How to Make a Wi-Fi Booster With a Dish Satellite for an Internal Wi-Fi Signal

By James T Wood

The sole purpose of a satellite dish is boosting electromagnetic signals; be it television, radio or Wi-Fi, they will all be amplified by the shape of the dish. Your internal Wi-Fi signal will be amplified when you use a dish to focus the radio waves, but the focusing will narrow the area from which you can receive a signal as well. Removing the TV signal receiver and replacing it with a Wi-Fi USB adapter will transform an old dish into a Wi-Fi powerhouse.

Things You'll Need

  • Wrench
  • Screw drivers -- cross-head and flat-head
  • USB Wi-Fi adapter
  • USB extension cable
  • Tape or glue

Step 1

Remove the mounting hardware that secures the TV signal receiver to the arm on the satellite dish. Remove any wiring that connected to the TV receiver.

Step 2

Attach the USB Wi-Fi adapter to the arm of the dish with the USB connector pointing away from the dish. Tape or glue the USB adapter in place.

Step 3

Connect the USB extension cord to the USB adapter and then plug the other end into your computer.

Step 4

Point the dish toward the Wi-Fi hotspot in your house. Look at the signal-strength meter on your computer to see how good your reception is. Fine tune the aim of the dish by adjusting it so the signal strength is highest. Any obstructions between the dish and the Wi-Fi router will degrade the signal.

Tips & Warnings

  • You could also position the dish behind the Wi-Fi hotspot and point it at your computer, but this would restrict computing to one location in your house.