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post #1 of 33 Old 01-30-2009, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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Internet in rural areas

Does anyone have any ideas about how to get internet in the country? We're looking at a lovely place in the country we'd love to purchase. How do you get high speed, non-satellite, non-wireless internet in rural areas?

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post #2 of 33 Old 01-30-2009, 11:02 PM
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Well some are already set up, my house in waco was about 8 miles away from any close to main road. The highspeed internet equipment stops about a mile away it is depressing. BUt for when I'm there I went through my phone carrier to have a USB high speed internet. IT just plugs in and there you go, as long as you have a phone signal.

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post #3 of 33 Old 01-31-2009, 07:35 AM
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Yeah, I have an 'air card' that attaches to my laptop and I can get internet anywere I can get bars (which I am so far out THAT can be a problem sometimes) myself. It was that or satellite....

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It's been the biggest problem for us with finding a nice country farm since I work from home. The best way I've found is high speed broadband from the cell phone companies, IF there is a tower supporting high speed data close enough. If you have a GPS and get the longitude/latitude of the place(s) you are looking at, the cell companies can tell you if you can get a signal at that location.

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post #5 of 33 Old 01-31-2009, 07:45 AM
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There is a commercial on TV that offers high speed internet via a small dish similar to Direct TV or Dish Network. I can't remember the name off hand but I see the commercial all the time and I'll get it to you. They claim to be able to get you coverage no matter where you are.

Aside from that, I get mine through my telephone provider. I'm looking into wireless cards for my computer too but, in my case that is only good for traveling since we have 3 computers and a wireless printer in the house.

The only two options I can think of that is non-wireless or non-satellite would be cable or telephone and that is up to your local region.

Why not satellite?

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post #6 of 33 Old 01-31-2009, 08:26 AM
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You can but you need to verify that with your local carriers first. I lived at the top of a hill in our last house but a house just up the road had a full sized 30f antenna for the web which took the juice out of every other house in that immediate area, us included. You can sometimes get away with a simple antenna (which costs around 1,200) to get but that might not enough. Depending on the area you are in some companies wont even come install anything because there is nothing set or your area so unless you have $30,000-50,000 to spend to get everything set up from the town to your house, you are out of luck (again a problem we ran into).

One of the main reasons we moved to our new house is because of the bad wireless connection we had.

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post #7 of 33 Old 01-31-2009, 08:37 AM
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this is a good topic. my husband and i are moving from the city to the country next weekend and we cant get broadband, cable or anything other than dial up where we are going. im originally from the country but have spent the broadband/cable years in the city so this is a new ball game for me.

so far we have found (but this is in australia) that there are some companies that provide cable there but the cost is usually much higher than in the city.

we have been told so far that wireless is the way to go but even then some places are just too far out of range and unfortunately our place is. looks like dial up is the way to go for us which is a total bummer.

ring around though. you just never know. we are going somewhere very remote. i guess it depends on just how far out you are going

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Originally Posted by CacheDawnTaxes View Post
a house just up the road had a full sized 30f antenna for the web which took the juice out of every other house in that immediate area, us included.
What do you mean by 'took the juice out of every other house in that immediate area'? In the case of something being transmitted and then picked up by an antenna or dish, one can't suck away the transmission from other antennae unless you're directly blocking the line of sight from the transmitter.

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Claire to the rescue! . We missed you Claire!

Well he must have been downloading the stuff from Stallite and as far as taking the juice out is concern I agree with Claire, unless it has so strong strength that other's signal is squeezed, it is nearly impossible to take everyone's internet.

Oh and if he was the ISP then he has the control over all of your internet


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Well, I always like to correct scientific misconceptions.

Many things are transmitted over the electromagnetic spectrum. This ranges from radio waves (TV, radio, home wireless networking, satellite links), microwaves (cooking and mobile phones), infrared (remote controls, heating), visible light (what we can see), ultraviolet (tanning), x-rays (medical imaging) to gamma rays (emitted by some radioactive isotopes, used to sterilise food).

Basically, the transmitter is a big long strip of metal, and electricity races up and down it to produce the radio wave (or microwave, for mobile phone masts). This radio wave spreads outwards from the mast in all directions. When your receiver (antenna, dish, etc) gets in the way, the radio wave induces an electrical current in the antenna, thereby creating the signal for your TV, radio or computer.

The radio waves aren't actually broadcast direct to you, in the way that, say, your phone line is directly connected to your house. They're broadcast out to everyone, only they're encoded so only people authorised to use them can. So no one can siphon off your share unless they're directly, physically blocking the way.

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