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  • #97935

    Ryan
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    DDDAAAANNNNGGGGG!!!!!! I gotta leave Cali, dang that is pretty ideal looking to me and my “taste”.  That shop even has a outdoor work area. The no fence thing is weird to me but so is having houses so far away from each other, both of which are awesome. Dude, love it!

    #97936

    David Walling
    Participant

    Half the backyard is fenced. There’s a wooden fence on one side and iron on the rest. We get a lot of straight-line winds in Texas. Big wooden fences don’t do well in those conditions. The iron fences also allow a nice breeze through them and keeps the backyard from getting stuffy.

    The property goes all the way back to the big tree in the back. The plan is to fence in some more of the back yard and get chickens and put a vegetable garden in back there. I want to put a redbud tree in the front yard.

    #98005

    Barry
    Participant

    Nice!

    #98166

    David Walling
    Participant

    Hopefully ya’ll aren’t tired of hearing about my adventure yet…

    Today was inspection day at the new house. I called in sick to work so I could be there. I like to look over the property while the inspector is going on. I tend to crawl around the attic, walk the entire property line, and poke around in all the corners.

    I took my tape measure. The shop is in fact 26×47 on the inside. There’s quite a few built-ins and all the walls have plywood screwed to the metal walls. What I didn’t notice the first time through the house is the shop also has a 5ton air conditioner/heat pump mounted in the corner of it and water running to it. I think the shop is nicer than my first apartment. I’m afraid to find out what that’s going to cost to actually run, but we’ll find out the hard way.

    The rest of the house really is as nice as the pictures make it look. The inspector didn’t find anything too bad/nasty. We’ll have a few concessions to ask for from the sellers, but it shouldn’t be too bad.

    There’s 1 major downside to the house. The house is in a broadband dead zone on the map. The only two options are wireless internet or satellite. The current owner uses viasat. I’m going to have my realtor see if I can ask him some questions about it.

    #98168

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    The house is in a broadband dead zone on the map.

    NO!!!!!!! That sucks. I am not familiar with the other options.

    #98173

    Barry
    Participant

    My parents have viasat.  Go with the wifi.  On the really good days we can hit almost 10mbps.  It’s usually around 3mbps.  I was actually looking into erecting a couple towers and just doing a point to point shot to their house from mine, but their property is too small for the guy wires.  Need about 75 feet to clear a woods between us.  Straight shot is only 5 miles and I get gigabit, their only option so far is viasat, but spectrum is hanging fiber down their street, so maybe this fall or next spring they can get real internet.  I was talking to the viasat installer when he was putting the dish on their roof, they were supposed to be able to do 100mbps off the satellite, but the company that launched it, messed up one of the antennas, so it’s stuck at 20mbps.

    #98174

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    the company that launched it, messed up one of the antennas

    That has to have really messed up the company’s bottom line, yikes.

    #98177

    Jeffeb3
    Participant

    I love inspections too. Nice to hear it’s in good shape. A friend of mine has poor internet in his dream house. Apparently, Netflix will just mail discs to you? Who knew 🙂

    I’m super jealous of that shop. I would definitely install a DVD player and spend all weekend out there while the kids watch TV. I can only convince them to do about 20 minutes of sweeping before we get bored right now.

    #98184

    Barry
    Participant

    I love inspections too. Nice to hear it’s in good shape. A friend of mine has poor internet in his dream house. Apparently, Netflix will just mail discs to you? Who knew 🙂

    I’m super jealous of that shop. I would definitely install a DVD player and spend all weekend out there while the kids watch TV. I can only convince them to do about 20 minutes of sweeping before we get bored right now.

    Get a cheap roomba clone, then remote control it.  Actually get two, then you can have races in the shop with them, and clean the floor at the same time!

    #98266

    Jeffeb3
    Participant

    That’s a good idea. Too bad my 10’x16′ shop doesn’t have the room for roomba races.

    #98594

    David Walling
    Participant

    That’s a good idea. Too bad my 10’x16′ shop doesn’t have the room for roomba races.

    I’m surprised a 10×16 shop has room for both you and the kids 🙂

    Looks like wireless will be on the menu. I did a bunch of research and one of the biggest issues with satellite is that VPN connections don’t play well with the delay.

    I’m going to see if I can get on a small-business plan with one of the fixed wireless carriers. That should hopefully provide a little more QOS plus it comes with unlimited data instead of the 700G limit.

    #98595

    Barry
    Participant

    Something else to look out for.  Most wireless ISP’s hand out private IP addresses.  So you’re already behind a firewall.  I’ve run into issues with clients wanting to be able to connect to their camera systems.  The ISP wouldn’t do any natting for us, luckily the camera system has a cloud option.

    #98597

    Jeffeb3
    Participant

    That should hopefully provide a little more QOS plus it comes with unlimited data instead of the 700G limit.

    After you factor in uptime, and speed, and the fact that you’re not using it 100% of the time, is the 700GB actually going to matter?

    #98598

    David Walling
    Participant

    I’m not sure. I’m more interested in the higher QOS than the unlimited bandwidth part.

    #98619

    Geoffrey
    Participant

    I guess the question is, are they going to lock you in to a contract or can you switch between tiers if you don’t like one?

    I just had the inspection done on our new place, I didn’t walk along with him, but he took me through the walkthrough after, wow was he a picky SOB!  He found stuff that I wouldn’t have even thought to look for.  I’m hoping we get a few seller concessions to help out… I would never try to stick someone with $15K though! That’s highway robbery!

