More than a few people have purchased land in the country with big plans for setting up a homestead, only to realize they won’t be able to access the Internet. While some people don’t care about that, if you’re reading this post then odds are you’ll want to keep getting online. So what will you do if you ever move somewhere with no Internet?
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In this video by An American Homestead, they talk about four ways to get access to the Internet while living in rural areas. Which option works best for you will probably depend on where exactly your land is. Here are the four options:
1. DSL Service
It’s not fast as cable Internet, but it works. Just check with your phone company and see if they have any options. Oftentimes with DSL, you can get a plan with unlimited data.
2. Satellite Internet
As technology improves, satellite Internet is getting better and better. Still, there are going to be some latency issues, but as long as you’re not streaming lots of movies or playing online games, it shouldn’t be a problem.
3. Cell Service Providers
Most cell phone companies can provide fast Internet in rural areas. However, they have data caps and purchasing more can get very expensive. But as with satellite Internet, if you’re not streaming or gaming and just using the Internet occasionally, you should be okay.
4. High Gain Antennas
If you’re close to a cell tower, you can get very fast Internet with the right equipment. A high gain antenna allows you to tap into a nearby cell tower and get blazing fast Internet. The downside is that you have to be close to a cell tower.
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Watch the video by An American Homestead below to learn more about these internet options in rural areas.
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Justin Bischel says
A setup I’ve experimented with is a point-to-point bridge Ethernet extender. I had good internet speeds, my parents were outside the service area and relegated to dialup. Since I could see their roof from mine, I set up rooftop grounded antennas and attached Ubiquity wireless bridge hardware on each, pointed them at each other, and set them up to talk. This allowed my parents to piggyback off of my data connection.
If you have or can get line of sight to a town within 5 miles that has good connectivity, this can work. Befriend a homeowner in that town, and offer to pay for the fastest data connection available, if you can set up a tower on his roof or yard and use it for data. It’s also possible to make a deal with a business, talk to the owner.
This method takes some networking savvy and ability to wheel and deal, but you can get town data rates at town prices this way. Cell and satellite data plans get expensive very quickly!