Need advice on setting up wifi service

April 27, 2011 at 06:01:32
Specs: Windows XP
I'd like to offer my tenants in a 3-story apartment building with paid wifi service(monthly flat fee). There are 10 rooms on each floor. The law in my country requires an authentication server to keep a 90-day log. I already have a 6Mbps ADSL wired connection in my home (located right next to the apartment building) and plan to upgrade it to the maximum speed my ISP can offer. Could someone please recommend a plan which include a list of hardware and software required and how to go about setting it up.

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April 27, 2011 at 07:30:28
The following is just my opinion so don't get me wrong and take this personally......

Why would you bother?

I doubt you can charge enough to make it worth your time to expend the money necessary to buy all the equipment as well as configuring and deploying it. Even if you know how to configure and deploy the equipment it's still going to take a significant amount of time. If you don't know how, then you have to hire someone to do it for you and that's not cheap.

Then there's the day-to-day upkeep and administration. There's also those 4:00 am calls from tenants going, "My internet isn't working, fix it" and you have to get out of bed right then and there and get it fixed since they're paying you for it.

It's a whole basket of worms I personally would not consider opening if they (the tenants) can just as easily pay for their own internet. If they do it, then they, and their ISP, a're responsible for everything and you can sleep all night through, every night.

As a person who know about these things, I also wouldn't want wireless. Were I your tenant, I'd say, "No thank you, wireless sucks, I'll pay for my own internet so I'm not stuck using wimpy wireless"

Truthfully, you're trying to turn yourself into an ISP, ergo the requirement for logging, and you're trying to reinvent the wheel. In order to recoup the cost, you'd have to charge so much your tenants will also say, "No thank you" to your service since they'll likely be able to get it much cheaper from an ISP.........likely the same one you use now.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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April 27, 2011 at 18:31:11
Thank you for responding. I appreciate your advice. However, the situation regarding apartment rental in my country is a bit different than those in the States. Here, a typical apartment does not have in-room phone line hook up and even if there's one it would be something like in the hotel where all lines are connected to a single switch. So, most apartment buildings here offer some sort of internet service to their tenants and it's considered a competitive disadvantage not to have one. Plus, a typical lease agreement usually runs for 3 months so installation of a new phone service by tenants is very rare. In summary, there are more reasons for me to offer my tenants some sort of internet connection than otherwise.

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