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How to Install a Satellite Dish for DSTV, MyTV, Etc. Yourself

We decided to come up with a complete DIY guide for installing or setting up a satellite dish & decoder for DSTV, MyTV, Multi TV & etcetera without paying an installer/technician. This idea was birth after we recently installed one for a student who complained of having not even half our installation fees.

We concluded that a guide like this can help a lot of persons install their satellite dishes without a bug of any kind.

Following this guide step by step will help you install and setup your satellite Tv dishes without the usual missing channels, poor signal and related issues that happens as a result of low technical know-how for installing satellite dishes.

Tools Needed

Extra Tools

This part is necessary if you are going to use a pipe and not the house roof, wall or wooden fetcher board before the roof.

The pipe must be fixed on an open space without trees and/or other hindrances. Below is the tools necessary for mounting your satellite dish in a open space outside the building or with a longer pipe.

How to Setup the Satellite Dish

The satellite dish components will usually come in separate parts and must be arranged in such a way that makes it easy to receive signals and withstand strong wind.

The arrangement of the dish components depends on where you intend mounting it on. If you are going to mount it on a root, wall or wooden fetcher board of the building, look at the image below for how it should be coupled.

If you intend mounting it on a pipe outside the building, look at the image below and use the tools listed in the extra tools section above to make it solid and well grounded.

The last things needed to complete this section is to fit in the screws and nuts in the reflector’s (dish) rear and connect the LNBF accordingly. See images below for the tips.

After mounting your satellite dish correctly, you can safely move ahead to the next and final steps covered below.

Related Tips:

How to Configure the Decoder, Activate smart card and free-to-air channels for first viewing

This is the part where your digital satellite signal meter will come into play. Plug the Coaxial cable into the Lnbf  base of the main dish assembly and then plug the other end of the cable into the LNB in (Antenna) port in the back of a digital satellite signal meter or a strong decoder.

Complete the second part also known as dish alignment by locating east, west, points and degrees depending on the satellite tv provider you intend doing the setup for.

Do note that for this tutorial, we used a strong decoder (as a digital satellite signal meter) to install a DSTV satellite dish and then connected the lnbf cable to the DSTV decoder to watch all the channels available for our selected plan.

The angular position, polarity and transponder values for popular satellite providers is listed below for your perusal.

Orbital Position & Frequencies for Popular Digital Satellite TV Providers

For Multi TV: Use –

For DSTV: Use –

Note that this particular settings works for High TV, Train TV & most other sports channels satellite providers.

For My TV: Use –

For CanalSat Afrique: Use –

For HotBird: Use –

For Nile SAT : Use –

Scanning for Satellite TV Channels & Completing the Setup

This is the last steps for installing a satellite dish yourself, once the polarity, orbital position and transponder values for your chosen satellite provider is noted, move on to this step to complete the channels scan and full activation.

From your strong decoder remote control, find Menu and then select installation. Enter 0000 as the password and Select manual scanning and then enter your satellite provider’s values as listed above Eg. eutelsat w4/7,  transponder frequency and the rest.

For Dstv we did the setup as follows:

At this point, the signal power and quality meter will start reading, start rotating your reflector (dish) up/down and side ways around 36 degrees east (see your neighbors own for tips or read directly from your digital satellite signal meter).

Watch the signal power and quality and tight the dish strongly once you are able to get values higher than 60% (We got 89% for ours).

Once a good signal quality is ascertained, your satellite dish is all setup.

Disconnect the LNB-in from your strong decoder (or digital satellite meter) and connect it to the DSTV decoder. Select English from the language options, E36A-B from the next window and Universal for LNB type. Hit scan to install and complete the channels setup.

Note: If you are using a digital signal meter, the scan option won’t be necessary. All you need do is, connect the LNB-in to the meter and enter the frequency, polarization and symbol rate values while aligning the dish for best signal quality.

