Finally Receiving Content From Space

After overcoming the installation of the satellite dish and successfully locking it on IS-20, I am now receiving data from space (since June 13, 2016). In this update you will find what I did to finally receive data from space.

After posting my progress and challenges in the Outernet Forum and following the recommendations by Syed, the Founder and CEO of Outernet, I brought an unusual change to the settings of my Lighthouse receiver.

In a reply to my post in the forum, Syed said:

Were you able to confirm with the satellite meter or a set top box that you are definitely connected to IS20? I ask because I just checked out remote monitor in Malawi and we are definitely receiving files from IS20. That monitor is running the same version of the firmware as you have, so another possible explanation is that you may be pointed to the wrong satellite.

So I wondered and thought:

If I am pointing the wrong satellite, how come is the preset tuner recognizing the signal from IS-20?

Then I thought perhaps I should dig into the custom settings to make adjustments. There, I made the following changes:

  1. changed the delivery type from “DVB-S” to “DVB-S2” and
  2. the polarization from “vertical” to “horizontal”

Since then, content has been downloading – except when the weather is very bad with clouds, strong winds and rain.

The whole process requires patience and taking down notes of what you do to be able to return on your footsteps.

For comparison, below is a screenshot showing Lighthouse receiver is not downloading content. The software also says “NO SERVICE.”

Lighthouse receiver is not downloading content
Screenshot showing Lighthouse receiver is not downloading content

Thanks to Rachel, Syed and the entire Outernet team. Stay tuned to hear more from my experience as I test this IT solution.

Note: In my previous post on this topic, I mounted a 100cm dish and not a 90cm as mentioned. I wanted to buy a 90cm dish but only 100cm were available.

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