Do it Yourself Satellite Internet

By Chris Moore

You can get Internet for your computer through a satellite dish instead of a DSL phone line or local cable broadband. In some very rural areas, this might even be your only option. Installing satellite Internet in your home is very much like satellite TV, only you are connecting everything to a computer instead of the TV set. This will require a few extra devices as well.

Requirements

In order to receive satellite Internet, you will need a satellite dish antenna and a subscription with a satellite broadband provider. The major satellite providers offer Internet service, so you need only give them a call. If you currently have satellite TV service, call your provider and ask about extending your service to include Internet. If you don't already have the dish needed for the signal, your provider should supply it or it can be purchased at a number of retailers.

Installation

If you don't yet have the satellite dish installed, you must do so. Assemble the dish antenna by connecting the reflector and low noise block to the dish's support arm and the arm to the dish itself, using the parts and instructions that come with your specific dish. You must find an appropriate place to mount the dish; above all else, it needs an unobstructed view of the southern sky. The dish should be able to mount onto an outside wooden wall with lag screws or brick/cement with machine screws. Connect the included coaxial cable to the low noise block and run it correctly through the dish's mast. Ground the dish by screwing a grounding wire to the foot of the mast and strapping the dish's grounding block to a good ground (like a cold water pipe). Connect the grounding wire and coaxial cable to the grounding block, then connect another cable to the block that will travel inside the house for your Internet access.

Connecting to the Computer

Once the satellite dish is installed, you only need to connect it to your computer. You need a satellite broadband modem for this. This type of modem will have a port for connecting a coaxial cable to it. Connect the dish antenna's cable to the modem through this port. If you are using the dish for both TV and Internet, you need a coaxial splitter. Connect the dish's cable to the splitter on the side with one port, then connect one of the two ports on the other side to a cable for the TV and the other to a cable for the modem. With the modem connected to the dish, connect it to the computer with an ethernet cable and make sure the signal is coming through; there should usually be four green lights on the modem.

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