Tag: Security

January 2016 Visit

by on Jan.31, 2016, under Electrical, Security

We’re doing some remodelling down in the valley, so I needed to come up and borrow some of my tools that I had stored at the Ranch.  Since I was making the trip, I used this time to upgrade one of the security cameras to provide a much more detailed high-resolution capture when motion was detected.  With the old camera, I had a hard time distinguishing who had been captured by the camera, because the photos were of such low resolution.  The new camera takes much clearer pictures, and when I view them at full resolution, I can zoom in to see minute details.

HikVision Security Camera

HikVision Security Camera

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Getting ready for Satellite Internet

by on Jul.07, 2012, under Security

We decided that having internet available at the LittleHouse would have several advantages…

1. We could have 24×7 video surveilance of the place

2. Our cellphones (mine for sure, maybe Tara’s) can use the wireless router to connect to the cell phone network, instead of having to remote down from the mountain, as we do now.

3. Several Ham Radio possibilities, including echolink (easy) and remote HF operation (harder and more $$).

4. Remote monitoring of water levels, power generation, power usage, weather conditions.

5. Remote control of site facilities (forgot to turn off water pump? No problem!)

So we ordered Satellite Internet from ViaSat (formerly WildBlue).  They just launched a new satellite, and promised very good service (5 MB/sec download, 1mb/sec upload).

Since we have a metal roof, I did not want any holes in it, so we decided to pole mount the dish.  This requires an 8′ schedule 40 steel pole, set in concrete 3′ deep. and filled with concrete to make it stiff.  The provider said he normally charges $160 to put such a pole in, and that would have been a bargain, but I wanted to do it myself, anyway.

Here is what I ended up doing…

Pole set in concrete, with riser column to protect it some

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