+1 very good postIMHO the key to supplying any market is to understand what your competitive advantages are or Unique selling points. You need to understand your environment and why your customer chooses you. If it is only price then you should leave the market because there is nearly always a competitor who is prepared to undercut the price to try and gain a market share.
This applies to anything you are trying to sell matters not wether it is wifi, cars or food. Look at quality (build a reliable network don' connect someone on a weak link just to grab the money), customer service (keep in touch with newsletters), kept promises (adsl is often up to 20Mb but rarely delivers it), coverage areas, speed of delivery, local people to talk to not remote centralised office. Just somethings to think about.
The replies you have had have a similar sentiment. everything changes with time and the cable companies are worried about 3Gand its performance improvements. No market stands still, it is very much about being able to grab he moment.
How resilient is your setup to lightning?gyoztes You can actually one up them on the bandwidth, and equal them in quality if you build the network correctly and carefully. We have been offering 3mbps/256kbps to our residential customers for years with Mikrotik APs and CPEs. jwcn knows first hand the way a well designed (and in this case pure Mikrotik) network can perform and what it can do to competition, as we walked in and took over his entire market area over a year ago inside of a few months time and he no longer has any towers left now, which may explain part of his current animosity towards Mikrotik (http://forum.mikrotik.com/viewtopic.php ... a&start=50).
I'm not going to spend a bunch of time repeating old posts I've made explaining how we build our network (feel free to look them up), but the key technical factors are these (and buzz57 is absolutly correct on the business and customer service side of things):
NStream+Polling to every CPE (sometimes CSMA helps, sometimes it doesn't, test each deployment before deciding)
Psudobridge on the CPE
on the AP set Client TX-Limit for radio links (normally set to 1mbps for all our links) to prevent CPE flooding the AP
PPPoE w/RADIUS authentication and RADIUS defined bandwidth caps for PPPoE sessions (reccomdend using bursting policys)
Have a PC router or large Routerboard (with a decent amt of RAM and CPU) at any tower with more then 25 customers connected to terminate the PPPoE
vlans are your very good friend (there's a visio drawing somewhere on the forum I made with an example)
route everything with OSPF, and have at least 2 routes to every tower you can
either build rings or mesh into your network topology to allow for failure of any tower to prevent outtages of other towers
small subnets sizes
use just the minimum number of OSPF routers on any particular segment required, seperate segments with VLAN's if necessary (if one OSPF router starts acting up, it causes all adjacent routers to do a re-calc, sometimes causing momentary packet loss, so keep the number to a minimum, and absolutly keep redundant links on seperate network segments)
if a tower gets struck, you have to expect at least some equipment will fail (it is over a million volts and hundreds of thousands of amps of electricial discharge), and anyone directly connected to the damaged equipment will be offline, however a partial, or complete equipment failure at a tower will only affect customers attached to that equipment or tower, customers on other towers, will be automatically re-routed in 40 seconds or less depending on the link configuration, via OSPF to use an alternative path on the network.How resilient is your setup to lightning?
heh, I wish you all the luck in the world... that many hits only 6 ft away, one of these times you're going to see a secondary, or worse primary hit on your equipment...Maybe it is just luck?
For the record, I have never had or operated or had any involvement with a WISP anywhere remotely close to your location - you have me mixed up with someone else.
We have 1,000+/- customers and 30+ towers on the east coast, never even gave thought to the mid-west.
Forepoint .... i searched ur posts ... could not find ur drawing ...vlans are your very good friend (there's a visio drawing somewhere on the forum I made with an example)