2021 Archive

Friday, July 2, 2021

June was an exciting month for networking in the Northwoods, with lots of new data collection activity.

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Monday, June 21, 2021

If you're seeing this post, DNS has updated, and you've been directed to my new blog hosting. If I've done everything correctly, all of my previous posts are available here, at the same URLs. Hopefully I've even set up the Atom feed so that anyone using a feed reader has been automatically redirected as well.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

I said at the end of last month that I was looking forward to writing this month's update. Mid-month, I built a tower and got Dishy up in the air, hoping to cure my obstructions. So how did it go?

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Thursday, May 27, 2021

It has been a little over 14 months since I finished my dresser. I've learned a few things that I'll consider during my next build, like how epoxy doesn't really stick to slate, and how heavy that much 4/4 cherry is. But the most surprising one has been the reaction to humidity.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

One reason I haven't worked on fixing my obstructions before now is that winter makes the ground impenetrable, and the roofs treacherous. The second reason is that I didn't want to attempt any solutions without having data to guide me.

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

This one is a bit of a shorter update, because there's not a lot new to report. Outages remain frequent, and longer, like they did in March. Starlink announced that they would be rolling out an update that would allow the dish to change which satellite it's connected to when it sees an obstruction. If that has made it to my dish, I haven't noticed its effects.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Every time I post pictures of a project I've completed, someone will ask if I have plans I can share. I never do. I have sketches with numbers near them, but I am confident that no one would be able to interpret them. If it has been too long since I made the project, I might have trouble interpreting them myself!

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Friday, April 2, 2021

Another month has passed, in which I continued to use Starlink as my primary internet service, except when I needed to make Facetime or Zoom calls. From a subjective standpoint, I can tell you this: March was a far more frustrating experience than February.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Hello, BeerRiot Blog readers! I’m Amanda, Bryan’s wife. Bryan has offered to let me guest-post on his blog and share some things that are more aligned to my interests than his. Like Bryan, I have varied interests and hobbies, and among them is personal finance.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

I've continued to analyze and plot more information about Starlink outages. I've also collected three more weeks of nearly continuous data, so it's time to review how quality of service has changed.

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Sunday, February 14, 2021

Update, June 2021. This month, Starlink released an update to their mobile app that produces an image similar to what I was trying here. Hopefully some day they talk publicly about the feature, so I can lean how far off I was on implementation details.

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Saturday, February 6, 2021

In my last post, I talked about how frequent, short outages prevent video calling from being comfortable on Starlink. If you were curious about exactly how short and how frequent I meant, this post is for you.

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Saturday, February 6, 2021

At the end of my last post about the state of rural internet, I mentioned that we were about to try something new: Starlink by SpaceX. We've been using it as our primary internet connection for two weeks now, and TL;DR it would be tough to give it up, but it does have some limitations.

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Monday, January 25, 2021

The fastest internet speed I can buy at my house is a nominal 25Mbps down / 5Mbps up. That's slower than some can get less than a mile down the road, but faster than others can get just a bit beyond that. It costs $112 per month, which is also more expensive than what's available to some neighbors, and cheaper than others.

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