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How to Install Satellite Internet In Your Home

Satellite internet installation is more complicated than a cable or DSL modem installation. The satellite dish needs to be handled carefully and pointed at the correct location in the sky. An experienced technician should be called to help you install your satellite.

Even satellite internet providers require their installers to be certified to set up this kind of equipment. This is because each satellite system has transmitters which communicate with the satellite, and if it hasn't been set up properly, one unit can crash an entire network, something that isn't looked upon lightly by internet providers.

Satellite systems should be installed by a professional. Below are the steps illustrating how it's done, in the event that you wish to be familiar with what your technician is doing.

Equipment Required

satellite equipment diagram

The satellite broadband system consists of several major components:

  1. The receiver and transmitter modem
  2. The satellite dish assembly that is installed outside
  3. Cables for connecting the modems and your computer software
  4. A software and indoor equipment installation guide

Of Special Note

This guide is for installers with experience. The installer may be required to:

  • Drill holes into exterior and/or interior walls;
  • Locate and drill into rafters or trusses;
  • Assess the safety of drilling next to water pipes, electrical wiring, or gas lines hidden in the walls;
  • Route coaxial cable through the foundation wall, under floors, and through interior walls;
  • Ground the satellite dish and coaxial cable as recommended in the National Electrical Code (Your hired technician knows about it. It will be better to ask them as well to get familiar);

Installation Instructions

Your installer will follow the basic steps below.

  1. Use a laptop computer to determine antenna pointing values for your satellite dish
  2. Choose an installation site
  3. Select a mounting method
  4. Install the mount
  5. Assemble the satellite dish
  6. Install the satellite dish on the mount
  7. Run cable and ground wire to connect and ground the entire assembly
  8. Aim the satellite dish
  9. Install the software on your computer and connect the satellite
  10. modems to your computer

Connecting your Satellite Modem to your PC:

Connecting your satellite to your PC can be accomplished in the following steps

A. Connecting to a single PC:

Use the included network cable to connect the satellite modem to the PC.

  1. Turn-off your PC
  2. Connect the Ethernet cable to the cable connector on the satellite modem
  3. Get the other end of the Ethernet cable or CAT5 cable and plug one end to the Ethernet port of your PC's NIC.
  4. Connect satellite dish.
  5. Turn on your PC and modem.

B. Connecting within a LAN:

To obtain satellite access for more than one PC, the modem can be connected to the LAN via a HUB/Switch. The modem serves as an internet router (DHCP-Server) for this network. You need to connect 2-NIC (network Interface Card) to your pc. One will be for internet distribution and the other for your PC's network.

  1. Turn off your pc.
  2. Connect the Ethernet cable to the cable connector on the satellite modem.
  3. Get the other end of the Ethernet cable or CAT5 cable and plug one end to the Ethernet port of your PC's NIC.
  4. Connect another Ethernet cable to the 2nd NIC in your pc
  5. Connect the other end of the 2nd Ethernet cable to the hub/switch or router.
  6. Connect satellite dish
  7. Turn on your pc and modem.

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