In part 1 of this article, we talked about how satellite Internet can be a great alternative for folks who can’t get any Internet or aren’t able to get high-speed Internet through land lines. Today, we’ll continue the process. So far, we’ve picked out a good spot and mounted the mast for our dish.
Orient the Dish
Now you’ve arrived at the really crucial part of the process: orienting the dish so that it receives a strong satellite signal. You can use a satellite finder app on your smartphone or purchase a satellite signal meter to find the correct angle for your dish. Face your dish to the south and adjust the angle and orientation until the meter or app shows that you’re receiving a strong signal. Once you have the signal, tighten the dish onto the mast using the hardware included in your set-up kit.
Warning: You probably won’t get this right on the first attempt, but don’t get discouraged. It may be helpful to have a second person to help you with this step, so one person can adjust the dish while the other works the app or meter.
Make the Connection
After the equipment is mounted, choose a location near your modem and drill a small hole into the wall or roof of your house using a bit large enough to run the cable through. Attach the cable to the dish, then pull it through the hole and connect it to your modem. If you have a wireless router, you may want to connect it as well.
Test the Signal
Connect your computer to your wireless network and follow the instructions provided by your satellite carrier to make certain the dish is oriented in the proper direction to receive a clear signal.
Once you’ve verified a clear signal, tighten up your connections and cables. You’ll also need to caulk the openings in the wall or roof to make sure it is watertight.
Now you should be able to enjoy a reliable high-speed Internet connection.
~ Sarah Brown