Outernet: Round 1 Test


This is a report of our first official test of the Satellite component on our Red Sun-Experimental Model 1 Asymmetric Communication Infrastructure. By establishing data-streaming connection through Outernet via our Satellite Dish, we will have access to all of the content available on the Outernet cloud. Proving that we can access this location first from a centralized, grid location is the first step to getting our system running.

The experiment was conducted from 20:30 EST to 21:45 EST, on Monday, June 27, 2016.


  1. Identify the direction and elevation of Galaxy 19, Ku-Bandhttps://pin.net.au/.  This is the Outernet satellite connection available in North America along with Eutelsat 113W.  (Eutelsat 113W is also available in South America as well.)
  2. Set up GEOSATpro Satellite Dish (acquired from Outernet) in a position that connects to Galaxy19, Ku Band. 97 degree azimuth, 40.3 degrees elevation.
  3. Connect Outernet Lighthouse box to Satellite and broadcast a local wireless network
  4. Connect a computer to the local wireless network broadcasting service hosted on Outernet Lighthouse box
  5. Configure Lighthouse Box to interact with GEOSATpro Universal LNB in order to download information off of Outernet.
  6. Successfully download information off of Outernet.

Partnered Organizations for Experiment


Equipment and Specifications

GEOSATpro Satellite Dish – 90cm diameter (link, $60)

GEOSATpro UL1PL1 Universal Linear LNBF (included with GEOSATpro Dish, above)

Outernet Lighthouse (link, $99)

Mac Laptop Computer

Power extension cord

iPhone and Android Smartphones


The Experiment was conducted from the rooftop of 2112 New Hamphsire Ave NW, Longitude 38.91 degrees, Latitude -77.03

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Weather Report

The experiment was conducted in weather with a high and low of 82/73F(add celsius) consisting of cloudy conditions, with Humidity at 75% and Barometric pressure at 29.97 HG. The experiment was conducted from 20:30 EST to 21:45 EST, on Monday, June 27, 2016.

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What Happened?

Set up satellite initially towards 97 degree azimuth and 67 degree elevation which was wrong.  Changed over to a 220 azimuth with 40.3 degree elevation.  

We successfully connected the satellite to Outernet Lighthouse.

We successfully connected to the Outernet Lighthouse box via computer via wireless connection.

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After connecting into the Outernet Lighthouse box, we configured the LNB to the appropriate settings:

  • Galaxy 19
  • Ku Band
  • Universal LNB

At this point, we had successfully done the following:

  • Set up satellite dish to point at a 220 degree azimuth and 40.3 degree elevation
  • Identified location of Galaxy 19 North American ku band via Satellite Locater Smartphone application
  • Connected GEOSATpro LNBF to Outernet Lighthouse
  • Connected computer wirelessly to Outernet Lighthouse wireless broadcasting signal
  • Configured LNBF connection on the computer through the Outernet Lighthouse device

Ultimately we were unable to access Outernet services because of a poorly constructed base for our satellite dish. Due to the precision needed, we will create a better base for the dish. Fortunately, Outernet’s new device will be coming out in two weeks, which purports to allow access to their cloud without using a satellite dish.

This report is published on our public Google Drive, and will be updated overtime: Red Sun for All

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