How to Make a satellite dish Wi-Fi antenna for free internet

Need internet but don't want to pay? Well, try lusting of those around you by picking up their Wi-Fi signal. Live out in the boondocks? No problem… if you have an old satellite dish laying around.

Watch this video tutorial to hack you way into free internet. See how to make a satellite dish Wi-Fi antenna for free internet. This is a super-powered Wi-Fi antenna with 32db for long range. It's just what you need to mooch of your neighbors internet.

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i think this is stupid

it is for a cell phone works of micro waves in the air from on antenna to another and these micro waves knock down your reception on anything sitting on earth for the routers that are on the market will you boost a signal in home rang and if you live in the boondocks it will only boost what you have in your home for if you monkey off someone else's internet service you are slow theirs down and they are going to lock you out .

i don't think this real..

this is True dude. Its actually based on "WOKtenna". You use a cooking Wok, stick a USB WiFi dongle in the center, and run the USB cable over to your PC/Mac. I used this method like 10 years ago. The only difference is this guy uses and actual SAT dish, but a good ol' cooking Wok will work fine too. Search "woktenna" in YT and you'll see what I mean.

I learned it by watching some Aussie dudes. Laptop + Woktenna and they could pick up WiFis over 3 MILES away across a river! They where up on a Hill tho. The higher you go the more WiFi you will receive. Its very simple a 10 year old can do it.

Oh its definately real but I mean its just another twist on a basic range extender... Increase the range and look for open signals...

This is BS, a WiFi signal can only be generated a certain distance. If you aren't in that range you cant pick it up period. A dish focuses a signal to a set point (which is farther away from the dish than the antenna used in this video is). Those signals it focuses are already there being transmitted through the air covering the globe. About the only thing this would be good for is you put the hole up to your ear and it might let you hear things a little farther away.

Would the sound not already have to be there for you to hear it? If this can extend the range you can hear, why can't it work on wifi signals?

Funny because mine works

You don't seem to know much about antennas. A parabolic reflector cancels out much of the RFI from behind (that's called front to back ratio) the antenna and to the sides which allows you to more accurately achieve more gain (dB) in one direction. It's really not that complicated. I have a friend who is using a similar setup and picks up wifi from several blocks away. You can also find several variants of the "can-tenna" which is also a similar method.

tell me more please i live in a rural area and fed up with paying $50-75 month

This does work. I have tried it. Think of it like a flashlight, compared to a light bulb. The beam from the flashlight will go farther in one direction. A lightbulb will just illuminate things near to it, but in all directions.

Wifi is the same way.
I taped a usb wifi adapter on the face of the lnb and pointed it down

my street. I can pick up 20 accesspoints now where I could only see 4 before. I can connect to 15 of them, but only 2 are not locked

A Venezuelan techie apparently has set a new record for longest WiFi link. Networking guru Ermanno Pietrosemoli established a wireless connection between a PC in El Aguila, Venezuela, and one in Platillon Mountain, a distance of about 237 miles, mostly using off-the-shelf equipment and a few hacked parts.

Bogus. The antenna would have to be at the same position as the satellite pickup to possibly get any real value. Save your time.

ha ha ha... i di not get the use of the dish here... if the person in video was well in the range of the WIFI, then the bare antenna itselfwuold act as a destination point easily... no need for "directional dish" at all...

yah it would work a lot better if you put your little black antenna on the LNB focal point, like i did, but i used a usb wireless antenna, which doesnt make it so easy to get good results.. but believe me guys, you do get more gain

omg novices, PARABOLIC housing. PARABOLIC! not dish.

you could make it reach macdonalds and get free internet

realy i want a free internet connection due to i hate pay money for internet connection. but i have no dish i want free internet just give me a dish. can u give a dish for me or i will take dish from cable service.........

.......he he he

I have greater interest to work on it

Ok, believe this unit is for picking up routers in the area. Not satellites.

Great idea in theory, but you still need a password to access internet!

I wish U may happy With your Great Imagination...haha...like "Mission Impossible"...Grt Funny man..

ive done this before with an old satelite dish that i had, it doesnt work, actually the tin foil seemed to work better ahhaha.

