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Starting a WISP

By tech1 ·
I have the prospective clients, now I have to find out how to become a last-mile provider. I want to know how to lease a channel from a satellite company to provide satellite access to a WLAN.

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by Oldefar In reply to Starting a WISP

I am not sure I understand what you are looking for. Generally, a WISP uses an 802.11 solution for the final mile.

There are several satellite providers who will lease facility to you. Be aware that these are the very companies you would be competing with if your intent is satellite access to your clients. A search on "satellite" will turn up a number of them for you. Serveral focus on VSAT access for businesses with multiple locations - auto dealers or US Post Office for example. The concept is a central hub with multiple links to remotes - traditional hub/spoke. With VPN, xDSL, and cable access, this model is losing favor.

DirectTV is pushing satellite access to remote home users. Their niche is locations without an alternative to dial up, and their risk is that the carriers will roll xDSL access out to these locations.

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Generally, but not invariably!

by GuruOfDos In reply to Puzzled

W stands for wireless! That can be FM, VHF, UHF, microwave, GSM and satellite! 802.11 does not have a monopoly on the term! I have even set up network links and internet connections using PMR!

I have even connected two computers over half a mile using modified 27MHz FM Citizens Band tranceivers!

Satellite networking should be a last resort where copper or fibreoptic is not an option as the cost implications are astronomical (if you will pardon the pun) unless you intend doing it on a large scale! As in the previous answer, citing USPO or the likes of Ford and GM!

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