VSAT Satellite Dish Installation
VSAT satellite dishes can connect your business locations regardless of
VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) is a small fixed dish ranging from 1
to 1.8 meters in diameter and provides a link to a satellite-based communication
network. It represents a cost-effective solution for those who want a virtual
private network to connect a large number of geographically dispersed sites,
especially when local terrestrial infrastructure is unreliable.
Walgreens links more than 2,000 store locations throughout the
United States using VSAT satellite dishes. Walgreens' retail stores relay
communications via dedicated transmission links, enabling inventory tracking,
interoffice e-mail, point-of purchase transactions and other functions.
Satellite-based network solutions bypass terrestrial last mile gridlock,
providing each of your widespread offices - no matter where they're located,
with always-on, high-speed access to all of the bandwidth-intensive content
on your corporate intranet. Once you've created a virtual private network
you can leverage that infrastructure with a wide variety of services. VSAT
offers many advantages.
- Faster Installation - Satellite services are usually
activated more quickly than terrestrial fiber. An antenna, modem and satellite
circuit can take just a few weeks as opposed to the months often needed
for fiber installation. Additional capacity can be obtained just as quickly.
- Better Network Performance - Satellite connections enhance
performance by linking directly to an Internet backbone, bypassing congested
terrestrial lines and numerous router hops. Dedicated space segment, local
loop circuits and ports into a major Internet backbone mean ISPs do not
share infrastructure, another cause of slow or degraded connections over
- Lower Network Costs - Satellites allow simultaneous information
delivery to wide geographic areas without regard to terrestrial infrastructure
or geographic barriers. This results in a pricing structure that is distance
insensitive, keeping costs down for international communications.
AntennaPro makes VSAT dish installation quick and easy
VSAT dishes are considerably smaller than TVRO dishes and are generally mounted
on the roof, or if unavailable, mounted to the side of the building. Some
reinforcement may be necessary to keep the dish from vibrating in high winds,
which can degrade the signal. An external power supply is required.
- Dish Selection - Today's VSAT dishes provide a variety
of services. Most service providers will instruct you on which satellite
system to purchase. AntennaPro can help you choose your services and provide
you with the right equipment.
- Site Survey and Selection - Selecting a good site is
vital to the performance of a VSAT satellite dish. The site needs a good
line-of-site with the satellite that you are planning to use and it needs
to be free from terrestrial interference.
- Mounting the dish - Check the local zoning laws to see
if there are any regulations regarding land use. Are there any limits on
dish visibility from the street? Are you in a historic district or on landmark
VSAT dish installation generally goes on the roof. A roof mount is convenient
because it doesn't use any space and is generally out-of-the-way. If the
roof cannot support the dish a wall bracket can be installed to attach the
dish to the side of the building.
- Calibrate the Dish - Once the dish is installed in needs
to be focused properly. Calibration will insure strong reception.
- Cabling and equipment hookup - You need to run coax cable
from the satellite dish outside to the receiver inside. AntennaPro has the
experience you need when it comes to installing overhead aerial or underground
cable. Aerial cabling consists of outdoor rated cable designed to withstand
harsh environmental extremes such as temperature changes, and is attached
to new or existing telephone poles using galvanized pole attachment hardware.
Underground cable is also rated for extreme outdoor conditions and may be
buried directly or in some type of metal or polyethylene conduit. Paths
for routing underground cable may be bored using directional boring equipment
or the cable may be laid into trenches dug using a trench digger. Special
attention to small details in these kinds of installations makes the cable
less susceptible to being cut by future trade contractors or utility repair
Once inside, AntennaPro can drop the cable to any existing facilities. We
can then hook up the receiver and incorporate it into your existing video,
voice and data networks.