How to Start a WiFi Hotspot Business

Updated on July 10, 2017
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Introduction

You can start a WiFi hotspot business from almost anywhere including your home, this might be the best place to start as you won't need to get permission to install the equipment and you won't have to share any of the income with anyone else. Also people are more likely to pay for Internet access at home in residential areas than when just having a coffee in a cafe. This does not mean that if you are a coffee shop owner you cannot charge customers for WiFi access.

Many commercial/shopping areas now have free WiFi so it is unlikely that people will pay for something that they can get for free.

In the past few years the cost of equipment and technical knowledge required has fallen significantly making starting this type of business very simple.

You can charge people to use it on a hourly, daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis.

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Internet Connection

The first thing you will need is an Internet connection, you must make sure it is one which allows resale so you will most likely need a business Internet connection. As it will be shared you should get the fastest connection available and ensure that it comes with an unlimited download allowance. You will not be using the WiFi signal from the router supplied by your ISP so you should based your choice of ISP on cost, speed & standard of the service provided, not on reviews of the router's WiFi performance.

When choosing an Internet provider to support your WiFi hotspot you should choose the best service you can afford, not all services are the same. You might be tempted to choose the first cheap Internet service you find but it always pays to do your research first. Just a quick Google search for reviews of the service you are considering using will provide invaluable information and save you a whole lot of trouble later down the line.

Something few cheap Internet service providers fail to mention is 'contention ratio', put simply this is the number of properties who will be sharing the advertised bandwidth. Contention ratios are usually 20:1 or 50:1, this means there will be between 20 and 50 people sharing that 'Up To 8Mb download speed' advertised.

Yes I'll say it again just in case you missed it or thought you misunderstood it, up to 50 people will be sharing a 8Mb Internet connection!

This is why you almost never get the download speed advertised, because all your neighbours are hogging the bandwidth.

So you must keep this in mind when shopping around for an Internet connection for your WiFi hotspot.

There are lots of different types of Internet service but I will list the most common types available.

  • ADSL - This is the service which uses the old copper telephone wires, most are old and if you are more than a few miles from the telephone exchange the service and speed is going to be pretty poor.
  • Fibre - Maximum speeds can be very good but only if fiber is used from one end to the other, often the 'last mile' will still use old copper wires so a lot of the speed is lost. Only Fibre to the home (FTTH) or Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) where no copper cabling is used will achieve true Fibre speeds but services are expensive and limited.
  • Leased Line - This is the best option and is what most businesses will use, it is however very expensive and usually subject to a hefty monthly fee. It is an 'Uncontented' or 'Dedicated' line which means the contention ratio will be 1:1, i.e. if the advertised speed is 8Mb, you will get 8Mb and it will not be shared with anyone else.




The Equipment

To keep this as simple as possible and allow anyone, regardless of technical knowledge to start a WiFi business I suggest using the free Open-Mesh/Cloudtrax system. In order to set up a paid for WiFi network you will need a special WiFi router (pictured), they only cost $79.99 so setup is really low.

You simply purchase the Open-Mesh router, add a few details from the back of the router in to the Cloudtrax central WiFi network management dashboard (free), plug in the Open-Mesh router to your Internet router and the WiFi network is up and running.

WiFi Management System - CloudTrax

In order to charge customers for access you will need a central WiFi network management system. There are many available (free & paid for) but I suggest you use the free one provided by CloudTrax, you will need to open an account and enter a few simple set up details such as the network name (SSID) which customers will see when they connect to your network. You will also need to open a PayPal account (free) if you don't already have one to accept payments for access from customers. The Cloudtrax system includes free splash/landing pages which can be customised and full Paypal integration.

Using the CloudTrax dashboard you can access, monitor and control your WiFi network from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection, including from a smart phone.

To use you WiFi service the customer will connect to your WiFi network and when they open a webpage they will be redirected to your splash/landing page. Here you can put some information about the service, instructions, TOS or even advertising. On the splash/landing page the customer can select the amount of access time they require which you can set at anything from 1 hour to one year.

