[Hidden-tech] connecting in Leverett

Robert Heller heller at deepsoft.com
Thu Sep 3 19:13:28 EDT 2009

At Thu, 03 Sep 2009 15:01:05 -0400 andrew at stakeholderscapital.com wrote:

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> Hey HT,
> Trying to help a friend who moved to Leverett right near the Cushman 
> section of N. Amherst.
> What are suggestions for cellular and/or internet service there?  We 
> don't think verizon DSL nor Comcast Cable reach there and ATT cellular 
> gets no signal.

I think there is *Verizon* EVDO/3G (or whatever Verizon calls Internet
over celluar) service out of a cell tower somewhere N. Amherst, so you
have to get a *Verizon* 'Air Card'.  You can get an 'Air Card' (either
PCMCIA or USB) and use that.  It is possible to get a router that takes
a PCMCIA card and some PCMCIA cards can take a cable to a roof-top
antenna -- the router lets you connect up multiple desktop machines
(with CAT5 cables) or multiple laptops (802.11<mumble> WiFi).  The
antenna can be used to deal with a weak signal. Otherwise, your friend
is going to have to get one of those 'old fashioned' RS232 modems (yes,
they still make them and many of use still use them) and be reduced to
56K (or worse, given the cruddy nature of what passes for POTS up here
in the sticks).  That is right, *most* of us hilltown folk are still
using *dial-up* internet.  Verizon DSL *might* reach, but the phone
cables are cruddy and NOT up to spec -- DSL is supposed to reach 18,000
(a little over 3 miles) cable feet from the DSLAM, but where they have
put in DSLAMs (southern Leverett and Shutsburry), the signal is not
quite reaching 2 miles (< 10,000 feet).

> Thanks,
> Andrew
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