Mounting the dish is just the first part of installing a high definition dish.
Installing a satellite dish, high definition or standard, is a challenging task. The dish must have a clear line of sight to the southern sky, so it must be mounted somewhere high on your home, typically on your roof. You must drill into your roof, which if done incorrectly can cause leaks and cracked shingles. This task should only be attempted by those with a good background in electronics who are capable of climbing to their roof. Otherwise, take advantage of the free installation offers from the major satellite companies.
1. Connect your HD receiver to your HD television via your HDMI cable. HDMI, or high definition multimedia interface, is a single cable which provides both HD video and full digital audio. The ports are rectangular and quite thin, and will be found on the rear of both devices. Plug in the unit, and power it up. Set your television to receive a signal from its HDMI port via the source, input or another video mode button on your remote. Repeat for any remaining televisions you wish to connect.
2. Determine the best place to install your satellite splitter. This should be outside your home and in a central location where you have relatively easy access to your TVs. Hold the splitter up against your house, and drill through the mounting holes to create equally spaced holes in the wall of your house. Screw the splitter in place with the included screws until tightly fit.
3. Connect one end of the RG-6 coaxial cable to the “satellite in” port of your receiver; this will be a cylindrical port with a pin-sized hole in it. Insert the pin into the hole, then tighten the end of the cable until secure. Repeat for all remaining receivers.
4. Determine the best path to run the cables to the splitter. Run the wire to an exterior wall, then drill a hole slightly wider than the cable near your baseboard. Push the wire through, then run the wire down to the splitter and connect it to the output side of the unit. When the wire is placed the way you want it, caulk the hole on both the inside and outside of your home to secure it against weather and critters. Repeat for all remaining receivers until all receivers are directly connected to the splitter via an RG-6 coaxial cable.
Install the Dish
5. Connect two RG-6 coaxial wires to the input sides of the splitter, and run them to where you’re installing your dish.
6. Run the two RG-6 coaxial cables through the arm of the dish, and connect them to the LNB. The LNB, or low noise block converter, is the portion of the dish that actually receives the signal from the satellite. It has coaxial output ports underneath a few round, white plastic parts. Connect the wires, then insert the LNB into the arm of the dish. Finally, secure the LNB in place with a screw.
7. Install the mounting bracket. Press your bracket against your roof or wall, then drill through the mounting holes until you have perfectly spaced holes. Screw through the bracket into these holes to hold the bracket in place. Then insert the dish’s pole into the bracket, and secure it with the included bolts.
8. Connect the arm with the LNB and cables to the round portion of the dish with the included screws. Then slip the entire unit onto your installed pole, and clamp it in place with the included bolts.