How to Stay Connected to the Internet In Your Off Grid Home

Written by on January 11, 2016 in Economy, Loans and Frugal Living with 11 Comments


By Mac Slavo | Activist Post

This off-grid couple faced a dilemma – their hard-earned sustainable life is supported by income earned from the Internet, yet they worked so hard to get away from it all.

Until they figured out this solution, they were driving back to civilization several times a week to work in cafes and other access points.

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Now, Nick and Esther have connected with a rural WiFi provider using a line-of-sight pole mounted with a wireless receiver. Ethernet cable is then run underground into their off-grid home.

Via the Fouch-o-matic Off Grid channel on YouTube:

While the technological solution isn’t exactly purist for homesteaders, it reflects a practical way in which more and more rural people will be able to keep in touch with the Internet while living the off-grid, homestead or prepper lifestyle that they have worked to so hard to create and sustain.

Several rural communities in Europe and the United States have begun creating their own Internet service, allowing autonomy and self-reliance with web access in areas that most ISPs see no corporate benefit from providing service to.

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Michael Krieger reported:

I covered some of these in the 2013 post: Meet The Meshnet: A New Wave of Decentralized Internet Access

Faced with a local ISP that couldn’t provide modern broadband, Orcas Island residents designed their ownnetwork and built it themselves. The nonprofit Doe Bay Internet Users Association (DBIUA), founded by Sutton, Brems, and a few friends, now provide Internet service to a portion of the island. It’s a wireless network with radios installed on trees and houses in the Doe Bay portion of Orcas Island. Those radios get signals from radios on top of a water tower, which in turn receive a signal from a microwave tower across the water in Mount Vernon, Washington.

Faced with CenturyLink service that was slow and outage-prone, residents gathered at a community potluck and lamented their current connectivity.

“Everyone was asking, ‘what can we do?’” resident Chris Brems recalls. “Then [Chris] Sutton stands up and says, ‘Well, we can do it ourselves.’”

The future may look pretty bleak in most respects, but if the system doesn’t totally collapse, America may see a worthwhile resettlement and resurgence among some very bright and determined freedom lovers who will understand that technology of the present and future must serve the needs of individual freedom and survival without the need for government.

There are several new and exciting alternatives for off-the-grid and rural people that are becoming feasible to implement – particularly in group or community settings.

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Even if Internet access itself is not maintained in the event of a severe grid-down scenario, the spirit of resilience will pay off in skills, problem solving and mutual support for a community that has figured out these type of solutions.

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  1.' Penny Race says:

    Who lives like this really ?

  2.' Jessica Dawn says:

    No I don’t see how it’s off grid,living at all. But when I comment this elsewhere I get crucified and told to kill myself on other off grid sites. I’m sure you can still be tracked down by using the internet by satalites therefore located on some grid, maybe not electrical but still using some form of grid.

    •' Jessica Dawn says:

      Just by using the internet itself you are using a grid somewhere, maybe generating your own electric via solar but the internet is held in giant warehouses using lots of the grid, so you therefore are using “the grid”. I honestly don’t care and would live like this as well. Its like vegetarians eating meat once a month. They are still doing less harm to the planet than 95% of the world

  3.' Reenie Rogers says:

    It’s a lot of work to live like this, even with the internet. There’s no switches to flip on the lights, or refrigeration, or whathaveyou. Bravo for their experience and the children have seen first hand about being self reliant and hands on.

  4.' Bruce Truelsen says:


  5.' Kathryn Benbow says:

    No thanks.

  6.' Suzanne says:

    Since when has the term off grid meant “hiding” so you could not be found? I applaud what these people are doing so they can live the life they chose. They are, in any way whatsoever, not bound by other people’s opinions or definitions of how to live a life.

  7.' James P Moon says:

    What’s the point in going off grid if you’re still using a computer.

  8.' Allov Iza Dru says:

    Justin Ayres

  9.' Erik says:

    This gives people freedom to have access to information and be able to completely turn it off and step away from it when needed. Adding in type of energy clearing and emf protection device can help to offset the radiation coming from microwave antennas.

    Best would be to have li-fi internet run by light then no need for towers and everyone could be free

  10.' Stacie Wong Forst says:

    Using a computer while off the grid?!

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