Are strength bars accurate in "Signal test"?


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Are the bars representing strengh and quality or signal fairly accurate.
If the signal strengh bar is only two notches from the left (ie V weak) but quality v high is this OK?



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If you get bad weather then you may llose the signal.
They are an indication only but still useful.
They are NOT accurately calibrated and readings would vary between boxes of the same make and model. They are an indicator intended for optimising dish alignment by maximising the readings. The metering is added to receivers for a pound or two (and have a similar accuracy to the simple satfinder/meters sold in DIY shops, Maplins and Ebay) - accurate calibrated meters usually cost approaching three figures


All that matters is whether or not you consistently receive all the channels.
If you do then the system is OK, if you don't then it's not.


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The metering doesn't cost anything - it is built into the tuner circuitry and the rest is software.

Tight Git

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All that matters is whether or not you consistently receive all the channels.
If you do then the system is OK, if you don't then it's not.
Absolutely correct as far as it goes but, unless you're installing the dish in a torrential downpour (unlikely), the indications are useful to see if there's likely trouble ahead!

I believe installers aim ;) for at least 60% signal, to allow for rain fade, although I've got 100% and still lose the signal very occasionally.


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It's also worth noting that the signal strength indicators relate to the default transponder, but you can actually manual tune to a different transponder, at which point the signal strength indicators relate to the transponder you have tuned to.

It is entirely possbile for the default (transponder) signal strength indicators to appear fine but still lose channels on different transponders under certain weather conditions/time of day.

Edit: Regarding manual tune, I should say that it certainly was possible to do that and as far as I know it still is possible, but I've haven't tried since my Thompson HD box days.
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The last two transponders you have been tuned to affect the signal strength. In general, the higher frequency transponders have lower signal quality as the signal is more likely to break up.

As said earlier in thread, as long as your signal is 60%, ie at the "OK" on the bar then you are just that OK. This will allow for some signal loss due to inclemental weather. I have seen signal quality fall to 20% and still get a perfect picture. Though that 20% was an indication of a failing LNB.

The length of cable, quality of LNB, alignment of dish can all affect the signal quality as well.

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