Bringing WiFi Connectivity To Your Off Grid Home: “We Can Do It Ourselves”

Hey Flee. Maybe this can help you.

SHTF Plan – by Mac Slavo

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.  

off-grid-internet-wifiNow, 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.

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 somevery 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 is becoming feasible to implement – particular in group or community settings.

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.

4 thoughts on “Bringing WiFi Connectivity To Your Off Grid Home: “We Can Do It Ourselves”

  1. So whats wrong with satellite?
    Your generator runs on fuel or your solar panels are made somewhere else. So how “off grid” is “off grid”?
    I would think Satellite would be pretty off grid.

    Especially if you get 99 others to form a district and then purchase space on one of the many sats with available bandwidth not being used. You avoid many franchise taxes and fees because you are paying for it up front. Instead of paying a billing company who doles out the FRNs to the actual owners of the poles and wire.,.,.,?.,.,.,. In many cases funds go to “paying” a bond measure that was approved locally.

    Now that’s off-grid! imo.
    sorry for

    1. on a side note,
      i want to live on an island in a yurt but god be damned if my momma luvin interwebs is going to be missing or slow!

      Like ‘these people round here’ who move dozens of miles from a small city just to live 1 on top the next. Sweet! It takes 45minuets to get milk AND you get to hear your neighbor being a drunk homo at noon and 2am. YAH!

  2. I’m still working on the indoor plumbing issue. Thx for the article.
    Probably jet gonna go sat. Possibly a micro fm too.

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