Satellite internet provides internet service to any location with a clear view of the sky. That’s what makes it a great solution for businesses located in small town and rural areas without access to high-speed land-based internet providers. The infrastructure necessary for satellite internet is already installed in space. All you need is a satellite dish installed at your location to communicate with the satellite. The signal is then sent from your satellite dish to a modem, which can forward the internet signal to your devices through an ethernet cord or through wi-fi. With wi-fi, you can connect a number of devices to your network at the same time. Below are the steps for setting up a wireless connection with satellite internet.

Install satellite internet

The first step here is to choose a satellite internet provider and call them to discuss what plans are available in your area. The internet provider will arrange a convenient time for a technician to install the satellite dish and modem at your desired location. The technician will make sure the satellite dish has a good connection with the satellite and make sure the modem is receiving the signal.

Install your wi-fi router

Your satellite internet provider may have provided a wi-fi router for you, or you might be expected to purchase your own. Additionally, the technician that installs your internet may also install the modem, but it’s good to know what to do just in case. After unpacking your wireless router, plug the power cord into the router and into the outlet. Then plug one end of an ethernet cord into the LAN (Local Area Network) port of the satellite modem and the other end into the WAN (Wide Area Network) port of the router.

Set up your wi-fi router

Your wi-fi router should have come with specific instructions particular to its brand and model. Follow these instructions to install the modem’s software and set up the wireless network. If you can’t find any instructions, you should still be able to get a connection by plugging your computer into the router with an ethernet cable.

Verify internet connection

Once your computer is connected to the router via wi-fi or an ethernet cable, you want to make sure you’re getting a signal. Check on your toolbar at the bottom right (or top right if you’re using a Mac) for your internet connection icon. By clicking on it you can get more details about your current internet connection. It’s also not a bad idea to venture out to a website to make sure data is coming through.

Once you have installed all the equipment and verified your connection, your wi-fi network should be good to go. From here you can connect any wifi-enabled device simply by looking for the name given the network during setup and entering the associated password.

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