How To Connect Explora Decoder to the satellite

Connecting your Explora decoder to the satellite dish is quite straightforward if you are technical. If you connect your DStv Explora correctly then you can enjoy full HD channels plus services like ShowMax, CatchUp, Netflix, and BoxOffice that come with the decoder.

But if you want to enjoy the full benefits of the Explora, you need to know how to connect your decoder to the satellite. This article will guide you on how to connect your Explora decoder.

How to connect Explora Decoder
DStv Explora Decoder

Equipment needed

In order to successfully connect your Explora decoder, you will need to have the following tools and accessories:

  • An 80cm satellite dish
  • A smart LNB
  • RG6 coaxial cable
  • A signal finder machine
  • A DStv Multiswitch if you are using a twin LNB or you are using a communal dish.

Please note that the quality of the installation will determine the functionality of your Explora decoder. Also, if you are using a smart LNB, the installation is quite straight forward.

Use a Multiswitch to connect your Explora if you are using a twin LNB or staying in a complex that has a communal dish. I will explain how to use a Multiswitch at the end of this post. If you need technical help, contact our accredited DStv technician for assistance.

Connecting Explora Decoder using a Smart LNB

  1. Mount and correctly align the satellite dish
    Make sure you mount the satellite dish at a place that is free from obstructions that block the DStv signal. These means do not mount your dish where there are trees and tall buildings which can reduce your DStv signal strength.
  2. Connect the RG6 cable to the unicable port on the Smart LNB
    On the smart LNB, connect the RG6 cable on the Unicable port using an F-connector. Also, the two wires on the F-connector should never come into contact. Otherwise, your decoder will not get any signal.
  3. Connect the RG6 cable to your decoder
    At the back of your decoder, there is a port written: “Unicable in”. Use that port to connect the RG6 cable from the dish.
  4. Run the installation wizard
    Once you have connected the Explora decoder correctly to the satellite dish, run the installation wizard. Follow the steps in the wizard and make sure to use Quick Setup. You should wait for the three tuners to show blue bars of the signal before you initiate the scan.
  5. 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 Out ports 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.

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