How Can I Get the Internet Through a Satellite Dish?

By Greyson Ferguson

Although DSL and wireless are most often thought of as the go-to formats for connecting to the Internet, it is possible to access the Web through a satellite dish connection. A satellite dish connection works in the same way as a use the dish to obtain television programming and some companies even provide both television and Internet service through the same dish.

Things You'll Need

  • Satellite receiver
  • Coaxial cable
  • Satellite modem
  • Ethernet cable

Step 1

Contact your satellite provider to see if they offer satellite Internet service. Arrange for a date and time frame to install the Internet satellite.

Step 2

Take the coaxial cable running from the satellite dish (after the satellite technician installs the hardware) and connect it into the "In" port on the satellite modem.

Step 3

Insert an Ethernet cable into one of the "Out" ports on the back side of the modem. Plug the opposite end of the cable into the "WAN" port on your computer.

Step 4

Power on your computer and the cable modem. Alongside the satellite modem is a URL address. This address is used to activate the modem. Launch the Internet browser on the computer and type in the complete URL.

Step 5

Check off that you are using the modem in conjunction with a satellite dish, then select if you are using it with a wireless router (you can change these settings in the future if you ever decide to add wireless to the system). Click "Save" and you are ready to begin using your satellite Internet service.