So I continued my investigation last night into why I no longer had internet out at the chicken coop. I did some more physical inspection of the cable in the coop area as well as the path it takes in the yard. I could not find any signs of physical damage which was good. I then grabbed my laptop and headed into the attic, where the outside cable connects to indoor wiring.
This was the first time I had been in the attic since the roof was replaced. I was AMAZED at the temperature. Granted the sun was not out at the time but even so, with our old shingle roof the attic was ALWAYS a sauna. It felt absolutely fine up there, no hotter than the garage below which was great. It was also weird seeing ambient light in the attic from the three large roof vents on the north side of the roof. I’m used to the space normally being pitch dark.
I got busy with my trouble shooting. I got excited when I unhooked the outdoor cable and plugged it into my laptop and got a link light, meaning the outdoor cable was working, a big relief. The problem was in the run that goes from the attic to the office. I did some trouble shooting of that line but wasn’t able to quickly determine the issue. If I were to guess, probably one of the ethernet ends that I installed when the house was built was flaky and not making good connection anymore. Instead of diving into figuring that out I took a much faster approach, using a CAT 5 line that was connected to the TV in the bedroom, which isn’t really necessary. Once I connected that line to the coop wire everything was back to normal. It felt good as I exited the attic knowing the problem was fixed without having to deal with the buried line, which would have been a huge headache.
I did find a little time to get out on my One Wheel, despite some light rain coming down. I just stayed in the driveway practicing slow maneuvers and most importantly, stopping/disengaging the board which I have struggled with. I successfully stopped at least a dozen times with no failures. I didn’t fall or have to jump off the board the entire time. I’m excited about my progress and am looking forward to Cindy feeling good enough to start getting back on the board to show me how it’s really done.