Advice on Selecting the Best Satellite Antenna

Satellite antennas are designed to receive data transmissions and data broadcasts from communications satellites. They can transmit and receive radio, television and internet signals. If you are thinking of purchasing a satellite antenna for your home, there are a number of factors you need to consider. Below we will identify some of the key factors to help you decide on the best satellite antennas for your home.

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Satellite antennas come in a wide range of sizes. If you opt for larger antenna, it will need to be installed outside on your rooftop.

Free or subscription

If you are buying a satellite antenna to increase the number of television channels you have access to, you will need to decide whether you opt for a free or subscription service. All antennas can pick up ‘free view’ channels, however the number of channels available is limited. If you are willing to subscribe to a satellite TV service you will have access to many more channels. The broadcast signals picked up by your satellite antenna will be encoded and will require a special receiver to decode them.

Signal type

Antennas can receive two different types of local signals. The first type is Very High Frequency signals. VHF antennas provide the best reception, whereas the second type, Ultra High Frequency antennas are more likely to suffer from environmental interference. The main difference between the two different frequency types is the size of antennas required to receive them. Very high frequencies are lower, so their waves are longer and require a larger antenna to receive them, which will usually need to be installed outside.

Indoors or outdoors

Satellite antennas can either be mounted indoors or outdoors. They come in a number of different sizes. The smallest satellite antennas or ideal for installing indoors. You simply connect them directly to you’re your television. Large satellite antennas are often installed on the roof of people’s houses. Nearly all outdoor satellite antennas perform better than indoor antennas. The problem with indoor antennas is that they have a height disadvantage and are often affected by the walls of a house and people moving inside the house.

Directional or omnidirectional antennas

Something you will also need to consider when choosing a satellite antenna is whether you want it to be directional or omnidirectional. Directional antennas are set up to point in a specific direction where they are able to pick up long distance signals. Omnidirectional antennas can receive signals from any direction, making them more expensive to buy. When deciding on the best satellite antennas for your home, you will need to weigh the efficiency of both types of antennas against their prices.

Set a budget

Before beginning your search to find the best satellite antennas for your home, we highly recommend setting yourself a strict budget. Deciding how much you are willing to spend on a satellite antenna will narrow down your choice and make it easier for you to see what is available to you within your price range.

Indoor satellites

Indoor satellites are pretty straightforward to install. They usually sit on top of your television set.

DIY or professional installation

Something you will also have to consider is whether you intend on installing your satellite antenna yourself or whether you will be hiring professionals to do it for you. If you plan on doing a DIY job to save money, it is likely that you will have to choose an indoor satellite antenna, as they are the easiest to install. If you want an outdoor satellite antenna, it is best to contact a professional satellite installation company and get them to do it for you. By having professionals carry out the work, you can have the peace of mind that your satellite antenna has been installed properly and that it is working most efficiently.

Conclusion

As with any purchasing decision, there are a number of factors you need to consider before settling on a specific satellite antenna for your home. If you require any more information about the various different satellite antennas available and their functionalities, feel free to get in touch.

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