DSTV Free-to-air Channels

Once your DSTV satellite dish is installed correctly, the following channels will show in clear qualities as they are free-to-air channel for all DSTV satellite dish owners.

  1. Channel 100
  2. Channel 198
  3. Channel 409
  4. Channel 447
  5. Channel 449

How to activate a DSTV Smart Card for First Use

If you are activating your DSTV smart card for the first time, you will need to buy a subscription plan. All DSTV bouquets is listed here.

Insert your smart card and take note of the smart card number. Call 012703232 or 08039003788 to setup your account or dial *288# to follow the USSD prompt.

What if there’s the E16 Error Code?

This is a very common error with activating new accounts, you can correct this error if after 30 minutes of activation, your subscribed (premium) channels are yet to show up.

You can correct the E16 error by sending reset plus  your smartcard number (eg. reset 1234567890) as an SMS to 30333 or by using the clear error code – E16 option on the self-service section of the DSTV website.

Bonus Tip

How to Record TV Shows and Programs

DSTV explora hardware and some other premium satellite TV decoders lets you record events and programs for future viewing, but if you are using the HD version that doesn’t give such privileges, you can use this section for tips on how to record TV programs for future viewing.

Note: You can record both satellite TV programs and regular TV shows with this guide. You can also use your regular TV cards (for desktop computers) to record live TV shows by upgrading the support software to their latest version.

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By Obasi Miracle on August 22, 2015 · Posted in Electronic & Appliances

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Author: Obasi Miracle

Obasi Miracle is one of the brains behind 3rd Planet Techies. A webdesign afficionado and IT Support brainbox, he flourishes and revel in helping many-a-techies in their aspiration to become the best they can. For more of him, keep a date with him on Techies Forum.

89 Comments

oretuyi emmanuel

God bless you I really enjoyed it pleased me up for more benefit from you 08135541717 Facebook Oretuyi Emmanuel heritage

Posted on November 5th, 2015

Obasi Miracle

thanks for dropping by bro, you hook up with us via fb.com/obasimvilla

Posted on November 5th, 2015

bungei

starsat 38 to 60 west. freq 12380, horintal

Posted on July 21st, 2016

Ebbie Geego

Hello,I Need help,Can someone help me out?

Posted on August 5th, 2016

Chrisat

pls boss i was trying to tract mytv today but all to no avail, i used 12525/27000 and 12525 and 30000 but couldnt get it still

Posted on October 2nd, 2016

Sammy

What about starsat? How does it work, what satellite? What frequencies can be used where a FTA decoder is being used as a meter.

Posted on February 4th, 2016

Obasi Miracle

You can easily make due with this- transponder: 11940V/27500, then position your satellite dish to about 5 degree east

Posted on February 5th, 2016

Sammy

Thanks Obasi. Will try it out in the course of next week

Posted on February 6th, 2016

Sammy

Obasi, tried this and worked very well. Now keenly peeping into ses 5 to see what there is on offer

Posted on February 19th, 2016

Obasi Miracle

That’s good a thing to know Sammy.
All the best to you already

Posted on February 19th, 2016

Tony

Hello Obasi
Good PM, Pls what is the new frequency for tracking my tv and elevation angle.

Posted on February 11th, 2016

Obasi Miracle

Hi Tony,

That is referenced in the MyTV section of the article above

Posted on February 19th, 2016

Sammyotoo

Hi guys, I have a Hero H2020 Satellite receiver. I am trying to connect a dish to it. what angle of elevation do i have to set it and its Azimuth? I am trying to use Eutelsat 3B

Posted on March 7th, 2016

Obasi Miracle

around 30-65 degree east and Horizontal polarity should be a template for this Sammy

Posted on March 11th, 2016

Sammyotoo

Thanks bro. I will give it a try and get back to you.

Posted on March 12th, 2016

Sammyotoo

Obasi, I have done all I could but seems not to be responding at all.

