How To Install XM Radio
Learning how to install XM radio is not difficult. Installing XM radio can be done simply by following a few basic—albeit important—steps. XM radio is the original satellite radio company. XM radio and its only competitor, Sirius radio, have since merged in a basic services sense, but they still maintain some distinctions with regards to their hardware. If you have formerly had Sirius satellite radio service, you will find installing XM radio to be a snap. But if you have never had either one before, you'll find that installing XM radio is not at all difficult. Since there is really nothing to installing XM radio in the home, this article will be about installing it in your vehicle, which is a bit more of a challenge.
- Choose your XM radio hardware. You can choose an XM radio that is portable, meaning that it gets transported as needed back and forth between your in-home box radio and your vehicle, or one that remains permanently in your vehicle. You can find various models of radios at the XM website as well as at authorized dealers of XM radios.
- Sign up for your XM radio subscription plan. Once you have installed the radio reciver, you'll know that you have service when an LED display informs you that you're ready to listen to the satellite radio. Just follow the instructions that are in the manual that comes with the receiver unit.
- Follow the manual's instructions for how to mount the XM radio receiver onto your vehicle's dashboard. If you have chosen the portable radio receiver, this is very easy and should not even require any tools. However, if you've chosen a permanent vehicle receiver, it's possible that you may need to have some help (possibly professional) if it's one of the models that would replace your vehicle's existing receiver.
- Find a place on the outside of your vehicle to put the magnetic antenna. In general, the roof is best. Remember that you need to take that wire that connects the receiver to the antenna into consideration when you choose the placement. The magnetic antenna is very easy to relocate on your vehicle if your reception is poor or if the wire causes too much inconvenience where you have it currently. The magnetic antenna will need to be near a door, hatch or window to facilitate the connection of the wire.
It's really not difficult to install an XM radio receiver in your vehicle. Keep in mind that a permanent vehicle receiver could be somewhat of a challenge to install as compared to a portable receiver, however.