charging for wirless broadband access

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by Craig, Nov 8, 2005.

  1. Craig

    Craig Guest

    Hi,

    I am looking for some ideas on charging for wirless internet access. Maybe
    charging is not the best way to go but I want to see what options are
    available.

    Does anyone know of any off the shelf products available, e.g. software to
    deal with payments, timing access, etc.

    What hardware would you need apart from wireless router? Would one central
    server be be able to cope with access for many sites?

    I have had a quick google but have not come across anything suitable.

    Any suggestions welcome.


    Cheers,
    Craig
     
    Craig, Nov 8, 2005
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  2. Craig

    Gizmo Guest

    Mark set up www.essexbroadband.com (based in Basildon) about 18 months or
    so ago, drop him a message and pick his brains.

    Do your math first. It'll cost more than a few quid to set up, but how long
    will it take to recoup the monies ?
    If you're in a far flung settlement not serviced by cable / adsl you might
    get a grant to help.

    Just be careful - it'll take a lot of time and money.

    Best of luck.
     
    Gizmo, Nov 8, 2005
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  3. Craig

    Craig Guest

    Hi,

    Thanks for that.

    Should have mentioned we have adsl access in our area and was thinking of
    wireless access through adsl connections, e.g. user with a laptop in a
    cafe/hotel.

    I know of a few companies interested in providing wireless access and know
    it would be simple enough to do with a wireless router, I am just looking at
    the costs and what is needed if you were to charge for access. I was
    thinking of customer buying a ticket and puting in a code, like in some
    internet cafes or possibly asking for credit card details.

    Cheers
     
    Craig, Nov 8, 2005
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  4. Craig

    Peter Watson Guest

    Possibly not what you're after but....

    http://www.solwise.co.uk/wireless-hotspot-wsr-3800.htm perhaps?

    Peter
     
    Peter Watson, Nov 8, 2005
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  5. What restrictions are there on this with regard to connection sharing /
    selling on bandwitdth? e.g. if I have a 2M adsl over a residential line
    can I legally sell on 1M of that to my neighbour? I appreciate that BT
    would never know and I could just do this on the sly, but I'm curious on
    the official position.

    Thanks,

    ben.
     
    Ben Fitzgerald, Nov 9, 2005
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  6. depends on the ISP. Demon for one have an explicit "no sharing,
    including by wireless" clause in their terms & conditions.

    It would be easy for an ISP to spot unusual use patterns.

    Phil
     
    Phil Thompson, Nov 9, 2005
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  7. Craig

    Kraftee Guest

    But how? What would be the difference of a diverse family usage, over a
    network, to that of your next door neighbours. The main problem
    against, as far as I'm concerned, is that whoever actually rents the
    connection will ultimately have to take responcibility for the usage on
    that connection (kiddy porn, warez, etc) & also have to deal with all
    the wannabe hackers trying to break into the network, with nothing else
    in mind other than to break it...

    It happened quite recently in an area quite close to me, a person paid
    for a 2 meg connection & put up a highgain external co-linear & let it
    be known to his 'friends'. Within a month he had to give up on it as to
    many people where just trying to break it.

    If you're going to share, make sure you can trust who ever you're going
    to share with or else you may end up very sorry...
     
    Kraftee, Nov 9, 2005
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  8. volume and numbers probably, not many families with 20 PCs for
    example. May not be definitive but enough to narrow down the field of
    investigation.

    Phil
     
    Phil Thompson, Nov 9, 2005
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  9. Craig

    Kraftee Guest

    Phil I very much doubt if anybody would even think of bandwidth sharing
    with a cyber cafe ;-)
     
    Kraftee, Nov 10, 2005
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