Posted on March 12th, 2016

Obasi Miracle

at this point Sammy, you might need make do with a tech pal that’s close to you and knowledgeable on satellite communications, that you learn more, even beyond what’s discussed in this article.

Wishing you a splendid week ahead

Posted on March 13th, 2016

Adamou Salou

Hi from Niger. It’s been an eternity that i’been searching for help about decoders. Thank you very much for your inestimable help. You are the best bro. May God help you!

Posted on June 1st, 2016

Obasi Miracle

I’m glad you liked it. Thanks for the compliments too

Posted on June 1st, 2016

Obasi Miracle

Amen and thanks for the kind wishes.

Posted on June 2nd, 2016

mmeshi mojela

Pls help me I want to be an accredited installer what must I do 0814240856 or 0763502020

Posted on June 1st, 2016

Obasi Miracle

All you need do is visit a major Multi-TV/DSTV outlet in your location and discuss with their technical team.

Posted on June 2nd, 2016

Emma

pls sir miracle can i hav ur phone number i want to communicate to u as i install mine God bless.

Posted on June 4th, 2016

xmark

thanks a lot obasi plz I need ur phone number my fb username is xmark Uc Uchenna add me up.

Posted on June 8th, 2016

Abdy Tokyo

hi miracle,
want to install arab sat,
im in n.west uganda(westnile),
what technical parameters to consder
thanks.

Posted on June 10th, 2016

Obasi Miracle

I’ll check if I could hook that up and get back to you. But then, you can snoop around the net and see if such details exist on their support forums.

Posted on June 10th, 2016

jiga

Nice one. But what about the big dish, the 2 meters and above. I also want to know about the costs involved. Thank you.

Posted on June 12th, 2016

Obasi Miracle

We’ll update this post with more tips for it once we have time in our hands.

Posted on June 12th, 2016

Olaide

Pls help sir. My distv hd does not have signal and the dish is well installed.

Posted on June 13th, 2016

Obasi Miracle

Is this a recent development? Have you check if the LNB input is still properly fixed from the back of the decoder?

Posted on June 13th, 2016

Godwin Alekz

Nice works here, i’ve been trying to install a strong ‘srt 4653’ decoder bt the frequency power isnt turning green. The quality is also not increasing. Pls help!! My mail is godwinalekz550@gmail.com

Posted on June 13th, 2016

Obasi Miracle

You will need to set the right frequency and polarization and then tune the dish accordingly until you start noticing some movement in the bars. You can use the details here as a template

Posted on June 13th, 2016

Flow

Tanz for ur effort in helping us save some money. Pls i just want to ask if it,s possible for a cable to cause a low quality signal in multi tv . Are my suppose to start turning d dish when it is on manual scanning or dish setting ? Pls help i have been on since yesterday . Thanks

Posted on June 14th, 2016

Obasi Miracle

Once the cable is properly connected from the rear panel and confirmed okay from the indicators, it is save to start tuning the dish randomly in the right directions while watching the signal/quality movement. The position with better quality would be the standpoint to hook on to.

Posted on June 14th, 2016

Charles

My decoder lost signal and I pay money to restore it. Pls can I get a clue on how to do it myself

Posted on June 15th, 2016

Obasi Miracle

It depends on what caused the signal lost, it could be as a result of the coaxial cable LNB-in broken, the dish changing from its original position, messing with the decoder settings and sundry reasons. So it is best to troubleshoot along these lines whenever there’s a signal lost.

Posted on June 16th, 2016

Flow

Tankz alot bt how do i kno if the LNB faculty?

Posted on June 15th, 2016

Obasi Miracle

What I asked you to check is the LNB-in, that is – where the cable coming from the dish is connected to (in the decoder’s rear). You can do so by unscrewing the F-connector and checking to see if the tips of the cable isn’t broken and then connect it back and properly screw the nut.

Posted on June 16th, 2016

Unkle Vin

Hi. Pls, there’s this decoder called Metro digital tv. do have an idea on how to install the stuff, and if so how do I go about it?

