directional antenna

Rural Internet

Our first order of business has been getting internet back up and running on our property. In the past we’ve had success with our directional antenna, but upon our return, we could only get a 3G signal.

marshall and the generator

We swapped out the booster with the Weboost 4G-X and it still didn’t make a difference.

no signal

We are able to get a 4G signal with Marshall’s directional and our Mimo antenna, but it isn’t good enough to work from, so Friday we bit the bullet and ordered satellite internet from HughesNet.

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  • Reply Scott Irwin April 6, 2020 at 8:25 am

    Hope you all get your internet working.

    Where are y’all in Washington state. I’m in Louisiana but have a brother in Wenatchee WA.

    I enjoy keeping up with your travels/lifestyle.

    God bless!


  • Reply Leigh April 6, 2020 at 8:48 am

    Hi Scott, we’re north of your brother on the border of Canada. Stay safe! 🙂

  • Reply Rich Frye April 6, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    Sounds pretty high tech…I can’t even use my cell phone here on Lummi Island

  • Reply Ed Scott May 30, 2020 at 11:39 am

    When you get HughesNet Satellite Internet up and running how about posting down-link, and especially up-link, data throughput rates for various places you go? I may want satellite Internet but need to consider how useful it is – cost vs benefit. How well does it work in rain and snow storms? Will it also work on trips further north – Canada and Alaska? How long does it take to align the antenna after reaching a new campsite? How high is the collapsed antenna over rooftop on the highway? Do you have to pay for months you aren’t using it?

    • Reply Leigh June 8, 2020 at 8:15 am

      Hi Ed, we actually went with MCI Datacom for microwave to fiber! Currently the most we can get is 7 down. They’re installing a new tower at the top of our hill and when it’s ready we’ll be able to switch and get speeds up to 40 down!

      We used HughesNet for internet when we first got on the road in 2005. It used to take about 20 minutes to set up, but now they say it’s not even possible to move it anymore. Don’t get Hughesnet, hold out for Starlink!

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