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How to Get Internet in the Rural Areas of Texas

    • 1). Locate a service provider in your community that offers a satellite or cellular Internet service. Cellular systems operate in a similar way to cell phone networks. A grid of transmission and receiver towers blanket a geographical area. Users place an antenna on their roof, and run a cable into the house, providing a high speed Internet connection. Some companies will provide and install an antenna as part of the subscription.

    • 2). Consult each cellular provider and provide them with your address. This allows them to confirm the signal strength in your area. Cellular Internet signals, unlike the satellite equivalent are not affected by weather or cloud cover, but they can be disrupted by geographical features such as hills and valleys. Many providers have a tool on their website that allows you to enter your zip code and see the local signal strength instantly. Others will send a representative out to your home to test the signal onsite.

    • 3). Mount the antenna to your roof, if this service is not provided by your ISP. Use a 2.4Ghz grid antenna, and screw the base to a joist or ridge-line on your roof using the provided mounting screws. Check with the ISP to determine the direction the antenna should face. Avoid mounting it too closely to any other antennae on the roof. Connect the coaxial cable and run it down to the house in straight lines, securing it as you go, using a cable grip, approximately every two feet.

    • 4). Choose a suitable location. The router can be installed upstairs or downstairs; but if you have opted for a wired version, you will need to connect it to your computer with an Ethernet cable, so bear this in mind.

    • 5). Drill a hole through the wall -- from the outside-in -- being careful to avoid pipes and wires that may be inside the wall.

    • 6). Fit a cable grommet into the hole. This will prevent water seepage. Feed the cable in, through the hole and pull it to take up any slack.

    • 7). Secure the remaining length of cable to the outer wall with the grips and fit the F-connector to the end of the coaxial cable. When the router arrives from the ISP, it will be ready for connection.

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