Posted on June 21st, 2016

Musiime Simon

Thank you very much for this useful information. I am indeed grateful. Where can I get a digital satellite meter?

Posted on July 2nd, 2016

Obasi Miracle

It is sold in major electronic shops around, you can also buy from Aliexpress or any other e-mall.

Posted on July 2nd, 2016

dezz

Hi guys I have a problem here was installing Dstv but now it stuck on scanning -whatsapp or call me 0717842414 Thank you

Posted on July 4th, 2016

ZaheJosh

gdevnin Mr Obasi.am really educating myself with ur rich ideas in dis field.
i recently formatted my dstv to factory setting. how do i add new channels.even d free to air channels r not showing.tnks 08100415379

Posted on July 4th, 2016

ebi

Please what about trendtv

Posted on July 8th, 2016

K

Hello, you did not mention the satellite for Canalsat Afrique. Why so?
2) If I want to watch european channels such as Sky UK, do you know if we can point to the satellite from Africa? Astra 28.2E

Posted on July 9th, 2016

IHECHERE ANTHONY IHUOMA

i appreciate this work. Thanks.

Posted on July 9th, 2016

Kitonga Michael

Thanks bro for your useful ideas in this field.

Posted on July 12th, 2016

Okan

that was helpful
is it possible to use Humax receiver to get the signal for Eutalsat w4/w7?

Posted on July 13th, 2016

erick

smart move b t way what is the cost of satellite finder I am in Nakuru molo

Posted on July 14th, 2016

Kazeem

Hello mr obasi please your help on the new frequency and symbol rate of my muilt TV please help on that with your reply here thank you.

Posted on July 16th, 2016

Louis

Hi Obasi, how can I watch super sports on my strong decoder without monthly subscription

Posted on July 18th, 2016

Engr-light

My guys, una problems too much. Haba…

Posted on July 19th, 2016

Eric

pls educate us on The skewing of lnbs to two,three.five o’clock and so on. how do we go abt that.

Posted on July 25th, 2016

bolaji

It is possible to cut coaxial cable when doing extension

Posted on August 1st, 2016

3ptechies Default

Yes it is. You can also make use of coaxial splitter to connect to multiple rooms

Posted on August 1st, 2016

Ebbie Geego

I need Canal+Frequency,I’am from liberia,I want to install my dish

Posted on August 5th, 2016

Oyekunle Oluwatobi

This is very insightful, how can one hookup with Mr. Obasi aside this platform?

Posted on August 5th, 2016

uche

So we still got someone of ur kind tnx anyway,pls how do I fix the cable at the rear of my decoder it removed

Posted on August 9th, 2016

Obasi Miracle

That is very easy to do bro, make sure the tips of the inner is sharp & straight, then fix it in to the line-in input channel and fasten with the screw nut

Posted on August 9th, 2016

Barry

hey there, someone tampered with my dish (mytv-strong decoder) and ever since some channels went haywire and in a bid to pacify the issue I further tilted the dish to various angles and guess what, THIS IS NOT HELPING either instead my whole channels went “no signal” report. please what do I do to reverse cos out of much anger and frustration I deleted all channels after much fruitless trials.

thanks in advance!

Posted on August 10th, 2016

All4ualone

please how do I upgrade srt4329 it’s mpeg 4, bcoz all signal is disappear

Posted on August 10th, 2016

yugood

great well done job from u people..

Posted on August 11th, 2016

st

Thanks

Posted on August 15th, 2016

Dries

Please advise
Use your method on DSTV but receive error code 10.09

Posted on August 16th, 2016

Dries

Sorry 106.09

Posted on August 16th, 2016

foliboi

Hi Mr obasi Ineed yo help can I turn the dish of a dstv to make a star sat. With a same LNB

Posted on August 23rd, 2016

Charles.

Pls Sir,what are the decoders that can be used as signal meter for dstv installation? Can Strong decoder still be used and are they any other ones I can use? Thanks in anticipation.

