More and more people are switching to satellite TV as the ultimate solution to TV watching.  It contains more features and benefits when compared to broadcast or cable TV, and gives you clearer and sharper pictures.

If you’re planning to switch to satellite TV, and are thinking of setting one up by yourself, then you have to get to know satellite TV parts.  You can also have professional installers do this for you to make sure nothing gets messed up, and to save you from all the trouble.  Nevertheless, whether you plan to do it by yourself or get professionals to do so, being knowledgeable about the parts will help you understand satellite TV systems more and help you troubleshoot in case things go wrong.

Satellite Multi-Switch

A satellite multi switch is responsible for connecting the satellite dish antenna to your satellite receiver.  A four-way multi switch will allow you to upgrade our dual feed LNB to quad feed, and an eight-way multi switch can accommodate up to 8 receivers.  Remember that satellite multi switches do not function in single feed LNBs but instead in dual feed ones.


Another important component of satellite TV parts is the diplexer.  This is a device that has the ability to combine radio frequencies that are sent from several radio transmitters, to result into a single RF output.  It also works both ways, as it can break down a single RF input into more than one RF output.  In simpler terms, a diplexer is a combiner or splitter, depending on how it functions.

Usually, the diplexer is installed outside your home to better combine signals coming from your antenna and the satellite dish.  Once these signals are merged, they will then pass via the main coaxial cable in your satellite TV systems in your home.  Afterwards, it will be split and divided before it can enter your satellite receiver.  A second diplexer is responsible for such function.

Diplexers are considered to be economic satellite TV parts.  This is because it erases the need for having more wiring and consequently, more installation costs for materials and labor.

Optical Fiber Cable

This is one of the satellite TV parts, and it is actually a glass or plastic glass fiber being used to assist light as it goes through long distances.  This technology is commonly used in fiber optic communication such as in satellite TV systems.

Fiber optics allow for faster transmission of data at longer distances, unlike other forms of wired and even wireless communications.  Also, since fiber optic cables better prevent data loss and are not susceptible to electromagnetic inference, they are being used instead of metal wires.

Installation accessories are also components of satellite TV parts.  This includes grounding wire, satellite and cable TV signal amps, vinyl siding clip, cable clips, single and dual grounding block, as well as optic fiber cable, cable ties, dish cover, tripod, and many more.

These are some satellite TV parts to familiarize yourself with in order for you to better understand the concept behind satellite TV.  Never try to install these by yourself as it’s always best to leave it to the experts.