How To Setup Your Satellite TV System Anywhere

Back in the day of long vacations, we’d miss a week of shows because the vacation spots our parents took never had TV or only had basic cable. But Satellite technology has gotten to the point that you can set up your satellite TV anywhere so you don’t miss any of your favorite shows.

If you’ve got DirecTV or the Dish Network you can keep up with the shows you love no matter where you are. Follow the steps below so you don’t miss a second of TV.

  • You’ll need the following:
    • Satellite TV subscription
    • Satellite TV satellite dish
    • Satellite TV receiver and the cords that come with it
    • TV and its peripherals
    • Portable power supply
  • Initial set up. You need to first determine where you want to put your TV and your portable dish. If you plan to use it in your Winnebago or outdoors, you’ll need a power supply for the TV and the satellite. You also need to be sure that you put in the appropriate safety precautions when setting up both your TV and the portable dish. If you’re on a mobile home, it’s best you get a separate power source for the TV, as you don’t want to tax the car battery in your mobile home.
  • Dish set up. Get a portable satellite dish that is compatible with your current satellite TV service provider.  Make sure that your portable dish has a set of coaxial cables as well as a stand for the satellite. Most satellites are meant to be mounted and kept stationary to pick up the signal. Portable satellites need to be stabilized after locating the signal. You need to place the dish in a location where it has an unobstructed view of the sky. Connect your satellite dish to the satellite receiver using the coaxial cable and then connect the receiver to the power source.
  • TV set up. Use the RCA connectors (red, white and yellow plugs) to connect to the satellite receiver. Make sure that your TV is in a position where it can get good light, as you don’t want to ruin your eyes, the light source rules at home still apply. Be sure you place your TV in a safe area before connecting to the power source.
  • Check for signal. Turn on the TV and the satellite receiver. On the screen should be a message stating that the satellite is searching for a signal. Go to your Setup menu and select Satellite > View Signal Strength and select "OK" on your remote control. You can also check the Signal Meters to see how powerful the signal is from your location and 80% is ideal for signal strength. If you’re having difficulty with the signal strength, try to reposition your satellite to get a stronger signal.

Now that you’ve got your satellite TV set up right properly, the only thing you have to learn now is the time difference of your location so you don’t miss on the shows you love so much!


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