I would suggest offering a range of access packages such as;

  • 1 Hour
  • 1 Day
  • 2 Days
  • 1 Week
  • 1 Month
  • 3 Months
  • 1 Year

After the customer selects their chosen access package they will be taken to Paypal to pay and issued with an access voucher. Everything is automated and once set up requires very little input on your part. You can also create access vouchers if the customer wants to pay in cash or over the phone (if you have card processing facilities such as the new Paypal Card reader for iphone/Android phones)

CloudTrax Dashboard

This is a screenshot of the Cloudtrax Dashboard which shows each node on the network, its status, mesh speed and user info.  (Click image for larger version).
This is a screenshot of the Cloudtrax Dashboard which shows each node on the network, its status, mesh speed and user info. (Click image for larger version).

How To Set Up a CloudTrax/Open-Mesh WiFi Network

Positioning of Equipment

When starting a WiFi business you want to provide coverage to the widest possible area in order to reach as many potential customers as possible. WiFi signals only have a range of about 100ft indoors and 300ft outdoors so you must place/install your routers where you think they will provide the best coverage. In a cafe or coffee shop this will probably be on a wall or ceiling. In a residential area I would suggest roof mounted or window mounted where they will get the best clear line of sight (LoS). This means the signal can travel directly to users without having to pass through solid objects like walls, floors and ceilings.

If you have a balcony or window overlooking many other properties this would be the best place to put the WiFi router.

Power Over Etherent

The Open-Mesh router supports 'Power over Ethernet' (PoE) which means the data and power for the unit travels over the same Ethernet cable at just 12 volts so there is no risk of electrical shock from outdoor installations and a qualified electrician is not needed to install outdoor units.

The maximum length of the Ethernet cable with PoE support is 300ft so your Internet router can be installed near the phone line and the WiFi units can be installed in other rooms or on rooftops up to 300ft away to create a much larger coverage area. You can also connect another unit to the first one with another 300ft cable and so on in a daisy chain formation. Weatherproof Ethernet cable can be used for outdoor installations.

PoE Injector
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This picture shows an Open-Mesh router being powered using a Power over Ethernet injector (PoE).
This picture shows an Open-Mesh router being powered using a Power over Ethernet injector (PoE).
Open-Mesh OM2P WiFi Router
Open-Mesh OM2P WiFi Router | Source

Scalable

This business is highly scalable as you can start with just one unit and as demand or funding grows you can just add more units to the system to increase coverage and reach more potential customers.

The meshing capabilities of the Open-Mesh routers allow you to simply plug in another unit in to a power outlet and it will connect to the other units creating a much larger coverage area and reach even more customers.

I have created a more in depth page on the CloudTrax system and meshing capabilities here.

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Open-Mesh MR900 Performance WiFi Hotspot Router

Open-Mesh have just created a new product, the MR900, a high performance router designed for high usage areas and installations. It supports the common 2.4Ghz range and the less congested 5Ghz range to give optimum performance and speed, up to 900Mbps.

Just like the OM2P routers, the MAC address only needs to be added to your Cloudtrax dashboard and the network/hotspot is up and running. It can also be added to existing networks and will mesh with OM2 routers.

  • Supports 50 - 100 Simultaneous Users
  • AR9558 700mhz Processor
  • 182MB DRAM
  • Backwards Compatible with OM2P


I have not tested this unit yet but taking into account the performance of other Open-Mesh equipment I expect it should be very good. It is more expensive that the OM2P routers but it is a much more powerful router and can support more users, the 5Ghz support is a big advantage as 5Ghz is being incorporated into more devices such as laptops and smartphones.


You can see a full list of the specifications on Amazon.

Other WiFi Equipment To Consider

Although the Open-Mesh OM2 routers have been mentioned throughout this page it does not mean that they are the only WiFi router that can be used to create a paid for WiFi hotspot. Another popular manufacture of WISP (Wireless Internet Service Provider) equipment is Ubiquiti, their products fall in to the same price range with similar functionality and can be used with the Cloudtrax WiFi hotspot management system.

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      syed saleem 13 days ago

      i am living in kalpakkam i want to start hot spot bussines .please do advice how to start this bussines what is its investments. who can make all the set up to stat this bussines.

      whome to contact.

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      SULAIMON YUSUFF 3 weeks ago

      Hi i want to start this in universities and in a country where electricity is not regular what can i do? can i have a debit card payment setup? and can this be done in Africa?

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      Viraj shah 4 weeks ago

      I want to start network internet business . But

      How to start business...

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      Francis432 4 weeks ago

      Reselling bandwidth is most likely against the ToS of your internet provider.

