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Response to Kaleva (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 12, 2014, 04:03 PM

5. That could be a way to go.

First, you need to check with phone company to see if DSL would work in that location. Distance from closest switching station is crucial.
If it does offer a good DSL connection, then you can get everything else through the internet. TV, phone (VOIP), music, Netflix.

Then, all you need is a couple of solar panels and deep cycle batteries. Inverter is optional, but a small one should suffice. 12 volt flat screen TV's are pretty cheap. You can also run a router on 12 volt, to create your own wifi hotspot for tablet and laptop, Roku box etc..

I only use my laptop when I need the extra computing power for certain applications. The rest of the time I use my Iphone or Samsung Galaxy tablet.

Right now, I'm actually running an 8,000 btu A/C unit off my inverter for about 5/6 hours a day, 'cos it's 100+ degrees outside. I have 10x 6volt Trojan 125 golf cart batteries and 4 solar panels (2x130watt and 2x135watt, all Kyocera).

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