The 10 Best Satellite Finders

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This wiki has been updated 17 times since it was first published in November of 2018. Whether you need to readjust a system you have installed for your home or you're an RV-er looking for the strongest feed at your current parking spot, the satellite meters on our list will make your job much easier. There are models that excel at finding FTA signals as well as streams from DirecTV and Dish Network, and we've ranked them here by their features, ease of use, and reliability. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Birdog Ultra Signal Locator

2. GT Media V8

Editor's Notes

November 12, 2020:

Depending on where the dish in question is situated, you might find yourself drawn to one finder over another. For example, if you prefer the kind of throwback camping you can get in an old Airstream, a model with a big screen that can pull double duty as an entertainment source, like the Satlink WS-6980 High Definition, might be the way to go, especially if the room in that trailer is too limited to even allow for a capable kitchen television. These are often ultimately easier to use than models with simpler LCD screens like the Satlink WS-6933 Digital, if only because things like constellation diagrams and pictographic instructions can clarify things for new users.

There are far less expensive options out there as well, like the BrainyTrade EC9B-ABT1 Digital and the Skywalker Signature Series, both of which draw their power from the receiver itself, so there's no need to worry about batteries or external power sources. Of course, you might have a hard time nailing the strongest position, as the signal range these display is incrementally limited and can be difficult to dial in.

December 06, 2018:

Satlink seems to be one of the most consistent companies in the category, putting out really nice units with plenty of features. The Birdog ultra proved to be an especially smart option, though, even despite its lack of a screen for real time feedback.

Special Honors

Dish Aligner App This smartphone application may be good enough to provide you with all you'll need to setup your connection, as it features an enormous list of compatible satellites and a colorful intuitive interface. It's easy to calibrate, but if you're far enough removed from civilization that your phone can't reach a tower, it might prove difficult to use.

4. Kangput KPT-255H+TVI

8. BrainyTrade EC9B-ABT1 Digital

9. Winegard SF-1000

10. Skywalker Signature Series

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Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).

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