If you live where you can’t high-speed Internet through a wired connection from and Internet service provider (and I know a lot of you still do), Satellite Internet could be the solution.

Satellite internet is the ability to transmit data from a dish installed at your home to a satellite in the sky.  These satellites are geostationary, meaning they orbit with the earth, so your signal always comes from the same satellite.  Satellite internet is able to reach more people all over the world, especially in rural areas.  This is often the most reliable internet source.

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Another benefit to satellite Internet service is that you may not need a professional technician to install the hardware for you. With a little patience and the right tools, anyone can install their own satellite Internet dish in just a few hours by following these six simple steps. Here’s what you’ll need to do.

Gather Necessary Tools

Most satellite Internet companies will provide a set-up kit with the primary tools you need for installation, including the satellite dish, mast, receiver, cables, and all necessary mounting hardware. Inspect your kit to make sure you have the equipment you need.

You will also need to gather additional items, including the following:

  • Electric drill with drill bits in multiple sizes
  • Screwdriver
  • Silicone caulk
  • Cable puller (sometimes called a “snake”)
  • Ladder
  • Level
  • Compass
  • Satellite signal meter or satellite finder app

Choose a Location

Most satellite dishes are mounted on a roof, balcony, or side of a home, though the dish may also be placed on a sturdy pole in the ground. Assess your area and determine where the best placement for your dish will be.

To work properly, your dish must have a clear view of the southern sky, as that’s where the satellite signal originates from. Make sure there aren’t any trees or other buildings nearby that might block the signal. Keep in mind that you may need to tweak the position of your dish or clear it of debris in the future, so choose a location that you can reach easily.

Mount the Mast

Once you’ve decided where to place your dish, you’ll need to mount the mast. Make sure you’ve marked your placement properly before you begin drilling: the old adage “measure twice, cut once” applies to satellite placement as well. Use a level to ensure the mast is straight, then follow the instructions provided with your set-up kit and secure the mast to the roof or wall. Once the mast is secure, slide the dish into the mast.

In part 2 of this article, we’ll look at how to finishing installing your satellite Internet.

~ Sarah Brown