This post was most recently updated on March 31st, 2018
Basic receivers setup
First of all, you should setup the OSD language to English. This helps you to find the correct buttons on the remote control unit. Furthermore, you can prevent some confusion, because it happens very often that translated menu entries contain strange and misunderstood text. Also, the manuals contain sometimes lots of translation errors. These can make it quite difficult for the beginner to understand their meaning.
After setting up the OSD language, some other basic settings like time setup or video output have to be adjusted. Some receivers prompt you to enter a pin code to access these menus, which is normally 0000 or 1234.
Also, you may need to do some cleaning up If you bought a used receiver. With a used receiver, there might be hundreds of old channels. Besides, even a new receiver might contain some over aged data. In this case, it‘s very useful to perform a complete factory reset.
The important factory reset is normally available in every receiver
The factory reset can be found on nearly every receiver and normally it does only reset channel data and some user settings. Transponder and satellite data will not be deleted because the receiver would be useless without them.
However, considering that the receiver was manufactured a few months or even a few years ago, these transponder data might not be very up to date and you will probably have to add new transponders, which can be found on flysat.com, lyngysat.com and the likes.
Enable the „FTA only“ option during channel search
If you own an FTA only receiver which has no CA slots or card readers, it‘s very useful to reduce the channel search to free programs only. Normally this can be done in the search menu by selecting the option “FTA only“. This helps you to keep control of your channel list and if you scan a few different satellites. If you don’t select this option, you might fill up the receivers channel memory with hundreds of unwanted and encrypted channels and loose space for other free to air programs. This is because most receivers have a channel memory of 3000 TV and 1000 radio channels.
Update your receiver via PC and the Internet
It‘s much more comfortable to set up the receivers channel list on the PC than on the unit itself. Just connect your receiver and the PC via an RS232 cable (crossover cable) and use a PC program like SetEdit or some other program offered by the manufacturer to do the job. Sometimes these programs are capable of directly importing new channel lists from e.g. SatcoDX.
Nearly every manufacturer offers a homepage on the internet and normally they are really worth a click. If you can‘t find the one of your receiver’s manufacturer, try Google or Wikipedia. But normally you‘ll find the correct site by entering the manufacturer’s name with .com or with the local country extension.
Be careful when upgrading the receiver’s software
Finally, I have a very important warning for you. Manufacturers offer from time to time new software updates to fix new bugs or to enhance the receiver’s functionality. If you are lucky, your receiver can update its software automatically via satellite or via a USB drive. However, most of the older models don‘t offer that option. You have to visit the manufacturer’s website and download the software. Then install it to your receiver via the RS232 connector and your PC or via a USB drive. In this case, please read all the information provided by the manufacturer on the website and check if you are really using the compatile software for your receiver.If you install the wrong software, your receiver might become damaged