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Standby Generator Connection to Internet

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Standby Generator Connection to Internet

We are installing a standby generator outside our house and it needs to be hardwired with an ethernet cable to our internet.  Is there a way to do this outside, maybe from the satellite dish, without snaking it inside into the bedroom where our modem is located?

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Senior Instructor

Re: Standby Generator Connection to Internet

If it requires an ethernet cable it means that it needs to be a reliable, hardwired connection. You can try other schemes, but it seems that snaking a cable is likely the way to go. I would also assume it needs to be specially shielded ethernet cable, since generators tend to throw a lot of low frequency radio noise that could get into a cheap long cable, which may disrupt your entire network.


* Disclaimer: I am a HughesNet customer and not a HughesNet employee. All of my comments are my own and do not necessarily represent HughesNet in any way.
Distinguished Professor III

Re: Standby Generator Connection to Internet

@booksw 

 

It's got to be to the modem.  No way around that, save for maybe connecting it to a router that is connected to the modem.  But, in one way or another, it ultimately has to be connected to the modem.  There's no way to connect it to the dish, as the modem is needed to "interpret" the signal the dish receives.  


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Re: Standby Generator Connection to Internet


@booksw wrote:

We are installing a standby generator outside our house and it needs to be hardwired with an ethernet cable to our internet.........

 


   Very interesting question to me, since I just had a whole house generator installed a month ago.  Mine could be connected through my WIFI though, and when the installer asked me if I wanted this done I said heck no.  I didn't want to take the chance that it would become a data leech.  

 

    I wouldn't bother with ethernet wiring at all.

 

Senior Instructor

Re: Standby Generator Connection to Internet


@gaines_wright wrote:

    I wouldn't bother with ethernet wiring at all.


Me neither, if it wasn't necessary. Not just adding risk for data, but everything you add to a network becomes a potential target for spoofing, even if you're behind a double-nat.


* Disclaimer: I am a HughesNet customer and not a HughesNet employee. All of my comments are my own and do not necessarily represent HughesNet in any way.
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Re: Standby Generator Connection to Internet

Hi booksw,

 

I think wireless is also the best option. We do offer a wireless signal booster that could also help in making sure you have  a strong signal if the modem is far away from the area where your generator will be.

 

-Amanda