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      ahimawann@gmail.com 5 weeks ago

      Dear sir

      How I can reseller this product and planning develop Fibre Area in my counbtry. please inbox to my email

      Thanks

      AH

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      FJB 6 weeks ago

      What about starting a business from a mobile phone, is this possible? peer-peer pay per sec/minute

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      JimJamesM 2 months ago

      Hi,

      Many thanks for the great article.

      I have a question that some else has raised.

      So,

      I'm reposting a question form a year ago from 'Craggsy' about this:

      Hey... i've read that (a while ago- amazon review) these will not forward https (port 443) and will only forward http (port 80)? Which means if anyone opens gmail, facebook (which use https) it will not forward...do you know if that has been fixed in a firmware upgrade or is this still an issue?

      Any advice on this please?

      Thanks

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      William 2 months ago

      I'm looking to open a trailer park wifi spot would I be able to mount a signal booster attached to roof and provide to everyone with great speed or would it dampen with distance

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      astral 2 months ago

      what if one of your customer start a wifi hotspot in his mobile so that he can also provide internet with his relatives or friends? i wonder if cloudtrax can also figure it out?

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      Yakubu Sky 3 months ago

      Hello my brother, any news about latest divice for wireless?

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      Jeremy Mungai 4 months ago

      this is amazing. i have seen diff. people use this to get paid for wifi and i think its really great.

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      Paw Tun Thit 4 months ago

      Do we need a license for allowance of business to create this kind of business?

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      Samson 4 months ago

      I would like to thank Space shanty for guiding me through my new venture of WiFi hot-spots in my country

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      Joseph lebesa 6 months ago

      Hi.im staying in south africa and interested in operating a wifi bussiness here locally.there are some other competitors around here newly coming but with awesome services,eg:speed,4g,unlimited access.so i was wondering if there's anything in the market that we can implement with lower cost to beat the prices of our competitor.

      Regards.

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      SpaceShanty 6 months ago from United Kingdom

      Serge,

      Sorry for the late reply, your comment went in to the 'spam' folder here but I think you raise an important issue which I have considered myself.

      Firstly I am not a lawyer so please do not take my answer as 100% accurate legal advice, also different countries have different laws.

      Everything everyone does online is tracked or logged somewhere, somehow by someone, which is good and bad!

      In other words if someone did do something very illegal (child p0rn probably being the most concerning activity) on your network there would be a record somewhere of which device (smartphone/laptop/table/pc) as well as MAC address and serial number of the device. So if the police did come to investigate you could explain that you run a WiFi network, and they are free to check all your devices forensically and would find out it was not you. However this probably isn't ideal either.

      The other option is to have some kind of parental block on the network which stops all adult/illegal file sharing sites. Again this might upset some customers who want to view legal adult stuff!

      One other option is to monitor and record all of the activity on your network, BUT then you are risking breaching data protection privacy laws!

      So there is no 100% right answer here really. Just use your best judgement and maybe seek some legal advice first.

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      SpaceShanty 6 months ago from United Kingdom

      Mike, Happy to hear this helped you!

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      SpaceShanty 6 months ago from United Kingdom

      Ovidiu, I am surprised too, but I have been using it for years and they have never asked for a penny. I think it stared as an MIT project, I guess not everyone in the world only does things for money. Yes they might make something from the routers but you can flash other bands of routers too.

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      SpaceShanty 6 months ago from United Kingdom

      You can start this business almost anywhere in the world.

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      SpaceShanty 6 months ago from United Kingdom

      Huduma Poa, You can just order the OMP2 routers from their website http://www.open-mesh.com/products/access-points.ht... eBay, Amazon or many other websites.

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      elgee 6 months ago

      Hi, thank you for the article.

      Seems very straight forward and simple.

      Do you perhaps need any license or permission to operate this kind of business?

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      michael 6 months ago

      am based in kenya where we can easily access ubiquiti products...

      can you advise me ubiquiti product that works with cloudtrax

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      Jack Thomas 6 months ago

      Hi, Thanks for the information. This is really useful for my later ideas. This helps me further my research about wifi and marketing as a whole. Great Job.

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      Tiva 7 months ago

      Hi Sir,

      I am planning to do this in the West Coast of Africa, and planning to install the OM2P -Open-Mesh OM2P 802.11gn PNP Wireless Mesh Mini-Router.

      How many users can connect to this device, I have a $2500-3000 budget, should I go with OM2P-HS 802.11gn 300mbps HIGH POWER Access Point Router (With 802.3af) - router or something higher?

