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How to Make a Wi-Fi Antenna Out a TV Antenna

Updated April 17, 2017

Wi-Fi is a special technology that allows users of computers, video games, printers, cell phones, and other electronic devices to connect to the Internet or other wireless networks without actually using any wires. All you have to do is be near a network, and the system will allow you to connect. Since what is needed is a means of picking up and transmitting the signal, it is possible to use a wireless TV antenna in place of the built-in Wi-Fi receiver.

To make a Wi-Fi antenna, first you will need a Wireless TV antenna. You will have to take off the plastic cover to reach the actual antenna. Save the plastic cover while you work on the rest. Make sure your dish is free of any debris. Clean it up if you have to. It is very important that you get the Reflector Screen as clean as you can. Straighten it out if anything is bent.

Spray the screen throughly with Matte Black Spray Paint. You want to use an industrial kind of spray that will fully coat the metal and cover up all the spaces. Spray everything else with the same paint, including the mounting brackets.

Check the N Plug on your antenna. This is where your coaxial TV cable will connect. If it is not in good condition replace it with a new, high-quality N plug, also called an N Jack. Make sure you carefully waterproof the connection. Use your coaxial seal and then tape everything up securely with the electrical tape. In fact, you will want to make sure the entire antenna is waterproof.

Put the plastic cover back on. Make sure this is waterproof too. You should now be able to receive the signals for your Wi-Fi network. Run any additional cables with the coaxial TV cable if you need to directly connect a device to your new Wi-Fi Antenna.

Things You'll Need

  • Wireless TV antenna
  • Black spray paint (matt)
  • N Plug
  • N Plug connector
  • Coax seal
  • Electrical tape
  • Coaxial TV cable
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About the Author

Brian Adler has been writing articles on history, politics, religion, art, architecture and antiques since 2002. His writing has been published with Demand Studios, as well as in an online magazine. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Columbia University.