This post was most recently updated on March 31st, 2018
It happens very often that you buy a cheap receiver without a manual or that you simply lost the one that was attached. Unfortunately, now you don‘t know how to operate your receiver/decoder. Basic satellite receivers manual is important especially for newbies on how to find out how to look for new programs, sort or delete them, installation and so on.
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Basic satellite receivers manual
This article will try to help you find and use the basic functions of your receiver. After that, you will be able to even use the more specific feature, by simple “trial and error”.
Satellite receivers are designed for television signal reception, which means that they have to be connected to a TV set, which they can use as OSD (on-screen display). As a matter of fact, the front sides are mainly very poorly equipped and just contain a few buttons and a segment display. Also, only very few receivers can show channel names and other information via an alphanumeric display, sometimes a display is missing altogether. So, you will have to turn on your TV for most receivers to know which channel you are currently listening to.
The front sides are mainly very poorly equipped
Some receivers offer a few buttons to operate the unit without a remote control. However, these buttons are just duplicates of the ones available on the remote. Although with one exception. Some of them contain a menu and the power on/off button.
The other buttons are normally just for “channel up/down” and maybe sometimes volume up/down. If a special button to enter the main menu is available, it‘s in most cases not very useful, because there are no numeric keys available on the receiver’s front and so you can‘t use most of the menu entries at all.
All available connectors are on the back side
Luckily, there‘s one point, where all receivers are similar. They offer the available connectors (which are also standardized) on the back side. Normally, the receiver is even ready for use if there are just the signal input and the video output connected.
– The antenna/Dish cable has to be connected to the signal input. This normally carries the IF Input or LNB-IN labels.
– You connect your TV via the Scart plug, HDMI or AV/RCA/Components cables.
– Some receivers also offer an RF output in the UHF range
– The audio signal e.g. for radio output can be taken from the white and red RCA plug (Stereo)
– You can connect your PC via the 9 pin RS232 connector
– Sometimes a menu and a power switch are also available.
Basic satellite receivers manual: Connect your TV via the available output
As soon as the receiver is connected via the IF input with your antenna and via the Scart output with your TV. You can turn it on and you should immediately see some pictures.If you use an older TV set which has no Scart or video input, you have to connect it via your receiver‘s RF output.
The Scart and video input should always offer a picture. If you are very lucky that your receiver was pre-programmed with a channel list and you can immediately start watching. However, if there‘s just some strange message on the TV, don‘t panic, some receivers need a few seconds before they show the first channel.
In general, we recommend that you perform a completely new system setup. This helps you to set up the receiver correctly and get all the newly available channels. But please be aware that you need your original remote control to use all the special features of your device.
To open the main menu, try to find the menu button on your remote. Sometimes the main menu also pops up if you press the OK button. The installation procedure is basically the same with all receivers. Although the necessary menu entries are sometimes labelled in a different way.
Basic satellite receivers initial setup entries
1. Search (adjust satellites, select/ enter transponders, channel search)
2. Edit (antenna, transponders , group/sort/delete programs)
3. Basic settings (language, video output, time setup, PIN)
4. Information (status, factory reset, software upgrade, games)
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