To successfully connect your Explora decoder, you will need to have an 80cm satellite dish, a Smart LNB, RG6 coaxial cable, and a signal finder machine. The availability of all features of your Explora decoder depends on the quality of the installation.
If you have a smart LNB, the installation is quite straight forward. However, if you have a twin LNB or you stay in a complex that has a communal dish then you will need a Multiswitch to connect your Explora. Information on how to connect a Multiswitch id given at the end of the post. If you need help with connecting your Explora, contact our approved DStv installers.
Connecting your Explora decoder using a Smart LNB in 2019
- Correctly align the satellite dish
Make you sure you mount the satellite dish at a place that does not have obstructions which can disturb the signal. These means do not mount your dish where there are trees and tall buildings which can reduce your DStv signal strength.
- Use the Smart LNB Unicable port to connect the RG6 Cable
On the smart LNB, connect the RG6 cable on the Unicable port using an F-connector. Remember, the two wires on the F-connector should never come into contact. Otherwise, your decoder will not get any signal.
- Connect the RG6 cable to your decoder
At the back of your decoder, use the “Unicable in” port to connect the RG6 cable from the dish.
- Run the installation wizard
Once the Explora has been correctly connected to the satellite dish, you run the installation wizard. You should wait for the three tuners to show blue bars of the signal before you initiate the scan.
- Contact Multichoice to activate the decoder
If the decoder finishes the scanning step, you can proceed to call Multichoice agents so that they activate your decoder. Make sure channel 100 is playing. This shows you that the installation has been done correctly.
How to connect two DStv Explora decoders with extra view
Use a Smart LNB to connect two DStv Explora decoders on Extra View. If you have no intention of connecting extra TV points using RF then the connection is straightforward. Simply run two RG6 cables directly from the Explora decoders to the Unicable ports on the Smart LNB. Then on the settings, use the quick setup to select the decoder numbers and run the scan process. If the two Explora decoders are using the same settings then you will experience signal problems.
How to connect an Explora without a Smart LNB
If you do not have a smart LNB, you can use a twin LNB and a Multiswitch to connect your Explora decoder. This is usually the case if you are staying in an apartment that uses a communal dish. But, this type of installation requires a lot of cabling since you will have to run two cables from the dish to the switch. The two cables coming from the dish should be connected to the ISO-20 inputs on the switch. You can then use the Unicable output to connect your Explora.
Still Experiencing Issues?
If your decoder does not scan then it means it is not receiving any DStv signal. Read this article to find out why your DStv Explora decoder does not have a signal. If all fails, maybe it is now time to find an accredited DStv installer to help you out.