How to Use Existing Satellite Dish for Internet Connection

by Marshal M. Rosenthal

A satellite dish provides a parabolic reflector that can be used to gather in wireless transmissions. Add a homemade 2.4 GHz antenna to an existing satellite dish to provide wireless reception. Along with some tools found in most households, you'll need a few supplies from a hardware store and a grocery store. Done properly, the satellite dish's ability to provide satellite access will be unaffected by the addition of the wireless receiver.

Step 1

Stand the empty coffee can on the table with the open end facing up. Measure up 4 inches from the bottom. Drill a hole in the side of the can at the 4-inch mark.

Step 2

Place a sheet of newspaper on the table. Stand the N adapter plate with the open end facing up. Heat up the soldering iron for 4 minutes. Solder an end of the copper wire into the center of the N adapter. Let the solder cool for a minute.

Step 3

Place the free end of the copper wire through the hole in the can. Solder the sides of the N adapter to the can. Let the solder cool for 2 minutes. Unplug the soldering iron.

Step 4

Place the can on the underside of the lateral arm connected to the front of the satellite dish --- the open end of the can must face toward the dish. Tape the can to the lateral arm with strips of masking tape.

Step 5

Insert the "N" plug on the Pigtail N adapter into the back of the N adapter plate that is attached to the can.

Plug the N extender into the other cable attached to the Pigtail N adapter. Plug the other end of the N extender into a Wi-Fi card that is in the Wi-Fi slot of a laptop.


  • Do not use duct tape to hold the can to the dish as the materials in the tape will inhibit the signal.


About the Author

Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology maven with more than 15 years of editorial experience. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor of Arts in photographic arts, his editorial work has appeared both domestically as well as internationally in publications such as "Home Theater," "Electronic House," "eGear," "Computer and Video Games" and "Digitrends."

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