One of the most crucial parts of your satellite system for good TV reception is the DISH Network LNB installed with the satellite dish itself. An LNB, which stands for “low-noise block downconverter,” is responsible for receiving the television signal from the DISH Network satellites and converting it into a signal that can be transmitted via coaxial cable to the receivers.
“The LNB, should be considered the middleman between outer space and home entertainment. If it malfunctions, or if the home needs access to more receivers or a better satellite signal, an LNB replacement is the logical way to go”
Despite their rather technical usage, LNB products are generally quite affordable at all levels. The lowest-end DISH Network LNB receivers – such as the Dish Network Dish Pro Single LNB are pretty basic in terms of their functionality. The lower-end products leave behind many desirable features, and are typically referred to as “single” or “single-line” LNB’s. Lower-end LNB’s are usually only capable of providing a single satellite feed for just a single receiver. See Product Features…
While these products aren’t a good idea for homes with multiple receivers or a growing number of television sets, they’re perfect for smaller families and those with just one TV. They’re a quick, easy, and affordable fix in virtually every case.
Mid-Range Products begin to give the ability to supply multiple DISH Network Receivers. For this slighly higher price bracket an LNB like the DISH Network Dish Pro Plus Twin LNB can be obtained which has a dual signal output for use with existing satellite dishes, like the Dish 500 unit on satellites 110 and 119. See Product Features…
Unlike their lower-priced counterparts, dual LNB products are typically able to convert a signal for use on two satellite receivers using either one or two coaxial cables. One of the most notable features of these mid-range LNB products is that they actually feature two structures that look like satellite antennas rather than just one on lower-priced models.
This increased ability to receive and convert satellite signals is the key to powering multiple boxes in the home. It should be noted, however, that a higher-end DISH Network LNB sometimes requires a newer or more advanced satellite dish that can handle the increased signal for them to function properly.
Going High-End: While dual LNB’s were once considered the height of satellite television technology, they have increasingly been replaced by quad LNB setups that enable far more scope for powering multiple recievers.
These quad LNB systems – like the DISH Network Dish Pro Quad are typically only compatible with the broadcasters most up to date DISH Network dish systems. They have the ability to use just a single coaxial cable, combined with two or three LNB’s, to power anywhere between four and eight satellite receivers in the home. See Product Features…
Additionally, modern quad LNB products are easily able to receive a high definition signal from the company’s satellites, converting it to the highly efficient MPEG-4 format that is used more often by satellite companies.
This allows home entertainment enthusiasts to enjoy high definition broadcasts on a significant majority of their channels, while also distributing such high definition broadcasts to as many as eight separate televisions via eight satellite receivers. These LNBs typically increase in price based on their features and their ability to decode high definition programming options.
The easy affordability of a DISH Network LNB means that it’s easy for most subscribers to upgrade their satellite capabilities with relatively minimal investment of either time or money. Whether it’s for a repair, replacement, or an enhancement of existing services, finding the right LNB for DISH Network satellite dishes is highly affordable and highly recommended in most cases.