Home Satellite Receivers with Internet
Many receivers access programming schedules via an internet connection. Over time, these home satellite receivers will require updates. The receiver must be connected to an internet source to receive the updates. Because of this, it is essential that you purchase an HD digital satellite receiver that is adaptable to your high-speed home Internet connection.
Finding the right combination of equipment to suit your needs may seem daunting, especially due to the various providers available including Dish network, Direct TV, Freesat, RVDataSat, and many more.
What are the different types of receivers available?
Top boxes are divided into several different types.
- Free receivers - This refers to the tuner digital decoders that pick up free TV channels and radio stations available for everyone. However, they lack the capabilities of picking up encrypted channels that require a special subscription.
- Encrypted receivers - These models are designed to pick up signals of encrypted channels that require a user to pay a subscription fee to watch certain shows.
- Personal video recorder (PVR) - This satellite set-top-box specializes in not only showing channels but also recording and using the time machine feature to enable a user to pause a show and resume hours afterwards.
- High definition decoder - Full HD satellite receiver is capable of picking up and displaying HD channels. Keep in mind that you will need HD TVs for viewing and connect your HDMI cable to your TV set.
Why should I connect my HD satellite receiver to the internet?
Most set-top boxes and HD digital satellite TV sets on the current market come inclusive of a standard internet connector. There is a wide range of new services available to connected-TV sets and top-boxes such as:
- On-demand TV shows from providers
- Watch catch-up TV services such as BBC iPlayer, Demand 5, DVB-S2, Channel 4, etc.
- Watch full HD TV content from your wireless laptop or computers on your home network
- Movie services such as Hulu, Netflix, Now TV, etc
- Watch internet-only channels on your television
How do I connect my satellite receiver to the Internet?
Connecting your satellite receiver to the Internet is pretty straightforward. You can opt to use your home Wi-Fi, USB Wi-Fi, HDMI, or use a USB Wi-Fi dongle (also known as a modem) for connectivity.
- Step 1: Plug the Ethernet cable into one of the "out" ports on your high-speed decoder
- Step 2: Attach the free end of the cable into the Ethernet port. The port is located on the back side of your satellite receiver.
- Step 3: Power on your high-speed decoder/ modem, your television, and the satellite receiver.
- Step 4: On your satellites remote control, press the "Menu" button then select the "Setup" option. Select "System Setup", "Network Setup", and finally "Connect Now".
- Step 5: The receiver will scan for any available internet connections. All you need to do is click "Ok" or "Done" once receiver detects an internet connection.
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