A satellite finder is a specialized device that has a signal reader to point satellite dishes to the direction where there is good signal strength. In conjunction with satellite dishes, LNB’s or Low Noise Blocks also make use of satellite finders.
Satellite finders are of two major types:
- Analog satellite finders determine the strength of the signal that the satellite dish is receiving. It will then display on its screen the signal strength. An individual can use this device first by pointing the satellite dish to a location where he thinks the satellite is situated. He then has to read the analog satellite finder. If the device displays low signal strength, he can adjust the satellite dish to get better signal. Analog satellite finders are generally inexpensive as they have a compact set of features.
- Digital satellite finders are a more intricate type of device for locating high signal strength. These satellite finders have been pre-programmed with information regarding the exact locations of satellites. Through the digital satellite finder, a user not only can determine that he has found a satellite, but he can also know which satellite he has found. Digital satellite finders are more expensive than analog satellite finders mainly due to the information the former contains.
Certain satellite finders are now incorporated in a number of advanced devices. Newer models of mobile phones and other handheld pieces of hardware have satellite finders that enable users to find the best signal strength while on the move. There are also satellite finding software which users can install on their computers. These applications rely on information provided by telecommunications and broadcast networks.