Wi-Fi For Those Living Off The Grid

 DIY Internet Solutions: Just because you live off the grid doesn't mean you can't have InternetDIY Internet Solutions: Just because you live off the grid doesn't mean you can't have Internet


Living off the grid may be admirable, but it’s not without its disadvantages to some. Yes, it helps in reducing your impact on the planet and its dwindling resources, as we know them, but it can also result in more traveling getting to modern conveniences that you may still require. This inevitably leads to increased trips that ultimately contribute to the problem of pollution, unless you’re riding a bicycle or hooking up the old horse and buggy to get into town. For those folks who are determined to reduce their carbon footprint but still need Internet on occasion, there’s hope yet for solving your dilemma. That solution is do-it-yourself Wi-Fi.


Living Green: DIY Internet Solutions: Going off the gridLiving Green: DIY Internet Solutions: Going off the grid


DIY Internet Solutions

Thousands of people who have embraced the less-is-more attitude and those hoping to go green have discovered you can create your own DIY Internet connection a lot more easily than expected. This can be accomplished by connecting with a rural Wi-Fi provider using a device called a line-of-sight pole mounted with a wireless receiver. Ethernet cable is then run underground into your off-grid home. While the use of this technology isn’t exactly being a purest in the truest sense of the word for throwback-pioneer “homesteaders,” it’s a nifty solution that’s giving many people a way of staying connected to the outside world for practical reasons.

Staying Connected

Just because you want to live off the grid doesn’t mean you want to be a hermit. Lots of families have worked hard to go green, and preppers want to be ready for “the big one,” but not everyone shunning the trappings of excess can or wants to go completely off the radar. This could be said for businesses like the Starlight Llama B&B in Massachusetts, a 65-acre animal and eco-friendly hotel that still needs to take reservations and maintain a web presence in order to survive. Reportedly, there are several rural communities in Europe and the U.S. that have begun developing their own Internet service, which allows autonomy and self-reliance with web access in areas that most ISPs just don’t see any financial benefit in.


Orcas Island in Washington State: Community members on Orcas Island designed & implemented their own InternetOrcas Island in Washington State: Community members on Orcas Island designed & implemented their own Internet


The Pacific Northwest

Besides the glorious terrain and magnificent views in the Pacific Northwest, it’s become known as a place to drop out of society in its more rural regions. Not everyone is holed up in a shack in the backwoods, though. There are plenty of places where people just want to live in small-town America and enjoy clean air and relative safety from things like crime. Take Orcas Island, a beautiful island in the San Juan Islands chain situated in the northwestern corner of Washington State. The remote enclave you need a ferry to access thrives on tourism and needed reliable Internet service, which was woefully lacking until recently.

Community Internet Efforts

Deciding to take matters into their own hands, a group of citizens got together there and resolved to design and create their own Internet services through a method described as meshnet, decentralized Internet access for residents to use in place of the outdated CenturyLink service provider already in the area. The point is, it can be done. Whether you live in a community or you’re one man or woman taking your own path in life, maintaining Internet and staying connected to the world can be achieved while living a greener, simpler lifestyle.