Getting Florence set up has been a logistical challenge. Having Florence set up as another home that’s 2 hours away from my usual home requires a good deal of remote management. For the most part, Florence is pretty self-maintaining, but I like to be able to check in and keep an eye on things from time to time.
So, over the past week, I’ve set up an entire mini-remote network that will allow me to do that. I have, in essence, created a mini-Internet-of-things that will allow me to ensure Florence is comfortable and safe while I’m not around.
The first element of the network is an Ellipsis Jetpack. It’s the tiniest little thing (it literally measures about 2 inches by 2.5 inches (check out my Ode to Warhol image) and creates a secure high-speed wi-fi hotspot that connects to the Verizon 4G network. The Jetpack is AMAZING. It connects to the IPV6 Internet at blazing fast speed (which considering that most of the world is still on IPV4) leaves a lot less tax on DNS so websites connect almost instantly. That, plus the Verizon LTEx service (that again, no one in the ‘hood is using) ensures that my speeds are about 20x faster than my Time Warner wired hookup at home.
Hookup was a snap, and completely foolproof, thanks to the friendly guy (Charlie) at Verizon Wireless. I literally paid for the device, he popped in the SIM, and like 3 minutes later it was provisioned and working. I signed on to the Jetpack mini-server website, and boom, Florence had a hotspot.
Now, just a matter of connecting my Internet of things to the hotspot. THAT is another story.
Overall rating: 10 out of 10.