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New shop! #8: Shop Essentials

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Blog entry by Steve Felsheim posted 08-29-2016 03:52 PM 597 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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While working on the dust collection pipe installation fiasco, it was brought to my immediate attention that 26 ga metal is sharp. So…

Figured I may as well get the fire extinguisher while I was at it. Having a fire is the wrong way to be reminded of getting a fire extinguisher :-)

And, equally important, High speed internet.

My shop is in the middle of nowhere, so no traditional Internet options (cable/DSL) are no good.

I had two options, satellite or cellular. Satellite is expensive and notoriously unreliable. I get zero cell coverage inside my shop (its a metal building after all), but I do get a decent signal outside.

Talking to the Verizon people, we came up with a solution. Its really fast (> 50MB down), and works perfectly!! The price is much more reasonable than satellite. A super antenna / receiver mounted on the outside and a wireless router on the inside.

Verizon installed the unit for me, and with a 2 year contract, I didn’t have to pay for the hardware.

It was amazingly painless.



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EarlS

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#1 posted 08-30-2016 05:27 PM

Your comment about having a fire extinguisher made me realize that I don’t have one in my shop.

The internet isn’t such a big deal to me since the house is only a few step away.

One word of warning, though, make sure your sensitive electronics are all on a GOOD surge protector. I just finished buying a new cable modem and wifi router and spent a couple of nights trying to get it all working after they got smoked by a lightning strike.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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Steve Felsheim

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#2 posted 09-30-2016 01:35 PM

Thanks!! I had forgot all about a surge protector! Got a good one, and installed.


Your comment about having a fire extinguisher made me realize that I don t have one in my shop.

The internet isn t such a big deal to me since the house is only a few step away.

One word of warning, though, make sure your sensitive electronics are all on a GOOD surge protector. I just finished buying a new cable modem and wifi router and spent a couple of nights trying to get it all working after they got smoked by a lightning strike.

- EarlS


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