One of the modern conveniences we all rely on is the Internet. It’s hard to imagine a day without checking email, chatting with friends on Facebook, or watching YouTube. We can use the Internet to accomplish a hundred different tasks every day. Internet availability is especially important. We are because we run an online business. But how do we run our online business and YouTube channel when we plan to live off the grid?
Just because we live off-grid doesn’t mean we have to give up all modern conveniences. Living off-grid means you are not physically connected to any utilities such as electricity, sewer, telephone, gas, etc.
As modern off-grid housewives, we need to be able to not only run our online business but also be able to educate our children at home online. Thankfully it’s possible to have high-quality Internet even when we’re off-grid.
Today I will share with you 6 solutions to our off-grid problem. At the end of the article, I will share our plan.
Off-grid Internet Solutions
The first option you should consider is to use your cell phone. If you think about it, you can probably do whatever you need to do online with just your smartphone. Using your smartphone, you can do online banking, check email, and social media, watch movies, and more. Of course, a smartphone with a good cell signal might be all you need to stay online and connect with the rest of the world.
But what if you sometimes need to access the Internet from your laptop or computer? Again all you need is a good smartphone. Connect it to your computer or turn it into a mobile hotspot. This mobile hotspot turns your phone into a small Wi-Fi then you can connect Connect your laptop or computer to the router. Depending on your service provider, speeds may be slower than what you typically get on your phone, and there will be data limits on tethering/personal hotspots. However, this shouldn’t be a problem if you’re not doing data-heavy tasks,
The main question here is whether your property has enough cell phone signals. This is one of the main things we look for when looking for a homestead. We want to make sure the property has a cell phone signal.
Make sure you have a cell signal.
When you first start looking for a new property, there’s an easy way to do it. You can view coverage maps for major cell phone carriers. Here are some links to T-Mobile Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint coverage maps. By verifying their map coverage, you’ll find different colors that indicate the strength of the signal in that area.
Note that this is an approximation and doesn’t guarantee that there will be a signal there, but it’s a good starting point. When you see a property, it’s a good idea to bring your cell phone and borrow one from a friend or real estate agent who has a different carrier. You. Walk When you’re in a hotel, see how strong the signal is in different locations. You can check your hotel’s internet connection speed with an app like Speed Test.
Learn about the limitations of unlimited plans
Another issue to be aware of if you plan to use your phone as your primary internet connection is that even unlimited plans have data limits. Depending on your provider, your data limit may be as low as 20 GB/or as high as 50 GB/m. When you reach your monthly limit of data, you can be deprioritized. De-prioritizing means you can still connect to the Internet, but it will be slower than before you hit your data limit. I say you may be deprioritized because it doesn’t always happen. It depends on the network traffic when you try to access the network on the Internet.
Let’s say you’re on T-Mobile and use all 50 GB of data for the month. When many other people on the network try to access the Internet simultaneously as you, they will take precedence over you if they are not already using 50 GB. They will keep them fast, but You will be deprioritized and get lower speed. However, the network is less likely to be that congested in a rural area, and you’ll maintain fast speeds. Some report that even when they use their monthly data limit well, they never deprioritize.
This sounds appropriate, but what would you do if your property didn’t have a strong signal? We’ll talk about this next.
Cell Phone Booster
It can take a very weak signal from cell towers and amplifies it making it the strong signal you need.
Phone booster consists of three main parts:
- Outdoor antenna. Outdoor antennas are usually mounted on a pole on or near the roof of a house. They are usually directional antennas that must be pointed directly at the nearest cell tower. There is an app for that called open signal that can help you find the nearest cell tower.
- Signal booster. The external antenna is connected to the signal booster via a cable. The job of a signal booster is to pick up a weak signal from an outdoor antenna and amplify it. It is then passed to the indoor antenna.
- Indoor antenna. An indoor antenna is installed somewhere in your home. This is the antenna your phone is connected to.