Posted on September 3rd, 2016

Obasi Miracle

Strong decoders work as well as digital meters

Posted on September 3rd, 2016

Donn

I moved to a new area, put my dish on the roof, pointed it in the general direction the other dishes were pointing and bingo, all good. What do installers charge for? No gadgets, no special meters …What a croc of shit.

Posted on September 7th, 2016

Obasi Miracle

That’s awesome Donn, I’m glad you fixed that without challenges of any sort

Posted on September 7th, 2016

Amure Sikiru

This is wonderfully unbelievable.
The whole process looked magical after I successfully installed my own dish without an installer.
I can’t thank you enough for this shared knowledge. May the Almighty God bless you richly and enrich you with more wisdom.

Posted on September 19th, 2016

Obasi Miracle

I’m glad you found this helpful Amure, your feedback is such a great deal to us. do have a lovely week ahead

Posted on September 19th, 2016

Lolome charles

Hi bro how can I set up my dish for signal .I no of elevation, azimuth and askew but I don’t which is which .bro help my.

Posted on September 23rd, 2016

AbduRahman

Kudos to u Mr Obasi, more power to ur elbow, i’ll be so grateful if u can connect me on whatsapp 08060024029.

Posted on September 30th, 2016

Chrisat

sorry i meant multi tv

Posted on October 2nd, 2016

Risotek.com

Dear all
We need help on how to connect to Arabsat and Nilesat in Uganda
Anyone who can help ?

Posted on October 6th, 2016

Mark gachiri

I need a practical class to perfect my skills,kindly advice way foward

Posted on October 13th, 2016

tunde niyi

hi obasi.i av strong decoder 4922/q stat/dstv dish/ lnb. i wanna ask ifi can watch epl/laliga/cani cup/ fa cup and qualifier on it wthout paying subcription- sir list me some channel dat i can able 2 watch dose league matches kindly inbox me on fb/tubabaade thanks aloat God bless’

Posted on October 20th, 2016

Emmanuel

Thanks for your lessons, please i can get dstv channels on strong decoder, or use it to get dstv

Posted on October 20th, 2016

fredolas

You have done a great job mr obasi, pls can you give me a tutorial on how to install c-band in nigeria….. thanks.

Posted on October 25th, 2016

nobsindeen

pls am having serious problem with mounting of dstv dish

Posted on October 25th, 2016

adefade

I have a big net dish with jack and I found it difficult to install it and what frequency to track from. Nigeria pls..

Posted on October 28th, 2016

Eddy

pls help me, i reset my 4669 decoder, pls help me the recent freq nd symbol cobfigure i back. thanks

Posted on November 3rd, 2016

TIM BROWN

Dear mr Obasi.
Am in South Africa I tried to search my dstv using a digital signal finder, but I couldnt see Eutesat on the list of satellite. Please help me here what must i do now
Thanks

Posted on November 6th, 2016

Ben honest

Love your chearful life style
God bless u

Posted on November 9th, 2016

Wong

Hello Mr Obasi.
I am in Uganda. I am trying to hook up my dish to Nile sat. Count I please have the correct elevation angle? Because for the moment I have 44 degrees but I’m getting nothing. But at 90 degrees in the same position I get 100% quality but when I scan I don’t get Nile sat channels.
Thanks in advance.
Could you also advise if it’s possible to get Astra 19 E here.

Posted on November 23rd, 2016

Danny

God bless you abassi,more grace. Pls my strong Decoder is voicing out but nt showing, and most of my stations have disapeared, pls what can i do?

Posted on November 25th, 2016

adewale

Pls after following ur step I have all my dstv channels but it’s scrambled and I have subscription on it,how should I fix it

Posted on November 28th, 2016

mikson

plz help
my dstv it scan but after it scan ,it says ” weather its not good it cant install network”always when i do scan.

whats wrong?

Posted on December 2nd, 2016

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