      For the initial stages what is the best router I should go with also in one of the article you have suggested a engenius antenna-"Engenius Outdoor High Gain 8dBi Omni Antenna (EAG-2408)" so if I am installing the former router I have mentioned should I go with this antenna for that device?

      Also how do configure the splash landing page to have a different payment gateway other than paypal?

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      adebayo 7 months ago

      thanks for the info, am planning start wifi isp business here in Nigeria, is it possible for the send me a comprehensive list of all equipments needed and is just for me to look for an installer here to install it for me

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      Huduma Poa 8 months ago

      Hello I am from Tanzania Africa I want to start this business of selling wireless internet. Now my question is how will i get that devices here?

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      Martin 9 months ago

      Can you please send me a list of all the equipment needed

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      Sibulelo@icloud.com 9 months ago

      You information is very educational but I have note your presentation is base on USA but my question to you is , can I apply the same principles in South Africa and all the products you have mentioned can be work at South Africa network?????

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      Moni 11 months ago

      Thanks for this valuable information, I would like open a hot spot service in my locality for Aprox 1km. Circle area from my home ,please guide me about the euipments, leased line,technical support etc.

      Thanks

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      jun 11 months ago

      I like this, this there some here in Cebu City Philippines that i can talk to, about the cloudtrax?

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      Paul Cox 11 months ago

      Is this current info, is it too late to start a wifi business?

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      vimalkanna M 12 months ago

      hi the article was great but will i be able to make money only through advertisement and not through paypal

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      Naphtali 12 months ago

      this is what av been waiting for I want to start immediately pls assist.(nambwatechnical81@gmail.com)

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      Zen2oh 13 months ago

      Well said pal, but what if I come down to you country and set these set ups myself, am planning to set up a bigger one with a new ISP apart from my country, how do I go about it?

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      tareq9989 14 months ago

      i want to start 1.5 km range area wifi business , what should i do and what kind of equipment i need and also help me total how much money i need to spent for strating this business . and my place is village area , have lots of trees. please hlep me given the info

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      Tareq 14 months ago

      i want to start 1.5km range wifi business , so what should i need to start new business, and please help me what kind of equipment i need and total estimate price of this business

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      Hassan 14 months ago

      It's really good idea to make money, but I don't think it's possible here in Yemen we have weak Internet connection the highest speed here is just 2mb.

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      Craggsy 15 months ago

      Hey... i've read that (a while ago- amazon review) these will not forward https (port 443) and will only forward http (port 80)? Which means if anyone opens gmail, facebook (which use https) it will not forward...do you know if that has been fixed in a firmware upgrade or is this still an issue?

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      Serge 16 months ago

      Who will be responsible if somebody will use your mesh for illegal acts (for example to distribute child porno or download copyright content)? And how to protect a mesh from such acts?

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      nenebanty21@gmail.com 16 months ago

      I'm in Africa '?

      Can I stert a MESH ROUTERS

      In to my village side

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      Ovidiu 17 months ago

      Hi there, the guide sounds great however I am wondering why cloudtrax is offering its service for free, care to shed some light?

      Do they have some kind of premium addon one has to buy to get more features?

      Or is cloudtrax provided by mesh hence they make money by selling their hardware?

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      Mike 17 months ago

      im doing a wifi hotspot for the flats i live in and this is really helpful

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      SpaceShanty 18 months ago from United Kingdom

      Abdulrasheed, Thanks for your comment and good luck!

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      Abdulrasheed 18 months ago

      Hi, thanks for your time on this article. Just wanna be a pioneer of a wifi distribution company in my country. I am happy it's this cheap. I will dedicate £10,000 for this project. I need to grow, beginning with a work force of 15 employees. Once again, thanks a lot and stay blessed

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      Ferhan Patel 19 months ago from Montreal, Canada

      Very interesting idea. Thanks for the information!

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      SpaceShanty 20 months ago from United Kingdom

      Yahya, Yes 3km Sq. WiFi zone is feasible, you may need a larger budget than $1200.

      Unless you can have a unit connected to the Internet every 300ft you will have to use repeaters.

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      SpaceShanty 20 months ago from United Kingdom

      mohamed, The equipment you can buy from the vendors website, eBay, Amazon or any other major networking equipment website. As the article states I suggest you use Open-Mesh routers and the Cloudtrax system management dashboard. The equipment does not require any configuration, you just enter the MAC address of the router in to your Cloudtrax dashboard.

