Texas internet connectivity declining due to blackouts

Michael Thomas mike at mtcc.com
Wed Feb 17 17:56:06 UTC 2021

On 2/17/21 9:40 AM, Aaron C. de Bruyn via NANOG wrote:
> It might not be an easy fix in the moment, but in the long run, buy a 
> generator and install a propane tank.
> When power prices spike to insane levels like this, just flip your 
> transfer switch over and run off propane.
> When utility power becomes cheaper, switch back to the grid.
> Maybe some sort of Raspberry Pi to monitor the current prices and do 
> the transfer automatically.  (language warning: 
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gz7IPTf1uts 
> <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gz7IPTf1uts>)
> Protip: If you're blacked out, it doesn't matter what the price of 
> power is.
We just run extension cords and don't have a transfer switch. It's 
pretty surprising what you can run on about a kw. A gallon propane tank 
lasts close to 24 for us.


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