This article is from the Digital Broadcast Satellites FAQ, by Brian Trosko firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Opinions vary. The installation is not actually all that
difficult, but it is technical in nature. A good litmus
test is your VCR clock; if it is still blinking "12:00...
12:00...12:00," then you should probably not attempt to install
your satellite system.
The basic overview of the installation is as follows:
- Cable must be run between the dish and the receiver.
Obviously the difficulty of this step depends upon the
desires of the individual.
- The dish must be properly aligned with the satellite,
which requires a compass. Sony DSS systems have an LED
on the dish which lights up to indicate proper alignment.
Other systems may have an audible tone to indicate alignment.
In either case, the on-screen signal strength meter should
be used to tweak alignment as perfectly as possible.
- The receiver hooks up to the television/home-theater
system in the same way that a VCR or laserdisc player does.
- The system should be grounded.