How to Build Satellite Internet to Get WiFi

By Dan Ravens

Materials for building a satellite Internet system to get Wi-Fi are inexpensive and easily available. Old or discarded satellite dishes provide perfect surfaces to bounce off and receive 2.4Ghz radio waves. The many USB Wi-Fi adapters on the market make good transmitters to get those wireless signals to a computer. Finally, USB cables provide a convenient and effective means to run long cable. The sum of all this is a simple DIY way to obtain free Internet browsing.

Things You'll Need

  • Satellite dish
  • USB Wi-Fi adapter
  • Plastic ties or metal strap
  • USB cable
  • USB extension cable

Step 1

Use a Phillips screwdriver to unscrew the Low Noise Block (LNB) transceiver from the end of the satellite dish's extension arm. Pull the old coaxial cable out of the extension arm.

Step 2

Connect the USB Wi-Fi adapter at the end of the dish's extension arm, pointing the plastic antenna end towards the face of the satellite dish. Use plastic ties or a metal strap to secure it to the extension arm.

Step 3

Attach the USB cable to the USB end of the Wi-Fi adapter. Extend the cable length as much as necessary, using USB extension cables.

Step 4

Position the satellite dish in a line-of-sight with known Wi-Fi public access points, since radio waves are directional (Wi-Fi signals are radio waves).

Step 5

Plug a USB cable into any open USB port on your computer. Because USB is "plug and play," the computer will pick up the new hardware.

Step 6

Find the strongest available Wi-Fi signal within range that is not password protected. Click "Connect." Browse the Internet for free.