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#5698937 - 04/14/15 07:09 AM WiFi at the ranch?
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Okay....so, I have a little more than a "hunting camp"... I got that. I know many of you have a ranch that is not "roughing it" and you probably get a few jokes once in a while. It's all good, but I am curious. Is WiFi in all the deer stands going too far for you?

We have a ...pretty nice cabin, I think. We have electricity... lots of A/C (enough to make the wife grab a blanket on the hottest day of the year.. heh), a couple refrigerators (gotta have one just for the drinks, right?), and momma does not have to find a bush. So... we needed a phone line so we could reach momma or the kids at any time. The best "deal" came with Internet, right? So.. I had a 24ft antenna laying around (after I paid for it.. lol)... and figured, "why not add a camera to watch the deer when we are not there?" right? bif bam boom, 5 cameras later (mostly watching the cabin atm) and we have wifi around the ranch (okay.. it was only working for last weekend...we were waiting on a part before we installed it permanently)....that came in, so we will go down next month and hook it all up again.

So.. since it is early, I ramble.. but to ME.. I like being able to send texts and pictures from my stand. Sure, when I was a kid, we did not do this.. but.. we also did not have cell phones :P

Would you do it if you had the ability?

Does it take away from the "fun" you have?

Russ
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#5698999 - 04/14/15 07:55 AM Re: WiFi at the ranch? [Re: JohnRussell]
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I would do it. I don't see any negatives. The positive for me would be if I had work come up I wasn't planning on that would allow me to get it done and hunt at the same time. up
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#5699017 - 04/14/15 08:10 AM Re: WiFi at the ranch? [Re: JohnRussell]
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I don't know about wifi, but i take my phone with me out to my blind and enjoy being able to use it to go online while it's too dark to see anything. I also have a book and some magazines in there to read when it's light enough to see and I'm not seeing anything.

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#5699055 - 04/14/15 08:31 AM Re: WiFi at the ranch? [Re: JohnRussell]
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For me it would be taking away from the reason I go hunting, that is to get away from the day to day. I would not do it if it were me on my place.
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#5699135 - 04/14/15 09:21 AM Re: WiFi at the ranch? [Re: JohnRussell]
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I hear ya, stx. I really only added the wifi for a phone, but now it gives me the ability to log in from home and watch a live feed. It is not fancy.. cannot see a lot.. but I can see deer running around sometimes, and makes me feel like I am there a little.. heh

The rest is just because it is there :P

Nothing like getting a text from a buddy that there is a big buck in front of him, then calling him and reminding him his ringer is on.. cackle!

Russ
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#5699170 - 04/14/15 09:40 AM Re: WiFi at the ranch? [Re: JohnRussell]
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At the ranch I hunt on we have cell coverage on most of the stands from an AT&T tower across the highway from the front gate. The only wifi we have is at the main house. Not many use the wifi but the cell coverage has been a god-send for us for getting downed animals and emergency situations.
I like the idea of being able to log in and watch cameras though.
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#5699177 - 04/14/15 09:44 AM Re: WiFi at the ranch? [Re: JohnRussell]
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I like having my phone but I don't use it too much because at several of my stands, if you aren't really paying attention they'll be in and out of the available shot before you can put the phone down and get ready.
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#5699430 - 04/14/15 11:37 AM Re: WiFi at the ranch? [Re: JohnRussell]
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We have 4G service in all our blinds so the added cost of wifi is not necessary. Grandkids would love wifi at camp but I would rather them be outdoors when they are there. They get all the PC time they need at home.

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#5699478 - 04/14/15 11:57 AM Re: WiFi at the ranch? [Re: Pitchfork Predator]
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Originally Posted By: Pitchfork Predator
I would do it. I don't see any negatives. The positive for me would be if I had work come up I wasn't planning on that would allow me to get it done and hunt at the same time. up


I "sorta" feel the same way, just another nice amenity, but if you are going to do a "little work" while hunting, might as well stay at the office and hunt online and let the remote rifle do it's job. scared

I say if it makes financial sense to you, wire the blinds up. I'm not in mine long enough to consider that expense, even if I had boatloads of cash.
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#5699499 - 04/14/15 12:05 PM Re: WiFi at the ranch? [Re: JohnRussell]
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Oh, we do not open the wifi up totally.. i.e. it is just for making a call or sending a text so people can stay connected in an emergency. It is only 3mbps... so not really that fast heh.

I just like sending texts or a picture to the kids once in a while while I am waiting wink

Russ
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#5699519 - 04/14/15 12:13 PM Re: WiFi at the ranch? [Re: JohnRussell]
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I would do it so I could work from there. If I had wifi where I hunted I would spend all of November there.
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#5699616 - 04/14/15 01:07 PM Re: WiFi at the ranch? [Re: JohnRussell]
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As I've mentioned in other threads, I use the Wi-Fi hotspot capability from my iPad to provide Internet and VPN access to my employer network (via my laptop) and work from my trailer as easily as working from the home or office. And of course, a separate cell phone allows me to make calls as needed. I just have to be careful that the sounds of the cows in the pasture are not heard on conference calls when I use speakerphone capability. For the most important calls, I use a headset and mute as needed. I've also answered emails and can access instant messaging from the deer blind using the iPad, even though I'm off the clock at the time. There are times when you want to stay informed, even though you're not officially on the job.

Just be careful of data charges if you're on a measured plan for your own personal use.
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#5699621 - 04/14/15 01:11 PM Re: WiFi at the ranch? [Re: JohnRussell]
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I was looking at the DirectTV option, but it was a 10gb limit and I did not want overage charges.

So, instead, we opted to buy the equipment for a point to point telephone system that gives us 3mbps unlimited. It was about $5k, but we got to make payments and pay it off over 3 years and then it is only the monthly charges of the internet itself.

Russ
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#5699648 - 04/14/15 01:25 PM Re: WiFi at the ranch? [Re: JohnRussell]
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I have Direct TV in my Camper, I enjoy watching the news and weather before bed and the phone helps the sit if its slow but I dont think I would utilize enough to warrant the Wifi Mr. Russell..
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#5699655 - 04/14/15 01:27 PM Re: WiFi at the ranch? [Re: JohnRussell]
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Originally Posted By: JohnRussell
I was looking at the DirectTV option, but it was a 10gb limit and I did not want overage charges.

So, instead, we opted to buy the equipment for a point to point telephone system that gives us 3mbps unlimited. It was about $5k, but we got to make payments and pay it off over 3 years and then it is only the monthly charges of the internet itself.

Russ


If it allows you to remain work productive at a time when you would not be otherwise, it makes complete sense. Of course, the value it brings in being able to mix work and pleasure is not to be missed. So long as workers remain project focused and meet their deadlines or satisfy sales quotas, all is good.

Those who still believe that workers must be "at work" to be productive are ingnoring the power in today's distributed workforce. Not only has greater mobility made people more productive, it helps improve overall quality of work and the amount of time workers stay plugged into their projects.

Again, work is not a place but what you get done.
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