Upgrading

We live in a 100 year old log cabin in a beautiful redwood forest about 15 miles from the heart of Silicon Valley. There’s a lot to love about it, the trees, the creeks, the quiet, and more.

One thing that’s not so great is the internet connectivity. Cable doesn’t make it out here. The trees are too tall for traditional satellite. We’re too far from the nearest teleco office for DSL. The closest cell coverage is about 3 miles away. And forget about fiber ever making it here.

So, for the last 11.5 years, we’ve relied on a small wireless ISP for our internet connectivity. Even that was a bit of a chore, requiring us to mount the radio and antenna near the top of a 200 foot tall redwood. We still weren’t able to get line of sight and the signal moves through the tree tops so our speed is limited to about 1.5 Mbps.

Before the pandemic, this slow speed was tolerable because if I needed a fast connection, I could go to the office. But now, working from home full-time, with lots of videoconferencing, the slow speeds are starting to be a real problem. I have to ask Deanna to get off the computer when I take a meeting and that’s usually several hours a day 🙁

This is why Starlink is so exciting. Going from 1.5 Mbps to 150 Mbps is going to be a game changer. We’ll be able to stream television in HD! We’ll be able to videoconference and surf the web at the same time. I won’t have to drive up the mountain to a cell signal to do software updates for our computers and phones.

If you see me posting a lot about Starlink over the coming weeks and months, that’s why.

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