Turn a Satellite Dish into a Free Wi-Fi Antenna

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NCSAMTurn a Satellite Dish into a Free Wi-Fi Antenna

Setting up a WiFi network is one thing; extending its range is another. If you’ve got time on yourself and are up for a DIY challenge, you can turn an old satellite dish into a free Wi-Fi antenna.

That’s right, that old satellite dish from the 90s lying somewhere on the roof or in your garage can come in handy to solve today’s modern-day Wi-Fi range dilemma. By increasing the WiFi range of your router, you can add convenience to your life and potential monetary savings as well.

The benefits of a satellite dish WiFi range extender dramatically outweigh the effort to make this DIY a success. Since there will be no signal loss in the connection than the traditional coaxial cable, this project can both economic and efficient.


Satellite Dish Redefined

Here’s the process of converting a satellite dish into a free WiFi antenna:

Step 1

Get a hold of a screwdriver and begin by removing screws of the LNB unit, which is the antenna. Remove the unit from the satellite dish. The Wi-Fi antenna uses a USB cable, so you don’t have to disconnect the coaxial cable.

Step 2

Now that the LNB unit has been removed add a wireless USB Wi-Fi adapter. You can screw this or tie it with a nylon cable; whatever you choose, make sure you add it firmly.

Step 3

Now plug a USB cable onto the USB side of the Wi-Fi adapter. Once plugged in, connect the other end of the USB cable to a device if it has Wi-Fi enabled or a modem/router if you don’t have Wi-Fi enabled.

Step 4

Once the USB cable is configured, you have to position the satellite dish at a point that aims right towards you. Note that your signal strength should exceed 15dB. This would give you a strong Wi-Fi signal – almost five times stronger than a USB Wi-Fi adapter alone.

Step 5

Check if your device automatically scans for the Wi-Fi adapter. If it does not, you might have to install software to recognize the WiFi network. You can easily find the software online. However, Windows comes packed with the necessary devices that can identify a WiFi device.

Once your device scans the satellite dish WiFi network, connect to it. Viola, now you can enjoy a seamless internet connection.

Ather Owais Ather Owais is a tech and cybersecurity enthusiast. He is a strong advocate for online privacy and security, following technological trends and their impact on today's digital era.

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