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      SpaceShanty 20 months ago from United Kingdom

      Anuj lohiya, As stated in the article, you can set up a network for the cost of a single AP (router) which is less then $100 new, far less with a used device.

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      SpaceShanty 20 months ago from United Kingdom

      tushar, With the Cloudtrax system you can limit the speed for any user, regardless of the device they are using.

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      SpaceShanty 20 months ago from United Kingdom

      Avdhi Kabra, If the router can be flashed with third party firmware then yes.

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      Avdhi Kabra 21 months ago

      Hi

      I am an IT student and i wanted to know if i can use any other router and access point for example cisco ones? Will it still be in working condition?

      Thanks

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      tushar 22 months ago

      hi

      can i limit speed of wifi for a smartphone connected to it

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      Anuj lohiya 22 months ago

      hi

      i want to know about how can i setup my own wireless business business and how should i do this at cheap investing , please guide me .

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      mohamed 2 years ago

      thank you so much for sharing such wonderful information. i have been on the internet over the last couple of days trying to search for information on how to start a networking service i.e providing both wireless and wired network . i also walked through most of our shops in Nairobi,Kenya but it is too unfortunate that most of the networking equipment i find on the net are not available here. finally, i have not done any IT course but have the basic computer skills. i would appreciate so much if you can give me guidance on the best equipment to buy for my potential business and how to configure them. your kind response is highly awaited. thank you so much.

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      SpaceShanty 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      alanhalley, I know from personal experience that you can use other brands but you will have to 'flash' them (install firmware) with Open-Mesh firmware. And they say so on their site! https://dev.cloudtrax.com/projects/dev/wiki/Ap51-s...

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      SpaceShanty 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Vikas Phougat, The Open Mesh routers support 'Power over Ethernet' (PoE). You will a special 'power injector' which Open Mesh supply and just a normal/standard Ethernet cable, the maximum length is 300ft. Instead of plugging the power adapter directly into the router you plug it into the power injector. There is a picture in this hub https://toughnickel.com/starting-business/How-To-M...

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      Vikas Phougat 2 years ago from Rohtak

      I want starf wifi hotspot business with cable. What type of cable i need. Power suplly of 220w. With poe. Maximum lenth 1500 mtr.

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      Yahya 2 years ago

      Hi

      I want to know if 3 square km wi fi zone is feasible(budget of $1200)

      if i do not use any repeater,because it is not possible here.

      And you also said that many laptop,dongle etc will not support more than 300 ft range but what if we increase their range also means replace them with high range dongles.

      I want to know what i have to do in that case.

      Thank you very much you reply to almost everyone :-)

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      alanhalley 2 years ago

      SpaceShanty,

      A guy at Open-Mesh told me that I can use CloudTrax only with Open-Mesh routers.

      Alan

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      SpaceShanty 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      YAKUBU SKY, Do you have Skype?

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      YAKUBU SKY 2 years ago

      Thanks very moch my brother, i will try to buy and i need your parsonal contact.

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      SpaceShanty 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      YAKUBU SKY,

      Thanks for your comment. I do not sell the equipment myself, I just use it. You can click on any of the amazon links in the article to buy the Routers. Thanks

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      SpaceShanty 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      alanhalley,

      You can buy the open Mesh router from their USA site or Amazon and get them delivered to Brazil. Or you can flash one of the supported routers found here https://dev.open-mesh.com/projects/dev/wiki/Ap51-s...

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      YAKUBU SKY 2 years ago

      My brother thank you for supporting me, i want to buy all this divice, please how i will send you morney to buy it for me?

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      alanhalley 2 years ago

      I'd like to offer free WiFi in my neighbor's restaurant. I've read about Open-Mesh and that seems like a good hardware/software solution, but I'm in Brazil and Open-Mesh products are not sold here. Can I use another brand of AP with CloudTrax?

      Thanks for any ideas.

      Alan

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      SpaceShanty 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      YAKUBU SKY,

      Hi! You can just use an Open-Mesh Router ($75 USD), you can add a bigger antenna ($15), Cloudtrax (FREE). That is all you need really to get started, you will need to set it up on a computer but as the system is cloud based you won't need a computer to run it. You can produce vouchers in the Cloudtrax dashboard which produces a code which you can give to paying customers. I think you can buy a small printer for the vouchers but this is more suited to hotels, I have never used one.

