Troubleshoot A Bell Expressvu Satellite Receiver

The satellite dish communicates with the satellite receiver.

A satellite receiver receives a signal from the satellite dish in order to bring satellite television programming to your television set. If the dish is improperly aligned in accordance with the receiver’s signal or if cables are incorrectly installed, your satellite receiver’s performance will suffer. Fortunately, identifying and fixing these potential Bell ExpressVu satellite receiver issues requires no special tools or formal training.


1. Check the power cable of the Bell ExpressVu satellite receiver and ensure it is firmly plugged into a wall outlet or a power strip.

2. Look at the back of the Bell ExpressVu satellite receiver. Find the “ANT IN” port that is designed for the coaxial cable that comes from the back of your satellite dish’s mast. If this cable has come loose from this “ANT IN” port, reconnect it to restore satellite signal reception.

3. Check the connection between the Bell ExpressVu satellite receiver and your television. The Bell ExpressVu satellite receiver should be connected to the television using the composite cable that comes with the receiver. There are two ends to the composite cable, with each end consisting of one yellow, one red and one white plug. The rear of both your TV and the Bell ExpressVu satellite receiver have matching composite ports. Color-match each set of plugs to their respective ports and plug them in.

4. Turn on the Bell ExpressVu satellite receiver and your television. If you are still not receiving satellite reception, choose the “Signal Meter Option” from the Bell ExpressVu satellite receiver‘s menu that appears on your TV after the device boots up.

5. Go outside to the satellite dish and a leave someone with the Bell ExpressVu satellite receiver’s digital signal meter. This meter will help you adjust the dish to achieve the correct satellite signal strength.

6. Make elevation (up/down) adjustments to the satellite dish. Make one of these incremental adjustments every five to seven seconds, giving the digital signal meter a chance to update. When it updates, the meter will indicate how close you are to pointing the dish to the correct coordinates for an optimal signal. Continue making elevation adjustments as the receiver’s signal meter suggests.

7. Use the signal meter to also make azimuth (left/right) adjustments to the dish. Make each of these adjustments every five to seven seconds, as well. Continue making dish adjustments until the Bell ExpressVu satellite receiver’s signal meter indicates the coordinates have been reached. This will restore a strong satellite signal to your receiver and enable satellite television programming.