Top Tips On Setting Up A Motorised Satellite Dish

1 Comment12 February 2014  |  Ashley

In the world of satellite dishes, it’s easy to get confused by all the different makes and models available. One of the most popular types, however, is the motorised satellite dish, and despite some initial costs can be quite a useful investment. Many people use a motorised satellite dish to view a greater range of channels, access foreign-language networks or, for enthusiasts, track satellite movements.


So What Do You Need To Consider When Setting Up A Motorised Satellite Dish?


There are a few things you’ll need to know before you set up your motorised satellite dish that can sometimes be unclear in the manufacturer’s instructions. Here are some of them:

  • Know your location – before you start installing your motorised satellite dish, you’ll need to know your latitude and longitude – the easiest way to do this is with Google Maps. Simply find the place you want to set up your dish, right click on it and select ‘What’s Here?’. The coordinates of that location will then show up in the search box.
  • Make sure the dish will be far enough from the wall – the first thing you’ll need when setting up your motorised satellite dish is a wall bracket that mounts the dish far enough from the wall to allow it to move freely; typically, this distance needs to be around 18 inches.
  • The mount for the dish and motor must be completely vertical – this can’t be stressed enough; if the mount isn’t perfectly vertical your motorised satellite dish won’t work properly. Tracking satellites requires absolute precision, so even being off by 1 degree will mean a sub-par signal.
  • Make sure your dish has an unobstructed view of the sky – this really goes without saying. If something’s in the way, you’re not going to get a signal. A general rule of thumb is that if the distance from your motorised satellite dish to the obstruction is more than twice the obstruction’s height, you should be ok. Your motorised satellite dish should ideally have an unobstructed view between 30 degrees east and 30 degrees west of due south.
  • Use a digital satellite finder – it can be a real hassle trying to orient your motorised satellite dish to the right location. Save yourself some time and get a digital satellite finder so that you know exactly where you need to point your dish before you even install it.


Systemsat Provide All of Your Motorised Satellite Dish Needs


Here at Systemsat, we’re passionate about providing you with everything you’ll need to successfully set up a motorised satellite dish, regardless of what you’re using it for. For support and technical advice, email us at or call our sales team on 0203 411 2132.

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