Hey,

Guess what...? I live somewhere in remote islands discovered just last week to the further east of Hawaii and put a dish and antenna exactly as shown here. Right now, because I can see all the Wifi networks across the earth, I am searching across similar articles from this author so he/she can help share some tips on how to stop the infinite-scrolling of the discovered-wifi-networks. You wont believe, I had to buy a 1 TB HDisk and an additional 128 GB RAM to make my PC not hang up, when scrolling through these Wifi Networks.

Just kidding, friends. Just by reading, I didn't think this is even worth a shot.

Dear WonderHowTo: Please publish only verified-stuff to add value to the site, unless you want the users to do the verification for you.

Cheers.

bi quad with prime focus set up.. 25 km easy.

the reason im here is because in my area i cant get nbn, but just 1km out everyone can get it. so i made a deal with someone who has nbn to put dish on my and their roof to so i can get the net. im connected at 96% but my speed is around 20-25mb atm.when i was with other friend i was getting high 50s-60s .

the reason i'm here is to ask what could be the issue since my neighbour next door is getting 50 mb/s and were using the same host

Microwave signals, Atmospherics, Solar Radiation etc.

Hello dear all senior ,

I need your help. I got 2 signals wifi signals on my phone from my roof...but i need a password for connection,,, So How Can i get free net on my pc or mobile...

hi i have tow dishes inter net every dish has a different wirless ;
i want one wirless for tow dishes . how cai i do that?

People who dont think this works are idiots! The person who thinks you need to point it at a satellite has brain damage. "Peter tasca" you point it a wifi source! That is unlocked. The person who made it,..... also not so brite, you put the antenna at the end of the armature, not in the middle of the dish. There are other sites that explain what you need and how to put it together correctly. Hack and mod.

What sights? I've got 3 dishes none hooked to ISP, I want to get signal without ISP, do I need modem, router and my own blade server to do it, and how, I'm tired of being ripped off by the communications people. I'd rather be my own for my own personal use.

ive done this 10 years ago. You dont need a SAT dish instead you can use a cooking WOK. Ive used this big black Wok its like 2ft in diameter. There are different sizes too. the larger the Wok the father you will receive from. You'll need..

1 Wok. you can get these anywhere walmart, IKEA, etc.
1 USB WiFi dongle.
1 long USB cable (female2male)
and ofcourse your PC/Mac.
you place the USB dongle in center of Wok. (tape it or use velcro)
Connect USB cable to USB dongle.
Plug USB cable into ur PC/Mac.

Place your now Woktenna as high in your room as you can do it. Hang it on a nail, or hang it outside your home. The higher the Woktenna is then the father your will receive from.

Now most of all the WiFi signals you'll receive are LOCKED/PW just like your neighbor next door. But if you have like a Mcdonalds, BurgerKing, etc in your area you can pick it up their signal. Now Range depends on HOW HIGH your woktenna is and how far you are to your local stores. If you're in a general Urban area then you probably have a MickeyD's closeby. But if your in the "sticks" you need to put something on your roof. search "woktenna" in Goog and see the Images and you'll get the idea.

A "dish" is a parabolic antenna.. and Tom C's illustration with the bulb & flashlight is a good one. You can increase dB gain / signal strength by using a directional antenna like a dish or yagi style to focus the signal. If you want proof, check the AU Gov website on power output - they have some formula to determine how much output power you can use based on the gain of the antenna... sure, it wont give you free WIFI (from a WIFI AP) like the article title implies, but at least you can connect to more.

Ok not a tech but thought it should work n theory. What type of antenna? What type cable wire? Attach cable wire to what - one end in dish other to what? Can I download instructions?

what are the materials needed apart from a dish to build a free internet wifi cos am tired of paying for internet

I did the Free Wifi setup on JunglePirate.com and it is working, the only problem is that it reaches 2 miles, so if you are 2 miles away from a public wifi then you are screwed. I live in the city though so it worked like a charm! Instead of a McDonalds or Starbucks I went into a small restaurant next door and asked for their pw from the waitress. "I need to send my boss something, FAST" ;)

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