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      SpaceShanty 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Shanky, Please read my other guide which is far more detailed. Thanks

      Here is the link https://turbofuture.com/computers/How-to-Build-a-L...

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      SpaceShanty 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      There is always a risk with any wireless technology, even your cellphone data can be hacked. Security is getting much better but you can sell VPN services to customers who are concerned about security.

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      Bhavesh Sathawara 2 years ago

      Hi , I want to start this business in my city, How to stay safe by using public wifi? Security can be issue? do we need to use VPN ?

      Thank you

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      shanky 2 years ago

      hello shanty ...I Want to a wifi service in my city as a bussiness can tell me briefly how to start it from the beginning.

      I am waiting for your response

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      SpaceShanty 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      You could buy 2 Open-Mesh WiFi routers with $100 to start. Just use one to start your network and then when more people want to use the wifi service but are not in range give them the other router but take a refundable deposit for $50 which you can then use to buy another router and keep doing that. Your network will grow without you having to invest too much money.

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      Akshay khobragade 2 years ago

      I am interested to start but how can I start with 100 USD to connect more device

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      SpaceShanty 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi, There are so many factors which effect speed. Even if you have the best equipment and antennas but there is lots of radio interference, obstructions and the users have poor WiFi cards in their devices you will not achieve the best speed.

      When you say 'long range' do you mean a point to point link (ie connecting two buildings) or Router/AP to user?

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      SpaceShanty 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi, Yes the open-mesh routers used with the Cloudtrax system will allow you to add repeaters wirelessly.

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      Akshay khobragade 2 years ago

      Can you suggest me which is the best long range router and anantennas for provide best speed

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      sunil kumar india 2 years ago

      Sir i am very interesting in your idea, i read all of your posts, i have one question only, can we add repeaters/routers wirelessly in our network

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      SpaceShanty 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Asif abid Khan,

      Most antennas have a 360 degree range, ie the signal is distributed in all directions and are known as 'omnidirectional'.

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      Asif abid Khan 2 years ago

      I am really confuse about the range how i can extend and is 360 degree direction?

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      SpaceShanty 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      ettore,

      Could you please ask them here and then everyone can benefit from the answers. Thanks

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      ettore 2 years ago

      dear space shanty,

      i fascinated me with your story

      i would like to ask you some questions, could i have you email?

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      SpaceShanty 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Pradeep,

      I have written this guide and another one which totals over 8000 words (you can find it by looking at all the articles I have written in my profile) and like to think I have covered most of your questions. If there is anything you would like me to add please reply to this post or send me a private message.

      Thanks

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      Pradeep 2 years ago

      Hai.. I am pradeep from India. Your Topics is really great. I would like to start WiFi INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER Business. So please give me your idea and suggestion.

      Thanks in advance

      By

      Pradeep

      India.

      Email: pradeepcbe18@gmail.com

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      SpaceShanty 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      john s,

      You can start a WiFi hotspot business from as little as $100. As WiFi is not a regulated frequency you do not need any special permissions/licences. You may however need some form of permission to start/register a business in your county, everywhere is different so you will need to check with your country's regulations and laws.

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      john s 2 years ago

      I want to start a wifi business but I don't know about this. Please tell me how much capital is required and getting any permission from government or not please inform me.

      Johnsrisailapu6@gmail.com....please send replay to my mail..

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      SpaceShanty 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      djmart4luv@yahoo.com,

      Yes you will need an Internet connection provided by an ISP for the WiFi network. The cost can range from $20 a month to thousands depending on the type and speed of the connection.

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      djmart4luv@yahoo.com 2 years ago

      Do I need an ISP eg Glo MTN etc,and how much will it cost me to start up especially cost of companies providing me the connection

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      SpaceShanty 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      sonu kumar singh,

      As per the article I would suggest using the Cloudtrax system (Free) and an Open-Mesh router (about $75 USD). There will be no other costs and you can just easily add more routers if you need them.

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      SpaceShanty 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi,

      Yes this business can be profitable in any country anywhere in the world.

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      hi 2 years ago

      I have read and find out that this business is very interesting, i would like to know that, can this business be possible in Africa especially Tanzania?

      my email 2529masero@gmail.com

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      SpaceShanty 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi jaureguichris,

      Basically yes this is possible. When a user connects to the network you can send them to the 'Splash' or 'landing' page where they will need to hit the 'Free Access' button/accept T&Cs, you can then redirect them to any page after they login (called a 'Walled Garden'), I usually just use www.google.com.

