I want to start my own WISP, here in southern California.
My interest lies in using mostly ubiquiti 5ghz equipment.
I have a ham radio licence and lots of experience in wireless packet, data etc, and antennas etc.
I have a pretty good knowledge of basic wireless networks, routers, aps etc.
Where do I start?
What courses do I need, what books/guides do I need to start with..
What direction should my study be started in.
Any help,would be appreciated.
WISP or WIPS ?
A WISP will mean getting some Wireless Local Loop pr Broadband Wireless Access equipment to provide the connection to the customer. I was involved in a WLL deployment in the late 1990's -early 2000s for POTS and dial-up Internet . The system operated in the 1400Mhz band. You must have good RF LOS as vegetation 'ate-up" the signal--high attenuation. The higher the frequency, the more you would find that clear RF LOS is neceaasry. I know that RAD has a BWA solution.
I gather that a WiFi based solution is also possible. Install dual-band outdoor APs in strategic positions to serve customers 2.4 Ghz for cusomer, 5 Hgzz band to backhaul to you location wher you have the connection to the Internet.
OOPS ..pardon my typos in the last post. ..the last sentence should be...."for customers and 5Ghz and.."
Sincerest apologies to all
Another possibility, although not as entrepreneural (sp?), is that there are already companies set up that sell you all the gear, and service as a package. You just collect the royalties.
I don?t know anything about running or starting up a WISPs, but look at www.wirelesscowboys.com for a start. This guy covers large areas of Wyoming and Nebraska and can be found on Twitter @mattlarsen, I think he also uses Ubiquiti gear.