Over the years connecting to the internet has been very expensive. The ISP and other network have been making billions out of us in the country with high charges of service rendered. This has been so mostly in developing country like ours, which has made it difficult to have access to the internet. Despite of competition in the industry the charges are still high.
Thanks to technology and research in it field mostly in Nigeria that has try to make access to the net available to everyone irrespective of their income level.
From research it has been discovered that you can actually connect to the internet through your normal satellite decoder. E.g DSTV, My TV, Hi TV decoder are all good source of connector to the internet. And the good news is that, you don’t have to worry about paying for the internet charges so long as you pay for your normal satellite subscription, you are covered.
You need the following hardware to make it work.
1. A Decoder ( GoTV, My Tv, DSTV )
2. A splitter.
3. Rj Cable 45
4. Linksys Cable Modem.
5. Coaxial Cable.
6. Switch or Hub.
Direction of Configuration
Connect your coaxial cable (that comes) from your Satellite dish to your Splitter. Your Splitter should be the type that has one “IN” port and two “OUT” port. The function of the Splitter is to split the signal from the Satellite Dish into two. One for your Cable TV, and other for internet access.
Connect the other coaxial cable from the first “OUT” port of the Splitter to the normal “IN” port of your decoder for the satellite TV signal. Then connect another coaxial cable from the decoder to your TV.
Now connect another coaxial cable from the second “OUT” port of your splitter to your Cable modem ( Linksys cable modem). Note: It must be a Linksys Cable Modem if you don’t want to pay extra charges for your access to the net. With Linksys Cable Modem you only pay for your normal Satellite TV subscription.
This is where you will make use of RJ 45 Ethernet Cable. Connect the RJ 45 Ethernet cable from the Linksys Cable modem to your Switch or Hub. Which implies that you want to connect two or more computer system. Then connect your computers with Ethernet RJ 45 cable to the switch. But if its only one computer system just connects it direct to the cable modem with the Ethernet cable (no need of Switch or Hub). And of course if the cable modem is the wireless type, you can connect your system through Wi Fi provided your computer has it.
1. Start up your desktop computer or Laptop depending on the type you are using.
2. Click on the Start menu.
3. A dialogue box will appear with a lot of option to click, locate Control Panel and click on it.
4. Locate Network Connection and click on it.
5. Now locate Create a new network and click on it.
6. This will take you to another environment, locate Connect to Internet Radio and click on it. After that, click on the Next button and this should lead you to another area then click Finish.
At this your system is now configured to surf the net with an amazing speed. Just imagine using the same signal that transmit video signal, you can really imagine the speed of internet access. Happy surfing.
Functions of some the Hardware used
DECODER: This opens the gateway of the signal used because you pay for it through your normal monthly TV subscription.
SPLITTER: This shares the signal that flows from the Satellite dish between your Decoder and Cable modem.
LINKSYS CABLE MODEM: This covert the signal to data signal for the internet access.
COAXIAL CABLES: This is the normal cable for satellite connection. It helps the signal to flow from one point to another.
SWITCH: Is a networking device that bridging, i.e. creating connection of multiple computers to act as a segment.
RJ 45 ETHERNET CABLE: It stands for Register Jack 45. It includes four twisted pairs in a single cable.
If you are in Lagos, you can get all this hardware from Computer Village or at any computer store that sells networking accessories.