Self installation of SKY dish for FREESAT ??

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Found 30th Sep 2009
Just wondering if anyone knows how hard it is to whack a dish up and plug it into a skybox or freesat box?

Sorts of prices?

Seen this dish :

eBay no: 360159804096

Then I'm thinking its just cableing, a second hand sky box (not bothered about sky+ yet), then a FREESAT from SKY card @ 20 quid..

Would that be my lot?

How do you go about aligning the sattelite? Look at the next door neighbours and hope for the best?? lol

I've added sky boxes to the kids rooms and sorted out the cableing etc plus freesat cards for them which all worked fine, but this is for my lil bro who just got his first place and wants TV put in CHEAP, but i've never put an actual dish up before so.. hence this thread..

SKY will do a one off payment with full install of FREESAT for £148 ish..

Any ideas welcome.

17 Comments

Maybe you should ask in Guv's sattelite thread.........
hotukdeals.com/ite…-u/

But I think its not quite as simple as that for instance if you're going to use a different sattelite you may have to use a bigger dish etc so it can get complicated.....and Freesat is different from free-to-air which is different to Freeview....

you would have to have the sattelite LNB absolutley spot on, just micro mm out and you will never get a picture, otherwise everyone would be able to do their own installation.

fskinner;6440254

you would have to have the sattelite LNB absolutley spot on, just micro … you would have to have the sattelite LNB absolutley spot on, just micro mm out and you will never get a picture, otherwise everyone would be able to do their own installation.



Utter Rubbish, everyone can do it, I Installed my sky+ myself, stick your head out of your window and look at everyone elses sat dish and stick it vaguely in that direction, then get a mate to stand and look at the TV whilst showing the Signal and Quality strength he can shout to you which way to move the dish. It really isn't rocket science.

gari189;6440148

Maybe you should ask in Guv's sattelite … Maybe you should ask in Guv's sattelite thread.........http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/416368/all-things-satellite-roll-up-roll-u/ But I think its not quite as simple as that for instance if you're going to use a different sattelite you may have to use a bigger dish etc so it can get complicated.....and Freesat is different from free-to-air which is different to Freeview....



Standard sky dish and LNB will work fine throw it up wiggle it about peash of cake mish money penny

Celticsun;6440339

Utter Rubbish, everyone can do it, I Installed my sky+ myself, stick your … Utter Rubbish, everyone can do it, I Installed my sky+ myself, stick your head out of your window and look at everyone elses sat dish and stick it vaguely in that direction, then get a mate to stand and look at the TV whilst showing the Signal and Quality strength he can shout to you which way to move the dish. It really isn't rocket science.



That's what i thought, otherwise everytime the wind blew your Sky wouldn't work!!

sancho1983;6440503

That's what i thought, otherwise everytime the wind blew your Sky … That's what i thought, otherwise everytime the wind blew your Sky wouldn't work!!



Scary thing is sometimes the wind does blow...moves your dish slightly...you lose signal

but PANIC NOT intrepid satellite viewer! SKY Will move your dish an inch Back for £60 WhooooHoooooo :thumbsup:

Banned

Installing a single sat sky dish is a walk in the part. Don't whatever you do pay someone to do it for you!

You are half right about looking at the neighbours dish..... make sure where ever you plant it, it has a clear line of sight in the same direction as theirs. (Remember, its an offset dish....... so the angle is about 30 degrees - not the angle the dish appears to be pointing! - Think angle of incidence = angle of reflection... ie LNB pointing to the dish and bouncing off up to the sky... thats the angle!)

If you have one of those cheapo sat meters, it will help things a little - but its an easy job and can be done without one. Just get the receiver all plugged in - and on a strong channel like BBC1.... and move the dish until you find the satellite. Once you get signal movement, you know you are near. A play for 10 minutes or so and you should be able to tighten up on an optimised signal.

Dont panic.. its easy.

Mind you.... why not get a bit more adventurous? Bigger dish... motor.... lots of por...... OK, I'll leave it there!:w00t:

ps - make sure power is switched off to the box before removing/connecting cables to your LNB

Original Poster

Thanks for all the help guys, will add rep in a sec,

Will i need to tell sky anything, get the LNB registered or similar or will it just work out of the box?

Lastly, will a normal sky box with a £20 freesat from sky card be the way to go? or is a Freesat box with whatever you need for that best?

(least money remember)

Shouldn't need to let sky know, unless you want sky+ Or if you need a freeview card (not all freeview channels are 'free/watchable' without a sky subscription/card.

No need to tell Sky anything, just fit the dish, connect it and that is it.

Make sure the cable connection at the LNB is water tight, and the dish is secure and all bolts tightened fully, once aligned correctly.

Good luck.

Celticsun;6440839

Shouldn't need to let sky know, unless you want sky+ Or if you need a … Shouldn't need to let sky know, unless you want sky+ Or if you need a freeview card (not all freeview channels are 'free/watchable' without a sky subscription/card.



No such thing as a " Freeview " Card, they are FreesatfromSky Cards.;-)

Banned

DudeyGeeza;6440779

Thanks for all the help guys, will add rep in a sec,Will i need to tell … Thanks for all the help guys, will add rep in a sec,Will i need to tell sky anything, get the LNB registered or similar or will it just work out of the box?Lastly, will a normal sky box with a £20 freesat from sky card be the way to go? or is a Freesat box with whatever you need for that best?(least money remember)



If you buy a sky SD box, you wont get the HD channels. You will if you get a freesat box though. If you decided to get sky in the future, your freesat box, won't receive the sky channels.

Sky wont be interested... you're not paying them anything, nor need to.

One of my neighbours worked for virgin tele, then sky etc and he goes around offering to set up sky boxes- he uses a machine to obtain the signal (i think that machine was not returned to the rightful owner when he left the job..ahem..)- but saying that, there's loads of ppl like him abt- some of whom knock on our door and offer free channels forever for £100.. thats including mtv and all thos fee channels..

if you can't figure it our, the average non-official sky guy charges around £50 methinks..

Inactive;6441631

No such thing as a " Freeview " Card, they are FreesatfromSky Cards.;-)



As in free to view card, don't be so pedantic :roll:

Celticsun;6448465

As in free to view card, don't be so pedantic :roll:



I wasn't being " pedantic " I was just helping others by correcting your misleading information.

It isn't a " free to view card " either, it is a Freesatfromsky Card.
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