Guests have long been interested in WIFI availability in MRA houses.
We’ve made a big step in that direction this year. Thanks to a clever family who brought an antenna and associated
equipment to Seagontz, we learned that it is possible to not only improve cell phone reception but also create a WIFI HotSpot connection, even at our most remote house. The Seagontz guests brought along a port that connects to
the antenna and a cell phone. A smart phone, seated in the port, can be used as a personal HotSpot - and thus they had WIFI. When we visited to ask about the unexpected antenna, we saw at least four computers and tablets in
use. MRA has already installed an antenna and port in the A-frame (required for remotely monitoring the new PV system), and we plan to install a similar unit for Seagontz this spring. It does mean that guests need to be
familiar with getting a smart phone switched into the HotSpot mode.
Cell phone reception at the top of the mountain in Eyrie is usually good enough for establishing a HotSpot at this site.
That leaves 1877
house still without wifi but we’ll see how things work at the other houses before making that change.