skip to content skip to account links skip to store category links skip to store information links skip to store policy links

 
Accessories
XM Outdoor Home Antenna Installation Guide
Printable VersionPDF Printable Version
Step 1: Mount the Antenna
If you are using one of the Home Signal Distribution Kits, follow the kit-specific additional installation instructions included with the kit.
Choose a mounting location for the antenna that has the best possibility of receiving the signal from the SiriusXM satellite in the south sky. There should be no obstructions such as bushes, trees, other homes or buildings, overhangs, soffits, chimneys, gables, dormers, etc, blocking the antenna's view of the south sky.
An ideal mounting location would be one which has a clear view of the sky in all directions (A). If that is not possible, then you'll need a location with a clear view of the south sky (B).

If you look closely at illustration B, you can see that the antenna does not have a clear view of the sky in all directions due to trees. However, it does have a clear view of the sky toward the south, in the direction of the satellite. Your antenna will also need to have a clear view of the sky in the south direction. Not sure which way is south? Think about where the sun rises (in the east) and sets (in the west). Then stand so that east is to your left and you'll be facing south.
Mount the Outdoor Home Antenna on a wall, or on the roof of the house, or on a pole or satellite dish mast.

Wall Mounting: Use the provided screws to mount the base of the antenna to a wall on your home.


Roof Mounting:Use the provided screws to mount the base of the antenna to your home's roof (on a soffit).

Note: If you decide to choose this option, DO NOT mount the antenna such that it requires you to drill mounting holes through the shingles of your roof. Mount the antenna on an eve or soffit of the roof.

Pole Mounting: Use the provided U-bolt hardware to mount the base of the antenna to a pole or satellite antenna mast.
Note: When mounting the Outdoor Home Antenna to a satellite TV antenna mast be sure that the satellite TV antenna does not obstruct the Outdoor Home Antenna's view of the south sky.


Step 2: Adjust the Antenna
Adjust the antenna's pod (where the SiriusXM logo appears) so it is level and horizontal relative to the sky. The antenna has two adjustments to accomplish this:
  • Tilting the angle of the pod itself (1)
  • Adjusting the pod support arm (2)



Step 3: Connect the Antenna to Your SiriusXM Radio or Home Dock
Follow the one of the two methods described below to connect the antenna to your Radio or Home Dock depending on the type of Outdoor Home Antenna you are using:
Method 1: Connecting the Standalone Outdoor Home Antenna to your Radio or Home Dock:
Once you have determined a possible mounting location for the antenna, before permanently installing it at that place, you need to test whether you are receiving a good signal. Keeping the antenna orientation as intended, you will first temporarily install the provided cable between the antenna and your Radio or Home Dock. Connect the included antenna cable to the antenna pod and slide the rubber boot over the connection to weatherproof it.
Note: The cable included with the antenna has two different connectors. The larger connector fits the connector on the antenna while the smaller connector fits your Radio or Home Dock.

Route the antenna cable to your Radio or Home Dock and connect it to the ANT connection on the Radio or dock. Continue with Step 4.


Method 2: Connecting the Outdoor Home Antenna that comes with the Home Signal Distribution Kits to your Radio or Home Dock:
Note: Please review and follow the installation instructions included with the Home Signal Distribution Kit you purchased before connecting it to your Radio or Home Dock. The instructions will contain information about the RG-6 cables you may need to purchase to complete the installation.
Once you have determined a possible mounting location for the antenna, before permanently installing it at that place, you need to test whether you are receiving a good signal. Keeping the antenna orientation as intended, you will first temporarily install a short length of RG-6 cable (less than 50 feet long) between the antenna and your Radio or Home Dock. Using one of the RG-6 cables that you purchased, one which is less than 50 feet long, connect the cable to the antenna pod and slide the rubber boot over the connection to weatherproof it.

Route the cable to your Radio or Home Dock and connect it to the Adapter Cable. Connect the Adapter Cable to the ANT connection on your Radio or Home Dock.


Step 4: Verify Signal Reception
Turn your Radio ON and access the Signal Indicator (or Antenna Aiming) screen. (Consult your Radio's User Guide for instructions on accessing the screen.)

The Signal Indicator screen shows the strength of both the satellite (SAT) signal and the terrestrial (ground) signal (if available).
Note: If reception is weak, review the mounting location to be sure that the antenna pod has an unobstructed view of the south sky, and review the position of the antenna pod to be sure that it is horizontal relative to the sky.
Once you have verified that the antenna is positioned correctly and receiving a good signal, follow the installation instructions which accompanied the Home Signal Distribution Kit to complete the installation. Otherwise, the installation is complete.

Signal Distribution Accessories For You to Consider
50 ft. Antenna Extension Cable: If the cable attached to the antenna is not long enough, you can use a 50' long antenna extension cable (sold separately) to extend the antenna cable.

Outdoor Home Antenna Kit: This antenna can be mounted outdoors on the roof (on a soffit), on an exterior wall, or on a mast or pole. It uses standard RG6 coax cable (not included) for up to a 100’ length. Find the Terk XM6 antenna at a retailer.
Back to Top