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How to Connect and Use the DAPT2 Signal Meter with the HughesNet HT Series Systems such as the HT2000w, HT2000, HT2010W and HT2010 Satellite Modems/Routers

The DAPT2 is a two-way digital satellite equipment control (DiSEqC) tool. It has a large backlit display and three buttons that enable the installer to step through the antenna pointing procedure. The DAPT2 is orange in color and it has a built-in audio feature to enhance the pointing process.

DAPT2 Signal Meter by HughesNet Displays the current and maximum signal strengths out at your Satellite Dish!

The three buttons on the DAPT2 can serve different purposes during different phases of the pointing process. In most cases, however, they function as follows:

  • Back (button 1) – Used to return to a previous state
  • Toggle (button 2) – Used to change audio level and contrast
  • Advance (button 3) – Used to begin a process, proceed to the next state, or respond Yes to a prompt on the DAPT2 display.

First, make sure your HughesNet Satellite Modem/Router is not plugged in and powered up!

Use a short piece of cable from the antenna to your DAPT2 Meter.

Connect it to the meter as show in this image below:

How to Connect the DAPT Meter for a HughesNet Satellite Dish Pointing

Power up your HughesNet modem/router and enter the installation phase.

When you see the signals being displayed on the computer screen, the DAPT2 is able to display those signals out at the antenna as well.

At first, you will see the IFL voltage on the DAPT2 similar to this:

HughesNet DAPT2 Signal Meter IFL Voltage Display Screen

When you press Advance (button 3), the DAPT2 briefly displays the current software version, as shown below:

After a few seconds, the following message appears briefly while the measured IFL voltage is transferred to the satellite modem:

HughesNet DAPT2 Signal Meters - Software Version Display Screen
HughesNet DAPT2 Signal Meters - Comm Start-up Display Screen

After a few seconds, the following message appears on the DAPT2 screen:

HughesNet DAPT2 Signal Meters - Logging Done Display Screen

Press Advance (button 3), the DAPT2 will then display the signal strengths to you and start beeping at you as well:

HughesNet DAPT2 Signal Meters - Signal Meters Display Screen

You will see two signal strengths. 

The signal shown on the left is the maximum signal strength that the modem has seen during THIS pointing process.

The signal strength on the right shows the current signal strength.

32 and Anything Below Means Nothing!

The idea is to move the dish azimuth and elevation until you get a signal strength over 32.

29 means you found a satellite, but probably not the right satellite or it could mean that you are using the wrong parameters or have the polarity set wrong for you location.

Even if you signal seems to be stuck on or below 29, I assure you that as soon as you hit the right satellite with the correct parameters, it will jump over 29.

Once you find a signal over 32, lock the dish bolts down to the mast and use the fine-adjustment process from there!

Even if you signal seems to be stuck on or below 29, I assure you that as soon as you hit the right satellite with the correct parameters, it will jump over 29.

Check the Signal on the Left

You can check out the signal strength on the left to see if you have achieved the highest signal strength that your system has noticed during this pointing process.

For instance, if you see a 108 on the left but only a 103 on the right, you already know the system received a 108 signal at some point, so you still have some work to do.

Get it as High as you can!

You will want/need to get the signal absolutely as high as you can get it in order to have fast, reliable service.  In your area, that might only be an 82 or it could be 130, just spend some time to get it as high as you can.

Got it?

This screen usually means that you walked in front of the antenna or that the signal is blocked somehow.

Do not block the front of the feed horn for longer than 10 seconds. If the beacon signal is lost for more than 10 seconds, the satellite modem will most likely revert to pointing mode and you will have to start the pointing process over.

HughesNet DAPT2 Signal Meters - Beacon Lost Display Screen

Press Advance (3) for Yes or Toggle (2) to return to Pointing Validation mode. If you press Advance (3), the DAPT2 prompts you for confirmation that you want to save the results, with the message:

HughesNet DAPT2 Signal Meters - Store and Advance Screen

Do not disconnect the DAPT2 until instructed to do so. Disconnecting the DAPT2 prematurely could cause a loss of all stores data, invalidating the entire pointing process. It could also cause the satellite modem to crash.

HughesNet DAPT2 Signal Meters - Store and Advance Screen

Press Advance (3) to save the pointing validation results, or Back (1) to return to the previous state.

HughesNet DAPT2 Signal Meters - Pointing Exit Display Screen

If you press Toggle (2), the DAPT2 display reads:

HughesNet DAPT2 Signal Meters - Pointing Done Display Screen

This indicates that you have completed the pointing process successfully. The DAPT2 displays this message for approximately 10 seconds and then displays the IFL voltage to indicate that the pointing process has finished.

When the IFL voltage appears, disconnect the DAPT2 and reconnect the IFL cable directly to the radio.

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