select (using the remote) "Menu," "Installation," then "Antenna Setup" and press "OK."

  • Select the following settings on this screen:
    Satellite: Echo 8,10
    LNB Power: On
    LNB Type: OCS-DP
    LNB Freq: 11250
    TP Freq: 12224
    DiSEqC 1.0: Port 1
    Motor: Off
    Legacy SW: None

    See if you get a good steady signal and a good steady quality.
    If not, then only play around with the TP Freq and only if necessary LNB Freq (should not be touched unless TP Freq does not generate any results).
    When a steady signal and a good quality is obtained, wait a few seconds (20 secs or so) and check to see if a Satellite name appears besides "Antenna Setup" (in the top right corner of tv screen, on the blue bar in white lettering). This should match with the selection you made in Satellite. For example if you selected Echo 8,10 in Satellitem, then Echostar 8,10 110.0W should appear in the top right corner of screen besides Antenna Setup.

    Press "Exit." It'll ask to if you want to save; select "Yes."

  • Select "Menu," "Installation," then "Autoscan" and press "OK."

    Select the following Settings on this Screen:
    Search Option: All
    Network Search: On
    Make sure Echostar 8,10 is selected (checked) below in the Satellite List.
    Select Scan Start and Hit "OK."

    This will start searching the channels available on your selected Satellites.

  • Press "Exit" (after Channel Scan is done). It'll ask if you want to save; select "Yes."

    You are done. Reboot your Viewsat Ultra and enjoy the channels.

Tips & Warnings

  • The settings in this article are meant to receive channels from the Dish Network Satellites: Echo 8, 10 Satellite, only. The TP Frequencies will change accordingly to scan channels from any other Satellites.

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