What Is LNB Or LNA In Digital Headend ? How LNB Works ?

lna or low noise block for digital headend

LNB  Introduction

lnb or low noise block for digital headend

In Headend weather it is Digital Headend or Analog Headend the dishes are mounted on the top of the headend. Dishes are the important part of the headend which helps the headend to receive the signal from the satellite. There are generally two type of dishes are used

C Band Dish

Ku Band Dish

RG-11 cable is used to connect the LNBs from the IF section of the Headend.

What  is  LNB  In  Digital  Headend

LNB stands for Low Noise Band or Low Noise Block Down Converter. It is a physical device mounted over the dish in the center. Dish is designed to have the parabolic curvature to cover the maximum area. Satellite signals are very weak so we need to designed the dish to cover maximum area. A RG – 11 cable is used to receive the signals from the LNB to the IF section of headend.

Thus it plays a very important role in headend to receive the signals from the satellite.

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Working  Of  LNB

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As we discussed above the LNB is mounted over the dish in the center to receive the signals at one point that is called the focal point. Satellite signals are focused by this area of dish to focal point. At the focal point LNB is mounted and it receive very weak signals even in micro watts.

Now we need to amplify these weak signals. The device we use for this is the part of the LNB is called LNA or Low Noise Amplifier. LNA also removes the noise from the weak signals which it receive and then amplify it. There are basically two or more stages in the LNA to amplify the signal.

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The signal passing through the LNA becomes high as 2 Ghz to 12 Ghz. We need to block converted down it to receive the proper signal in between 950 Mhz to 2150 Mhz. This is called the IF or intermediate frequency. In this frequency we have very low attenuation in microwave frequencies. Thus block converted down of frequency function is carried out by Block Converter.

Block Converter is divided into following parts

Local Oscillator


IF Amplifier


The local oscillator is locally mounted in the LNBs so it is called the Local Oscillator. Local Oscillator give the signal of fixed frequency which is already determined. This frequency of the signal is universally accepted. This is called the LO frequency.

Thus the block converter have the input of C band or Ku Band or S band frequencies and by having some external frequency in it produces the output to IF or Intermediate Frequency. Now this signal goes into IF section of the digital headend.

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LNB  Supply  Voltage

For C Band Dish

For 13 V supply voltage to LNB the LO frequency is 5.15 GHz in vertical polarization

For 18 V supply voltage to LNB the LO freuency is 5.15 GHz in Horizontal Polarization.

For Ku Band Dish

For 13 V supply voltage to LNB the LO frequency is 10.75 GHz in vertical polarization

For 18 V supply voltage to LNB the LO frequency is 10.75 GHz in Horizontal Polarization.

   Know  More  About   C Band   And   Ku Band 

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