      I understand what you want to do (I think it is a really good idea actually!) but there is no function built into the Cloudtrax system to force the user to watch a video first. I understand you want a function like with Adfly where the user must view an ad for 5 seconds before viewing the content of the site.

      So I suggest you redirect them to your site (walled garden) where you have the 15-30 ad, after which they can browse your site or any other site.

      For free WiFi access (known as non-voucher access) you can set a time limit (in your case 20 minutes), after the time you set elapses they will be taken back to the 'Splash'/Landing' page where they will have to hit the free access button again.

      This is a really good idea, you could also put extra advertising on your site that you redirect them to, if you are doing it in high traffic areas you could sell advertising space on your site to local businesses in that area, like bars, restaurants etc.

      I would be really interested to see how this goes, feel free to connect with me on Google Plus (Link on my profile page)

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      jaureguichris 2 years ago

      Hey I have a question. I loved your article Im doing as much research as possible to make this happen. Im running with what you are suggesting but rather then reselling the internet I would like to set up "FREE WIFI" post in high traffic areas (beaches etc...) so when they connect they agree to the terms. The are redirected/forwarded to my landing page/homepage to where they will be forced to watch a 15-30 sec ad in order to continue free wifi use. So its unlimited use for them at the expense of having to watch an ad initially and every 20 minutes of continuous use they would be interupted by another 15-30 second ad. So i would be generating revenue off the ads that are watched by the multiple users that use the wifi everyday. Is this idea possible?

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      SpaceShanty 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Devin,

      The WiFi hotspot business described in this article is based on using specialist WiFi equipment and cannot really be done using the WiFi hotspot function on an android device.

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      Devin Potter 2 years ago

      how do you do this with Android for free already have the wifi hotspot enabled what app do I need that's equipment to the one stated up above I DO NOT CARE ABOUT ( terms of condition ) from Verizon

      My email : potterutah@Gmail.com

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      SpaceShanty 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Tom Williams,

      Hi, sorry I am a little confused by what you mean by 'buy the band'. If you are referring to bandwidth/Internet connection I would suggest trying to provide at least 1Mb to each person, obviously not all of your 45 customers will be online at the same time so a 20Mb connection may surffice. If you are reselling or sharing an internet connection you will need one which allows resale, so a business connection will be required, I am in the UK so could only recommend BT business or Virgin business Internet. If you are in the US or elsewhere you will need to research it yourself, look for reviews on forums or comparison websites.

      For the equipment I would suggest using two open-mesh OM2P routers with external 8dBi antennas positioned to provide even coverage.

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      Tom Williams 3 years ago

      How much does it cost to buy the band and what do I ask for. Who are the best suppliers. I have a campground with 45 full-time users and many overnighters

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      SpaceShanty 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Perpendicular,

      I understand your question but you can, in theory put a WiFi router wherever you like, as long as you own the property/mast/tower or have permission. Using a solar panel and deep cycle battery you could put one in a bush or up a tree! The 2.4Ghz frequency which WiFi uses is an unlicensed band, you can distribute the signal wherever you like.

      As for getting the signal 'out there' to people other than your neighbours I would suggest contacting local businesses (cafes/bars/clubs/sports grounds/shopping malls etc.) and ask them if you can install a free WiFi hotspot. Most would be happy as it won't cost them anything and it will attract more customers.

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      Ian 3 years ago from Colorado

      I'm assuming that you would need to control the setting where you put your router right? You can't just set it up in the bushes behind the coffee shop next door. That said, what methods do you use to really get your signal (or entire router) out there to the people that would buy it rather than just your neighbors?

      Cool article though. Peaked my interests.

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      SpaceShanty 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      I would advertise it using flyers, Facebook page and at local businesses.

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      Neblev27 3 years ago

      How would you advertise for a business like this?

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      SpaceShanty 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi, There is no limit to the number of repeaters you can use but i would suggest no more than 5 to each gateway.

      You can start this business with just one Open Mesh WiFi router mentioned in the page.

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      ulrich 3 years ago

      I about to start this business, but I still have some questions left. Can I install as many repeater as I want?or it is limited to only one repeater?

      What are all the equipment necessary to get started