What are the weather conditions in your area?
- If you are experiencing signal loss on all receivers, it is very likely that the weather is to blame. If the problem persists after weather conditions have improved, please contact our call center at 1-888-554-7827.
- If you are experiencing signal loss on only one receiver, the weather is not likely responsible. Try swapping the location of the receiver to see whether the issue follows the receiver or if it's the line that may be faulty.
Is there snow on the dish?
Snow accumulation on the surface of the dish, arm, or LNB can cause signal strengths to drop. If you are able to do so safely, GENTLY brush the snow off the dish. If you are not able to do so safely and without damaging your equipment, please contact our call center at 1-888-554-7827 to arrange for a service call.
Are you using a joiner?
Joiners used with our system need to be high power passing, with a maximum frequency range of 2100 MHz or higher to work. Joiners also may occasionally burn out, requiring replacement. Some surge protectors come with coaxial ports which will cause problems when used with satellite. Try hooking up the receiver to a segment of cable before the joiner to see if the joiner is the cause of the signal dropout.
Are you using a splitter?
Apart from a few rare situations involving special equipment, splitters will cause signal dropouts on what will seem like random channels. Generally, if a splitter is suited to a situation, our installers will let you know. If you require more lines than your dish currently has capacity for, please call us to discuss possible solutions.
Are you using RG6 cable?
Inspect the coaxial line for an RG specification written on the side. Shaw Direct requires an RG rating of RG6 or higher to work. RG59 cables will tend to work for a short time on some Shaw channels before burning out.
Is there something obstructing the dish?
Our satellite requires a clear line of sight. Depending on where your dish has been installed, you may experience loss of signal due to obstruction by a tree, new construction, or simply a movement of the dish itself.
Are you using an electronic product that maybe causing interference with your Shaw Direct system?
Shaw Direct equipment has been known to be susceptible to interference from the following products:
- CB radio
- Radar detectors
- Furbies, walkie-talkies, and other electronic children's toys
- Wireless RF headphones
- Baby monitors
Could there be any external interference?
If the satellite dish is located near power lines, this may cause interference. Cell phone towers, power transformers, and radar detectors have also been known to cause interference with some frequency ranges.
Is the dish visibly damaged?
If so, please contact us to book a service call to have it replaced.