So...Question is...Anybody have ANY clue...if this is possible?
I will be linking with a specific connection...so I don't need something to scan for open networks or anything like that.
Yes it should be possible.
The WiFi you're trying to access, what is it specifically?
eg. Is it just a friends wireless router, some free wireless community network, etc.
For the former they might need to provide a directional antenna pointing at you, (a cheap USB adapter at the focal point of your sat dish or parabolic), as well as you needing one aligned with it.
If it's the latter then their antenna setup should be that only you'll require the parabolic/dish.
FWIW, if the dish can be placed within 5m of the router/computer then it's easiest to use a USB 802.11n adapter at the focal point, (you can waterproof it by housing in a plastic pill container), and running a 5m USB extension lead, you may be able to extend it a little by using a active USB extension lead.
If the dish has to be mounted further away than 5m then I'd look at a WiFi extender mounted at the focal point using Cat5e cabling back to the router/computer and using POE, (Power Over Ethernet), to power it.
As for what you do with the dish/antenna, there are numerous sites on the net that deal with using them to extend WiFi range, eg.This guy modifies the LNB at the dishes focal point to insert a USB adapter.
The image in the post below it is from Stan Swan's excellent article
about using "spider skimmers" as parabolic antennas.InstructableseHow
The main points being:
- Is it an offset dish.
- Where's the focal point, (if the LNB is still attached, this makes it easy).
I'd try with just using a dish at your end first, (because it's the easiest), and seeing if you can get a decent signal. For that, Netstumbler
is good for pinpointing the best signal as you move the dish around.