Category Archives: Cabin

Is This Blog Dead?

Short answer: pretty much, but I’ll still keep it around for the archived material, such as my bicycle trip across the USA, and my Kenmore dryer mounting hardware post which seems to be of use to many. Also a couple of posts on using Open Street Maps and using my Garmin for on-bike navigation seem to be of interest to more than me!

I’d say that I don’t have the time to post, but that’s not entirely true. It’s just that, in general, I’d rather not spend the time writing about doing something, when I could be spending more time doing it!

One other update from mid-2019: I disabled all commenting on this site. The spammers are getting more creative, and since I rarely post, the spam battle is not worth fighting.

D-Link DIR-605L Cloud Router Review

As I’ve described in previous posts, I previously had issues with intermittent DSL at my mountain cabin. Furthermore, my internet connection there is PPPoE, so I would get a new IP address every time the internet dropped and reconnected. That made it hard to access my webcams and other devices remotely, since the Dynamic DNS couldn’t keep up with the frequent IP address changes.

So I picked up the D-Link DIR-605L “cloud” router pretty inexpensively for $25. My only interest in getting this router was for its “cloud” functionality. Continue reading

Mountain Cabin DSL Saga: Part 3 (and hopefully last!)

Picking up the story where we last left off (again), I leased a new modem from my DSL provider, and after installation my service immediately returned to full speed. Problem solved! Until a snowstorm came to town, then my connection dropped to dial up speeds. The speeds never returned to normal even after we dried out from the storm.

So on a Sunday night, I packed my bags, and headed up to the cabin. I would stay up there until the problem was fixed. Good thing I work from home and have a Verizon Jetpack Mifi to connect to the Internet (for short term use, not a viable long term solution due to data caps!). Continue reading

Mountain Cabin DSL Saga, Part 2

So our story picks up after where we last left off in the DSL saga at the cabin. Residents in town were waiting for many months (a couple of years actually) for additional DSL capacity, since there are no other viable internet alternatives. Then last September, I was finally able to upgrade from 1.0 Mbps to 3.0 Mbps!

But when I last posted, I didn’t have any long term experience as to how the speed upgrade worked out. Since then, I noticed that my Speedstream 4100 modem would lose sync frequently. I thought that might have been due to EMF interference from the UPS being too close. Continue reading

Cabin DSL Speed Upgrade – Finally!

After months (years?) of paying for 1.0 Mbps DSL (and usually getting slower speeds), I was finally able to to upgrade to 3.0 Mbps!

One minor hiccup would be my connection type changing from DHCP to PPPoE. I remotely make the necessary changes to the router configuration (basically just the PPPoE username and password) in advance of the change, so that my service wouldn’t be interrupted. But then on 12:06AM of the day of the service change, I lost my internet connection. I figured it must have had to do with the changeover, maybe the modem needed to be power cycled, or something like that. So I had to make an unplanned visit to the cabin this weekend to get things working. Continue reading

New Wifi Radio Thermostat CT-30 for Cabin

As I mentioned in my previous post, for the new cabin thermostat, I finally settled on the same thermostat I have at home, the Radio Thermostat CT-30, with a list price of about $140. (Actually, I have the rebranded 3M Filtrete 3M-50, which is the same thing, but for $100 – though I picked it up on sale for $80.) Installation was quite simple, the two wires from the millivolt floor furnace went to the RH and W terminals, while the two wires from the 24 VAC transformer (sold separately, and needed when using wifi) went to the RH and C terminals. The previous owners of the cabin even had some leftover wood stain which I was able to use, so you can’t see the bare wood where the old thermostat used to be! Continue reading

Testing USB Modems with Cradlepoint MBR95

In a prior post, I’ve written about my slow DSL connection at the mountain cabin and how I bought a Cradlepoint MBR95 router to be able to use a faster connection from a mobile hotspot or USB modem when I’m in town.

While the DSL is slow, at least it has been a reliable “always on” connection to access my thermostat and webcams. But recently it had been experiencing frequent dropouts, to the point where I no longer want to waste $30/month for a 1.0 Mbps connection and getting only half that when things are working. So, courtesy of EBay, I assembled an army of USB modems to test this weekend. Continue reading

Lone Pine Canyon Ride

After a bit of a hiatus, I’m finally starting to do some of the more challenging rides near my mountain cabin. The Amgen Tour of California has gone through Lone Pine Canyon, but only in the downhill direction.  It would be nice to see them ride it uphill as I did.

Here is the route on Strava.

Now for some photos from the ride. Continue reading