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How to build your own Internet satellite receiver

Updated April 17, 2017

Rural or remote locations pose problems for people who depend on the Internet to conduct business or communicate with the rest of the world. If you are out stargazing in the middle of the desert and you need to check in with the office about a big proposal, you may have to rely on satellite Internet. Fortunately, you won't have to hike around trying to find a provider. You can build your own simple Internet satellite receiver in just a few hours from materials that are readily available.

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  1. Find a stainless steel strainer, a small wok or a stainless scooper of an approximate diameter of 12-to-16 inches with handle(s). Use this utensil as the basis of the Internet satellite receiver.

  2. Employ a half-inch drill bit to drill through a hole right in the centre of your container. Ensure that the hole you drill is large enough to accommodate a USB connector head inside. Using a marker trace the outline of your USB's hookup head. Providing your USB connector a comfortable enough position and keeping it intact is significant for your project to be successful.

  3. Insert a USB cable through the hole you have drilled in your strainer's bottom.

  4. Apply glue all around the opening neck of your USB. Secure and seal it all around the hole so that it's in a sound and stable position.

  5. Position the other end of your USB cable within the USB hub of your laptop.

  6. Establish a link using the USB Wi-Fi Adapter or a Wireless Network Adapter.

  7. Place your tripod on a flat piece of land and ensure that it is well balanced. Link your satellite dish to your tripod with the help of duct tape, clamp or zip ties. You can catch a better signal with the tripod than if you kept your laptop on your lap.

  8. Adjust the position of your dish by keeping it at a 30 degree angle, pointing toward a direction free of trees, tall buildings or mountains that might block your Internet signals. Adjusting the angle of your dish by tilting it back and forth to receive the best signal.

  9. Tip

    Don't place the dish directly beneath the sun as the heat can cause serious damage to your USB. Apply duct tape to your satellite dish handle and wrap cellophane all around your USB connector and USB Wi-Fi.

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Things You'll Need

  • Strainer with handle(s)
  • Half-inch drill bit
  • Marker
  • USB connector
  • USB cable
  • Glue
  • Wi-Fi adaptor
  • Tripod

About the Author

Sheharyar Khan has been writing professionally since 2004 with articles appearing in various print and online sources, including Empowered Doctor and Disney's "Family Fun." Khan holds a Bachelor of Science in engineering with a major in textiles from Philadelphia University.

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