That is also why there are so many Training courses available. Because it is much easier to learn about what Mikrotik can do while being trained than doing it the hard way, on your own. But, then again, how did I learn in the first place? By playing with it and building real networks - which occasionally broke! But what better way to learn?
I would really like to go to one of the courses but it's hard to get away and I am also a cheap skate.
I do feel like I am starting to turn the corner and information from guys like you is sure valuable.
Anyway, some ideas for your network plans. If you have RB's as the CPE it will be easy to implement bandwidth limitation and perform remote diagnostics of your client network. I.e. you can more easily see what is going on when they complain of no internet. I would always throttle bandwidth hogs at source rather than when it is already too late on your backhaul.
I have toyed with the idea of using the RB's for the CPE for the compatibility reasons and the ease of limiting bandwidth. I suppose the cost factor is what is steering me towards the ubiquiti products.
Thanks for solidifying my thoughts on where to limit the bandwidth.
Interconnect AP sites on 5GHz, 2.4 to the client.
To feed public IPs through to the client, it depends on what you have used for your routing method or if you will be using PPoE for Authentication. You can make a PPoE session give your client a public IP. You could use Proxy-ARP (but don't). If you are an AS and have a large enough block of public IPs with BGP routing to your ISP, then you can just use 'plain routing' to get the small subnets through to your clients router interface.
3 sectored aerials see 1/3rd less noise than an omni. Also your clients will hopefully be spread equally amongst the three, therefore improving the service provided to them all, so each client will see 1/3rd less traffic on the AP. Also means you can put in downtilt. Not easy with an omni as they cost a lot more and you can't get much downtilt - usually only of the order of 3-5 degs. Also means you can use horizontal instead of vertical polarisation to help with seperation if getting interference.
You say I should use 5ghz to interconnect AP's. So would you use a radio to connect to the previous hop and use an additional 5 Ghz radio to allow other AP's to connect, and of course additional radios for each sector that clients will connect to? I suppose that might allow for the best throughput but would I be sacrificing alot by doing it how I have it diagramed?
I am currently using a PPPoE server and I think that is the way I will go. I didn't know if there were other better ways but I think it will allow me to easily switch from a private ip to public ip down the road if I need to.
I want to use sectors but I might deploy a few omnis and then switch to sectors when I start adding more customers.
Whether to use 802.11b/g for the provision to clients is a harder one to decide on. Personally I use b for client connections as it supports more hardware (we do hotspots to mobile users rather than fixed clients) therefore we don't exclude anyone with PDAs or phones that do not have 802.11g. If you make a decision stick with just one mode. Don't use mixed b/g. Any connected users using 802.11b will bring a 802.11g user's connection to it's knees.
For fixed clients, 802.11g is better as the modulation allows for better error correction due to interfering reflections, plus it's usually faster.
Good luck with your plans. Where are you located?
Thanks for all of your advice. I want to use G as the throughput is greater but I get stronger signals with B so there is a tradeoff. I am still undecided. But I will heed your advice and stay away from a mixed network.
I am located in the Midwest.