200 year-old house on 25 rocky acres in high country upstate NY and SO many highbush blueberries!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Internet Access - Here's What I Did
Here's a picture of what I've got. It's a Verizon USB modem, which means that when I want to connect to the internet, I have to "dial" in. It's technically a broadband device, but doesn't have a strong signal here in the woods, so is rather slow. I'm halfway through a 2-year contract.
I asked what you folks thought about satellite and got mixed opinions (which mirrors what I've seen online when I read reviews). I called the local cable company to see if there was any chance that cable would come out here (no).
I decided to try and maximize what I have before I make any more commitments to new providers. So, here's what I did (unfortunately after an absurd amount of time-consuming research). I bought an external antenna, a few cables and connectors and a router. Ideally, the signal will get stronger (faster), and I'll be able to set up that home network I've been looking forward to in a week or so. If those don't work well enough, I'll buy an amplifier - but I'll try this stuff first. We'll see how it goes!