In this post, we’ll explain how to install Bell satellite dish 91 and 82 in detail and even if you have never installed a dish before, you have a 100% chance to succeed!
To install Bell satellite dishes 91 and 82, you’ll need to understand the angle you need to point the dish toward the sky, depending on the area you live in. Next, you’ll need to install the mast, set up a definition, and optimize the signal.
Even if it sounds simple, we highly recommend reading the entire post because there are a lot of things you need to know down the road!
How To Install Bell Satellite Dish 91 And 82 In A Few Easy Steps?
Before we begin, note that if you have already pointed your dish at 91, there won’t be any need in pointing it towards 82 satellites.
This is because the Bell dish is already designed to pick up the lower 82 satellites.
Having that said, here is the easiest way to install your satellite dish for 91 and 82.
If you still haven’t installed the mast, this should be the first thing you have to do.
Otherwise, your dish will be unable to rotate and perform any movements, therefore you won’t be able to point the dish.
Once you have installed the mast, make sure your dish can make any movements and proceed with the next step.
Once your dish is rotatable, the next step is to elevate the dish to the correct angle.
Depending on the location you’re living in, the dish should be pointed towards a different sky angle.
Here is the direction angle for different areas in Canada:
- Toronto: 32.4°
- Windsor: 35.3°
- Vancouver: 31.5
- Montreal: 28.0
- Whitehorse: 17.4
- St John’s: 11.6
Note: If you cannot find your local area, simply check which in the list is closest to you.
If you’ve executed the steps correctly till this very moment, then this means half of your job in pointing the dish is done.
We assume that most of you will be using a cable box receiver for your dish, so we recommend using a standard definition (4100, 3100 etc.)
Why not just use the High definition (HD) you may ask? The reason is that standard receivers can perform and process the signal much faster while under the standard definition.
The next step is to ensure the connection of the receiver with the LNB is direct and no extenders or switches are used.
Any potential splitters can harm the signal and eventually disrupt the connection with the dish.
Once the connection with the LNB is secure, it is now time to start adjusting the satellite dish towards 91 and 82. In that regard, you must first set up the satellite on your TV.
Therefore, set the satellite to 91 or 82 and the transponder to 1. In case you don’t know how to do this, press the menu button on your remote control and then press 6,1,1 in consecutive order.
Having the satellite on your TV setup, you are now ready to point at the dish. You can do this in two ways, either have someone watch the TV for you while you’re adjusting the dish or listen to the sound the signal makes.
Tip: While pointing the dish, turn up the volume of your TV and listen to the sounds your TV makes.
If the receiver picks up a signal, the sound of your TV will change, resulting in successful satellite connections.
Proceed to move the dish sideways at a slow pace. Each time you move the dish sideways, do not overextend 1 centimeter and wait for a couple of seconds.
Here is where the standard definition we’ve set up earlier comes in handy because the wait time between the movements will be reduced greatly.
Once you’ve picked up a signal with your dish, try optimizing it by performing very slow movements of the dish. Once the buffering sound ends and the signal sounds crystal clear, stop touching your dish and leave it as it is.
Tip: Make sure to stabilize the dish position so it won't be compromised by wind, rain and bad weather in general.
Now that you know how to install Bell satellite dish 91 and 82, if you didn’t manage to pick up any signal, you most likely didn’t point it towards the correct area.
If there is no signal still, go back to step #1 and step #2 and ensure you’ve completed them correctly.
You must take into consideration the area of Canada you live in because if you don’t point the Bell dish in the right direction, you won’t get any signal no matter how hard you try.
Here are some recommendations to try if your receiver and dish didn’t pick up any signal.
1. Power Cycle Receiver
It is most likely that your receiver has bugged. To power cycle the dish, you must power it off, unplug the power adapter and wait for several minutes for the electricity to drain.
Next, plug the power adapter and test.
2. Check Cable Connections
Ensure all cable connections throughout your configuration are plugged in tightly and no adapter has gone faulty.
3. Check Power Source
Ensure both your TV and power source have a reliable power source because sometimes there could be fluctuations causing your receiver to not detect the dish’s signal.
4. Wait On Bad Weather
Lastly, if there are any rain or thunderstorms, make sure to wait on them and try to detect the signal afterward. Bad weather can often disrupt the signal your dish is receiving.
If you’ve done everything right, but you are not able to establish a reliable signal, the last option you’ve got would be to contact Bell support and ask for help.
Before that, we recommend checking if you’ve done the first few steps right because they are the most important!
To point your dish, install the mast and rotate the Dish towards the correct degrees for your area. Setup the TV’s definition and configure the satellite and transponder of the TV, point the dish to pick up the signal and optimize the signal.
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Now that you know how to install Bell satellite dish 91 and 82 the only problems you can stumble upon are the no-signal massages.
If our tips didn’t help, then you definitely need to check our blog for a complete guide on how to solve no-signal issues.
If this post was helpful we highly recommend saving our blog for any potential issues you might experience in the future!
Finn Wheatley holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from UCL, London. He helped small data science consultancy firms, helping large corporations to grow their data capabilities, deploy advanced machine learning-based analytics and troubleshoot tech-related issues.