    That place is GORGEOUS though, maybe someday when my wife hits the big time… :).

    How far are you from actual broadband service?  I agree that SAT doesn’t play well with VPN, way too much latency for time based keys.

    Maybe some enterprising company will build out broadband in the neighborhood?

    #98621

    David Walling
    Participant

    Suddenlink and People’s Telephone coop both have broadband in a neighborhood right down the street. I’m hoping it means they’re building towards us.

    Yes. Inspectors do find everything. It’s what you want them to do as that’s what you’re paying them for. Unfortunately, when you’re selling that goes both ways. I know we budgeted the selling price of our house so that we still had room to make concessions for stuff on the house. I knew going in that the pool needed some work.

    #98640

    Geoffrey
    Participant

    Maybe you could find a neighbor in the serviced area to set up PTP wifi for you! 😀

    I actually own a couple of PTP routers that I’m not using anymore, and they have a 5km line of sight range.

    If you ever decide to try that solution, let me know.  I’ll send them to you for the cost of freight.  They were going to be a solution to share a connection on my uncle’s property, and I had them working.  Then I got an amazing deal on some Luma mesh wifi routers, and I was able to bridge the gap with those.

    So really they are still attached to his building for decorative purposes… and will probably stay there for the next 15 years until I have a reason to take them down.

    #98641

    David Walling
    Participant

    What’s the speed on those routers? I’m looking for a solution to get internet from the house to the shop. I think it only needs to go 30 ft. Right now I’m considering running fiber between two unifi switches. Cost is going to be about 2-300 dollars.

    #98650

    Barry
    Participant

    Unless it’s metal sided walls, 30 feet shouldn’t be an issue with regular wifi.  I was still connecting at almost 150 feet with a standard ubiquity access point in my house to the barn.  I’m doing point to point now for the extra bandwidth.

    #98653

    David Walling
    Participant

    It is a metal building. And the 30 feet is the corner of the shop to the corner of the house. My plan is to run a fiber line between two switches and then have an access point mounted in the middle of the shop and another one in the middle of the house. I’m considering a wireless bridge between the two switches using ubiquity gear. We’ll see. I have a few months to decide. I really want the wired because I plan on putting poe cameras on the back of the shop pointing at the back door.

    #98662

    Barry
    Participant

    It was going to be too far for me to run fiber to the barn, so I’m running a couple litebeams.  Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay overkill for less than 200 feet, but I wanted to test them out for work as well.  I have 200mbps to the barn now, with an older uap outdoor providing wifi to the barn.

     

    #98689

    David Walling
    Participant

    I’m thinking I’ll go with a pair of these:

    https://store.ui.com/products/litebeam-5ac-gen2

    I’m not going a huge distance and these should have more than enough throughput for me for what I need to do in the garage.

    #98695

    Jeffeb3
    Participant

    Why not save the $130 for some stepper motors and make a cantenna?

    How To Make a Wi-Fi Antenna Out Of a Pringles Can

    We needed a directional wifi antenna at work to look for rogue wifi signals (paranoid security dept.). The commercial product was basically a pringles can on a tripod.

    #98697

    David Walling
    Participant

    I may still have one floating around from my war-driving days.

    At this time in my life. I’d rather spend an extra few dollars on a more robust device.

    #99016

    Barry
    Participant

    Heh, I’ve got a pair of those in the work car at the moment.  Installing a point to point for a veterinarian clinic.  They bought a building across the street and are planning on slowly transitioning over there.  Main internet will still be in the old building, so we’re doing two separate point to point connections, one for data, and the second for cameras.

    #99017

    David Walling
    Participant

    I’m hoping to be able to mount a camera on the back of the shop. These should be able to handle the minimal network usage of the shop (streaming music, occasional video) plus the 1 camera.

    #99023

    Geoffrey
    Participant

    What’s the speed on those routers? I’m looking for a solution to get internet from the house to the shop. I think it only needs to go 30 ft. Right now I’m considering running fiber between two unifi switches. Cost is going to be about 2-300 dollars.

    Here’s the full specs.  You can have them for the cost of packing and shipping.

    https://www.monoprice.com/product?c_id=303&cp_id=10521&cs_id=3030501&p_id=16140&seq=1&format=2

    #99033

    David Walling
    Participant

    https://www.monoprice.com/product?c_id=303&cp_id=10521&cs_id=3030501&p_id=16140&seq=1&format=2

    The descriptions says it uses a proprietary POE injector. Will it not work with a switch that provides POE?

    Let me get settled into the new home and I might hit you up for them. Right now, I’m still not 100% sure whether or not there’s a cable already ran to the shop.

    #99043

    Geoffrey
    Participant

    I honestly don’t know if they will work with a normal POE switch, but I will send the supplied ones along with them if necessary.

    #99613

    David Walling
    Participant

    It’s another week down. We’ve had quite a few more showings, but no more offers yet. We’re coming up on 37 days on the market. The current average for the area is 47 days. One of the comments we keep getting is, “you have a beautiful home, we just didn’t realize how far out it was.”… I’m like, “You don’t know how to use google maps???”

    The new house is pretty much all squared away at this point. All the loan paperwork has been completed and has been approved. The inspection went well and the appraisal has been paid for.

    We were smart enough to put a contingency for the buying of the new house on the selling of the current one, but that doesn’t make this any less stressful. For things to go nice and smoothly, we need an offer by end of next week. After that, things start to get rushed.

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