How To Configure The Satellite Dish Tuner Yourself: Instruction

Satellite television is a technology for a wide range of applications, including domestic use, which has gained a high level of popularity. The digital apparatus which forms the basis of the technology is complex electronics.

But for all the complexity of the hardware, it is quite easy for the end user to figure out how to tune the satellite dish tuner himself without hiring a master.

This task is accomplished almost as well as tuning any other modern household appliance. The basis of tuning is observing the instructions that come with each specific tuner. Let's take a look at this point to make it even easier to tune the equipment yourself.

The contents of this article:

  • Tuner assignment and location
    • Perfect tuner installation
    • Interfaces and controls
  • Step-by-step configuration
    • Step #1 - choose language and time zone
    • Step #2 - configure audio/video interfaces
    • Step #3 - configure antenna system
    • Step #4 - search for channels
  • Commands operation after the basic settings
  • Conclusions and useful video on the topic

Tuner definition and location

For your users, There are many users, many of whom do not know much about radio and television electronics, who find the word \"tuner\" very difficult to understand.

But there is nothing difficult about this word, because in fact behind it there is the usual meaning of a receiver.

How to configure the satellite dish tuner yourself: instruction

One of the many structural variations of a receiver (tuner) for the television signal from a satellite, traditionally the basis of a satellite system, along with the \"dish\", the satellite dish

In this case it is a receiver for the television signal broadcast by satellite.

The signal received by the tuner is transformed for coordinated processing by the television set. As a result the user perceives on the TV screen the television picture formed by the signal.

Before starting to install the tuner we recommend to read our other articles where we explained in detail how to install the satellite dish with your hands and tune the \"dish\" to the satellite.

Tuner Installation

After you bought the TV tuner you should tune it. This means to follow a series of successive steps according to the instructions before the received signal will be properly converted and displayed on the TV screen.

Thereafter this process will be explained in detail using the example of the tuner of the Tricolor TV system.

Before the tuner is installed on a flat, firm surface, preferably close to the TV screen but not closer than 10-15 cm to the TV screen or the back wall.

How to configure the satellite dish tuner yourself: instruction

This is the approximate place of the tuner next to the TV receiver. Proper mounting of the tuner is when a level hard surface is used and the technical clearances between the tuner and the TV set are maintained

The receiver module should be installed with unobstructed air access to the ventilation areas, usually the bottom and top cover or the sides. If the ventilation is not maintained properly the risk of overheating and malfunctioning.

The standard package includes:

  • tuner module;
  • control handset;
  • module power connector;
  • 3RCA cable.

The inserted tuner should be connected to the TV set with appropriate cables.

Interfaces and controls

The housing of the standard tuner is rectangular with a front and a rear panel housing the control and system interfaces. The former usually occupy the front panel area. The latter are placed in the back panel area.

Main control elements are the power on/off button, the mode and channel change buttons, the information display and the user card slot.

How to configure the satellite dish tuner yourself: instruction

The interface component of a modern tuner allows the end user a variety of possible connections of the picture and sound output source

Interfaces are usually placed in the back panel. The number of interfaces in a modern tuner is quite high and can reach more than 10:

  1. Frequency cable (RF OUT) of the TV connection.
  2. An aerial cable (RF IN).
  3. Link to another tuner (LNB OUT).
  4. Satellite cable connection (LNB IN).
  5. Composite video (VIDEO).
  6. Computer connection (USB).
  7. Tv connection (SCART).
  8. Tv connection (HDMI).
  9. Audio connection via \"tube\" (AUDIO).

There - on the rear panel there is also a socket for the power adapter, sometimes mode switches and fuses.

How to configure the satellite dish tuner yourself: instruction

A variety of connection cable (SCART/3RSA) that can be used when connecting the output of the satellite TV tuner with the input interface of a standard TV receiver

The tuner cable is usually connected to the TV receiver through a \"SCART\" cable (fully soldered) with an appropriate connector.

But other options are not excluded, including the RF OUT signal via the standard antenna input of the TV. But in this case the picture and the sound quality decreases.

Step configuration

So, once you have connected the tuner to the TV, you can connect the power adapter and you can set the network button to \"ON\".

The first boot up is usually followed by a \"setup wizard\" on the TV screen. For inexperienced users this is the best setup option.

Step #1 - choose language and time zone

The first screen of the \"wizard\" is the regional standard settings such as menu communication language, audio language and time zone.

