Recommended System Requirements

  • Satellite Dish&LNB
  • DVBS PC Card
  • CPU: 1 GHz and above.
  • Memory: 256 MB or above.
  • VGA card with at least 32 MB of Memory.
  • OS: Windows XP or Vista

 

Supported Devices

Many devices are supported and the list of supported devices is growing constantly:

  • Acorp TV878DS/DS110/DS120
  • ADS Tech Instant TV DVB-S (Part Number: PTV 341)
  • Aver DVB-S
  • Compro VideoMate DVB-S
  • DVBWorld USB2.0 DVB-S/DVBWorldDTV(PCI-Sat)
  • FireDTV, Floppy DTV
  • GeniaTech DigiStar DVB-S/S2 cards
  • Hauppauge Nova SE2/HD-S2/HVR3000/HVR4000...
  • Kworld DVB-S 100 compatible (Vstream, Dynavision..)
  • LifeView FlyDVB DVB-S/Trio/...
  • Netcast DVB
  • Nexus, Premium (SkyStar1 driver 2.x from TechnoTrend)
  • Pinnacle PCTV Sat/Pro/Dual...
  • Technisat SkyStar 2, SkyStar HD, SkyStar USB 2.0, SkyStar USB Plus(use TT-Connect 2400)
  • TechnoTrend TT1200/1401/2400/3200/3600/3650
  • TwinHan 1034/1041/... and compatible (VisionDTV, Power Color, Chaintech,...)
  • Other DVB-S Cards with BDA driver (With some cards problems are possible)

 

 

Installation

Download the latest version of FastSatfinder setup file and save this file to your hard disk. Double-click the Setup.exe program file to start the setup program. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation.


 

 

Configuration

To run FastSatfinder: Go to the Start menu, then All programs and select FastSatfinder. Open FastSatfinder (rightclick) or doubleclick on the FastSatfinder icon on your desktop. FastSatfinder will immediately be started after the program’s initialization and is ready to receive a signal from a chosen satellite. You should first verify that all parameters are preset correctly before you can start adjusting your antenna.

Select Device

When you run FastSatfinder for the very first time you must select your installed device from devices list (See: Supported Devices) in the FastSatfinder program. Click on the Device button. The Devices List window will appear.

Select DVB-S/DVB-S2 device

Select the type of card you have installed in your computer to work with FastSatfinder and click on the Start Button

 

 

Set DiSEqC

Click on the DiSEqC button to configure the DiSEqC switch parameters.

Satellite Finder DISEqC Options

In DiSEqC list, there are seven options: None, Simple A, Simple B, LNB1, LNB2, LNB3 and LNB4. If you only have one dish and LNB without a motor installed, you may choose None. If you are using DiSEqC Multiswitch you possibly have to change the presets to your own personal needs.

 

 

Select Satellite

Click on the Satellite Button. The Satellite list box appears. Select the satellite you want to search for.

Satellite Finder Select Satellite Options

The selected Satellite and other parameters are pre-selected each time by default when you load the program. You can also sort the information by clicking the tabs.

 

 

Select Transponder:

Every satellite has many transponders and you must select the transponder for the satellite where your dish is now directed to. Click on the Transponder Button and select the transponder in the Transponder list you want to check.

Satellite Finder Transponders Options

To obtain the best possible results, it is recommended that FastSatfinder users should download the most recent transponder files. You can download them here.

You can manually add a transponder to the list, but you will need to know the frequency, symbol rate, and polarity of the transponder that you want to add. To add a transponder, enter the parameters of the transponder and click on the Add Button under the Transponder list. Use the following format: 12245,V,27500 or 12245000,V,27500000.To delete a transponder that you are no longer using, highlight the transponder and click Delete under the Transponder list.

 

 

Control Panel

The Control Panel provides information about the current configuration and shows indicators of the signal that displays the current values of quality and level.

Satellite Finder Control Panel

On the Control Panel you will also find several buttons which can be used to control the sound parameters. There are seven sound modes that you can select by clicking the Sound Button:

FastSatfinder can report the values of a signal in nine different languages: English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese or Turkish simply by clicking on the flags from the country where each language is spoken.

Click on the L/Q button and the FastSatfinder program reports the level/quality of signal.

Double-click on the control panel to view the graph of signal in full-screen mode.

 

 

Advanced Modules

Determine the proper dish angles

To determine the proper dish angles and to direct the antenna at the desired satellite Click on the 'Dish Alignment' button. Now, the Dish Alignment window appears.

Satellite Finder Dish Alignment Module

This module calculates the angular difference between a magnetic bearing and a compass bearing, the LNB polarization tilt angle, the azimuth and elevation angle based on your city's latitude, longitude and current satellite position.

To determine your latitude and longitude please use one of the following:

 

 

Working Remotely with FastSatfinder

This module can be used to check the quality and/or the level of a signal on a Mobile Phone or another computer anywhere in the world. No additional software needs to be installed on the remote device (platform independent).

Satellite Finder Mobile Module

There are two ways to begin working remotely:

A. If you want see the quality and/or the level of a signal on a Mobile Phone or on another computer anywhere in the world.

Use your Notebook, PDA or Mobile Phone to control Satellite Finder remotely!

Before you begin, ensure that the computer which has FastSatfinder running has its own external (internet) IP address and if you use firewall software on this computer you should preset your firewall to open port 80 (HTTP).

B. If you want see the quality and/or the level of a signal on another computer on your local network.

Use your Notebook, PDA or MobilePhone to control FastSatfinder remotely!

If you use firewall software on computer with running FastSatfinder set your firewall to open port 80(HTTP).