HOW IT WORKS
The main unit (server) which is my pc is connected to the internet using a etisalat modem with built in router which has the maximum range of 70’ which means it can only reach 4 houses close to mine. for the test demo, i didn’t have money to buy unlimited data plan so for the demo i bought a mini data, so see how people would react about it. the unlimited data plan would cost around $450
I use arpminer which I downloaded for free somewhere online( arpminer is a simple captive portal for hotspots. That means it will help me set up a login page, for my wifi hot what users just need from me is a voucher for the hotspot.). then the question was, what if the users what to bill using the wifi with out contacting me, I researched and found out about a software called microsolut (microsolut is a software which incorporates a full hotspot billing system. And that is how I run all the unscaled version.
When building a large wi-fi zone network the main challenge is getting a good range and coverage of the wi-fi network. We would be using some special outdoor (weatherproof) high power wifi hotspot with high power and long range wifi antennas.
HOW DO LARGE WIFI NETWORK WORKS
You will have a main unit (gateway) which Is connected to the internet,( it is also a hotspot which users can connect to) and it connects to smaller units, which repeat the signal and increase the network coverage and they only need to be powered(its can be solar powered which is the best option for Nigerian electricity problem).
Good coverage is everything with building a large wifi network, the main gateway over miles with a clear ‘light of sight (no obstructions/buildings/hills/trees in the way).
HOW LARGE IS THE WIFI
Form our estimates, we want the wi-if to be at range for users in the whole city of Ilorin.
When building a large wifi network special equipment required. We want to use OM2P WIFI ROUTER & 8DBI OMI directional antenna. This I powered by POE unit which has low current(12v) so the data and power run along the same single cable and there is no risk of electric shock. The Ethernnet that would be used is special for outdoor weather proof cable that can be run over the roof or underground.
- Computer workstations;
- 2 Wireless access point;
- Assorted office equipment and supplies.
We would use wifi management system. This would charge people to use the wifi, our work will be to handle multiple users, set pricing accept payments, manage download speeds and restrict access to illegal sites. (cloudtrax as software).
SELLING WIFI ACCESS.
The cloudtrax system has a payment gateway attached to it, and we will add a tap to vouchers to our office.
INTERNET CONNECTION FOR OUR WIFI .
Since we will be realizing internet connection we want to make sure our internet service provider allows unlimited internet usage and downloads. Reason is because some customers download things more
credits to @anand and @SpaceShanty