Select the desired options screen by pressing the \"arrow up-down\", right-left buttons on the remote control.

How to configure the satellite dish tuner yourself: instruction

The first setup screen, by the example of the \"Tricolor TV\" system, where the user sets the required regional standard settings

Confirms the selection with the \"OK\" button. While the menu language is traditionally selected corresponding to the regional language, the audio language is usually selected in two options - one of which supports automatic selection depending on the content.

Step #2 - configuring the audio/video interfaces

In the second (screen) configuration step you must decide on the settings responsible for the connections to the television receiver.

How to configure the satellite dish tuner yourself: instruction

A second setup screen, where by successive selection of the options the user sets the parameters defining all the nuances of the tuner connection to the television receiver

Under the \"arrow buttons\" one must go successively through the OSD.

And set the parameters in theĀ corresponding tabs:

  • Video mode - RGB or CVBS. Normally RGB is selected if you connect with a \"SCART\" cable.
  • Audio Channel - TV SCART or AUDIO L/R. Here you also select the mono/stereo mode.
  • Format of the screen-usually 16x9, rarely 4x3.
  • Format-usually the default, also: envelope, cropped, combined.

You also need to select the settings in tabTV Receiver Standard - PAL B/G, PAL D/K, PAL I, SECAM D/K). You can find the required standard in the TV documentation.

Step #3 - tune the dish system

Organically this part of the general setup menu is set by your satellite TV supplier by default.

How to configure the satellite dish tuner yourself: instruction

The third configuration screen, by navigating through the options it allows the user to adjust the settings of the satellite dish (to leave the default values or to set a customized one)

But the individual user settings can be necessary:

  • LNB power;
  • LNB type;
  • lower frequency limit;
  • upper frequency limit;
  • signal tone.

The screen of this setup part contains in addition to the setup tabs the control scales for the antenna signal adjustment.

One scale adjusts the signal level, the other scale adjusts the decoding quality.

Step #4 - search for channels

Going to this part of the setup is accompanied by an automatic search and detection of the broadcasting channels. The found broadcasts are lined up on the screen in two lists - TV channels and radio channels.

Then the \"Setup Wizard\" function is finished and the user is informed by a message. After confirming the message, the user can proceed to the TV broadcasting functions.

How to configure the satellite dish tuner yourself: instruction

The fourth setup screen is the one completing the basic setup cycle. By confirmation of the displayed message the user automatically saves all the settings carried out

In this way the tuning of the satellite TV tuner can be considered completed. All the following operations performed with the remote control are practically the same as those performed with a regular TV set.

Setting up the remote control after the basic settings

The control functions can vary slightly depending on the tuner model. But with every tuner there is always a user manual delivered with the product, where all the control functions are described one by one.

How to configure the satellite dish tuner yourself: instruction

The result of the successful tuning of the satellite TV tuner. Now dozens of channels of different topics are available to the user by means of the remote control

Digital tuners are quite functional. Therefore in addition to the standard functions to change channels there are many manipulations possible.

For example all the channels you can lock to a certain channel as you wish:

  • one column, two or three columns;
  • fast sorting;
  • favorite list selection, etc.

With the remote control it is possible to display a list of available languages and to set the desired language. It is also possible to choose between mono and stereo broadcasting or, if necessary, to connect a subtitle program.

The remote control generally supports the display of so-called \"info-banners\", which fulfil a kind of TV program.

Infobanner also shows the current date and time, the displayed channel, the TV program and other parameters of the information broadcast.

How to configure the satellite dish tuner yourself: instruction

The info banner provides the user with a comprehensive set of data including not only the TV programme but also technical information on the equipment

An even more \"advanced\" in this respect is the TeleGuide functionality where in addition to the current broadcast a number of other broadcasts are indicated which are programmed in the near field of time.

In short, the tuner control functions, even the \"cheapest\" one by the user's standards, are a very rich set of manipulations, which require a separate study.

We also suggest some interesting ideas to build and tune a TV antenna with the materials at hand.

Summary and useful video on the subject

The author of this video demonstrates the tuning of the tuner, which can be required in various cases of failure on a previously tuned receiver. These moments are not very often, but can be useful in the user's practice:

As the user manual above demonstrates it is quite possible to tune the TV reception from the satellite with the tuner yourself. Moreover this process is not at all complicated, as it may initially seem to an inexperienced user.

Every manufacturer bundles a manual with the package and calls this manual a user manual. So there is no need to order a tuning job from a master, when you can do it yourself.

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