I am looking to start a WISP, I have a good technology background, but really dont know where to beign. I have researched it alot and now have some questions. I will explain the area, and maybe with that information you can help.
The town is a rural small town, the city itself has about 600 people living there and really only covers about .5 square miles. However I am wanting to target the people outside of the area, really in a perfect world a 10 mile radius from the anteana would be great. The goal is to eventually move on from this city to other cities in the area where broadband is not available.
1) What is the best protocol to use, I was told by someone to try 802.16 and I know this is probably the only way to really reach that 10 mile radius, but the cost appeared to be very expensive. However, I am unsure how you could use 802.11x for this installation. I guess it would take a good antena and a series of repeaters placed around.
2) The one thing I am falling a little short on is figuring out how to allow access and block access to users. I am wanting to sell the service.
These questions would really get me started and I appreciate any help. if anyone has done this in the past I would appreciate their knowledge on the issue.