Phone Booster is not a subscription service. It’s a one-time purchase. Of course, you have to pay for cell phone service, but the booster has no service fee.
Most popular cell phone booster
The most popular phone booster is made by web boost. What I like about web boost is that they offer a 30-day money-back guarantee. If you purchased the product and it didn’t work as expected, you can return it. It shows that the company has a lot of confidence in its product and believes this is a viable solution for most people.
But what if you need a more traditional Internet connection to connect to multiple computers connected to a Wi-Fi network? Several solutions can help us in this regard. The first is called Fixed Wireless Broadband.
Fixed Wireless Broadband
Fixed wireless broadband is not satellite internet. It also doesn’t use cellular networks. It is operated by private companies with large antennas throughout rural communities. When you sign up for the service, they will install an antenna in or near your home. This antenna will be connected to the main unit’s antenna via radio waves. They must be within sight of each other. From there, your antenna will connect to the Wi-Fi router in your home. Voila, the Internet!
If this service is available, this might be a good option. You should be aware that your internet speed may be slower than what you get from your phone and slower than what you would get if you were connected to the grid via fiber or fiber. Wired Internet.
While this might be a good option for many people, it’s most likely not available in your area. So let’s look at another solution.
This is a membership organization that provides unlimited wireless data to its members. They don’t resell data plans to the big 4 carriers; they just let you use their unlimited routers and hotspots as long as you’re a member. All carriers have unlimited data. The program is just not open to anyone. When joining Unlimitedville, you become part of their connected community dedicated to keeping you online and keeping you online with fast and reliable wireless data.
Unlike phone operators, Unlimitedville’s hotspots and routers are specifically designed to broadcast unlimited Wi-Fi to everyone in the home or office with connected devices. This includes laptops, smart TVs, game consoles, and other Wi-Fi-connected devices.
The speed of all their hotspots depends entirely on your distance from cell towers in your area and the carrier you choose. They reported speeds over 80 MBPS near LTE+ base stations dropping to 1 MBPS a few miles away. Tower. So you need to choose Carrier plans with the best and strongest LTE signal where you will use your hotspot/router to ensure the best speed.
All of their plans require no contracts and no credit checks! These are monthly plans, and each payment will be prepaid for you over the next 30 days. You can cancel the subscription at any time. Just return the hotspot to Unlimitedville.
Plus, they offer a 14-day money-back guarantee so that you can try their service risk-free. If the service doesn’t meet your needs, return the device for a full refund.
Sounds good! Unfortunately, none of these options are for you.
The biggest name for satellite internet is HughesNet. Satellite internet won’t be the fastest internet connection you have. However, if there are no other options, satellite internet may be your best solution.
HughesNet has mixed reviews. For those who hate it, I think people often subscribe to HughesNet with unrealistic expectations. After all, we need to realize that it is practical for our signals to go all the way up into outer space and back again. This is an extraordinary technology. When reading negative reviews, this may be about HughesNet’s legacy system. HughesNet is now using a new Gen5 system that is better than ever.
The new 5G system
5G is the highest quality satellite internet service available. It’s powered by EchoStar XIX satellites that deliver broadband-grade speeds.
HughesNet has 10, 20, 30 40, and 50 GB monthly plans and each Gen5 plan comes with:
- High speed. 25 Mbps download, and 3 Mbps upload.
- Extra data.
- Between 2 am and 8 am.
- Built-in wireless network. Your HughesNet modem has built-in Wi-Fi ready to use anywhere in the house.
HughesNet also offers a mobile app to keep you connected to your plan where you can access your account information and manage settings directly from your smartphone. Other features include:
- Dosage meter. Use the Status Meter to quickly check your data usage and track how many days are left in your data cycle.
- Quick Login. Access your account information with your fingerprint to quickly view and manage your plan.
- Video data saver. Use the app to opt-in or out of data saver options so you can watch more videos with less data.