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Old 08-13-2016, 11:12 AM   #1
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We have a house that will be vacant for more than 50% of the year -- it's almost done with renovations now, and one thing I am thinking of adding is the Ring Doorbell Pro. The issue with the Ring (and I believe, any other similar IP-cameras) is that it needs an internet connection to be useful. Since the house will be unoccupied for most of the year, I'm trying to figure out if it's even cost-effective to sign up for an internet plan/contract all year round, rather than just when the occupants are in town?

Does anyone who has encountered this situation have any ideas/suggestions?
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Old 08-13-2016, 11:34 AM   #2
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Do you have a friendly neighbor whose house is close enough so that you can piggy-back off their wifi? Of course you would want to pay them a small fee or reciprocate in some other way.
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Hmmm, we do have a friendly neighbor that we could ask. I actually also live right across the street but my own signal is weak. Something worth thinking about though, thanks for the suggestion!
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Depending on the type of wifi you have and the specs, there may be ways to boost the signal so it is strong enough to go across the street. The details of that are beyond my tech knowledge.
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Used to be able to buy signal boosters at RADIO SHACK, I am not sure if they are still in business, both stores locally folded up after they were having financial difficulties many years ago.

You might be able to ask your provider about adding a device to the other place.

Beware of boosting too high, because then people from another street could pirate your signal and cause you big troubles.


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Pirates shouldn't be a problem is you secure the network and use a strong password.
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