Professional installation of a satellite dish can cost hundreds of dollars. Luckily, installation is not that difficult aside from pointing the dish in the right direction. If you already have the satellite dish, an installation and mounting kit can be bought separately. You will need a high-grade coaxial cable, which usually comes with the satellite dish, but also can be bought with the mounting kit. Given that the dish will be installed on a patio, buy a self-supporting tripod that can be screwed into the surface.
Skill level:Moderately Challenging
Things you need
Satellite dishMounting tripodInstallation kitWaterproof sealantReceiver box
Installing the Dish
1 Determine the general direction in which you will point your dish to pick up signals. Satellites orbit the Earth's equator, so you will need to point the dish due south if you live in North America. Make sure the satellite dish will have an unobstructed line to the sky. Select a spot on your patio that is both out of foot traffic and closest to your TV hookup. This will lessen the length of coaxial cable needed.
2 Check the length of your coaxial cable to make sure it will run from your dish to your TV and receiver. A shorter distance is always favourable but not essential.
3 Install the satellite mounting tripod on the patio with the provided screws. Place the satellite dish atop the mounting pod once it is secured.
4 Attach the coaxial cable to the satellite dish and run it to the satellite receiver box. Connect the coaxial cable to the receiver and connect the receiver to the TV. You will need to supply your own connection cables from the receiver to the TV. Seal all outdoor connections to the coaxial cable with waterproof sealant, which can be found at a home improvement store. The cable housing itself is waterproof, but the connections are susceptible to the elements, so you will want to make sure they are sealed well.
5 Ground the satellite dish to your house's grounding rod. To do so, run the grounding wire provided in the installation kit to the grounding rod. If you can't locate the grounding rod or you don't have one, simply attach the wire to any metal water pipe in your house. This is a safety precaution but also required by law.
Tuning the Dish Direction
1 Look up your satellite provider's suggested position angle. This will tell you how many degrees from due south to point the dish. You might want to use a GPS unit to locate the correct direction initially.
2 Turn the TV on and make sure it is connected to the receiver properly. Tune into a beacon channel, which displays the signal strength fom the provider's satellites.
3 Turn the dish very slowly from east to west. If your dish is positioned properly, you shouldn't have to turn it more than 2-3 degrees each way. Monitor the signal on the TV as you are turning the dish or have another person watch and call out to you. Find the best possible signal strength.
4 Lock the satellite dish's horizontal alignment in place. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 for the vertical alignment, moving the dish up and down instead.
5 Turn the TV on and check channels for strength of signal.