Joshua M. Andrews wrote:
900Mhz client to 802.11b AP to 802.11b client is one scenario, but I
would also put 802.11b APs on the main tower. If you put up a $300 AP
and 5 $150 CPE, you will be doing better ($220 average customer
equipment cost) than a purely Waverider network. You should be able to
do better than 5 clients per AP.
Thank you for the information. The areas of DSL are very spotty and
cable is very inexpensive and unreliable. Many people are upset at
both situations. DSL is offered for about $30 per month with purchase
of a DSL "modem" at around $50 or so and a 1 year contract is
required. Cable service rents you the modem for $10 per month and
charges $40 per month for service on top of that ($50 per month total
for those of you out there in other posts that think half-duplex is as
good a full-duplex).
I'm shooting at offering 1.5 Mbps service at around $24.95 and
offering VOIP for another $24.95 if they so choose. So the
competition hasn't a chance against me if I can get around that $350
Thank you for the detailed response. I appreciate you taking the time
to comment. I don't want to be rude but I took a look at your website
and it needs some work. :(
In any case, I think you have a point. Could you elaborate more on
what you meant by going with a 802.11b AP/CPE. Do you mean you are
shooting a signal out to an area using WaveRider and then distributing
it via another 802.11b AP from there? I think your right about
contracts and install fees and it sounds like your saying that I'm
just going to have to eat the cost and extend my ROI per user. Thanks
Yes my website needs work, but we always have more installs that we
possibly have time to get to. When we get caught up on installs, we will
revamp the website to bring more in.
I wouldn't count on giving 1.5M to every customer on your network over
Waverider. I have played with every GOS setting I can come up with, and
cannot MAINTAIN over 1Mbps connectivity to multiple clients.
I would also consider the thought that you don't have to be the cheapest
ISP in town to be the busiest or the best.. Its gonna take a LOT more
$25/mo clients to get traction than at $40 or $50/mo. I wouldn't install
any customer who will take 12 months to get CFP (cash flow positive,
paying for CPE and installation costs). Not starting out, anyway, unless
I was DESPERATE to get market share. Desperation is almost never a good
position to be in.
I get $39/mo for residential service and $59/$99 for business service.
DSL is cheaper, and in one area, Cablemodem is cheaper. We still stay
busy with new customers, and we don't put in a new tower until the last
tower is CFP. More money coming in the door than going out is a big part
(only part?) for successful business. ISP business is no exception. When
you run out of money, you are out of business.
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