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# 233652 26-Apr-2018 12:55
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Kia Ora Geekzone family, 




I am an entrepreneur and have been self employed passed 9 months doing, MLM (Multi Level Marketing), eCommerce, Web Design & Development, Making Business Cards and really what ever that comes. All self taught using the internet and help from people I know. 


I have been planning and pondering starting a WISP. 


I am needing helping understanding things I need to research and learn about, and obstacles I will face ahead of me. 


  • Currently looking into a business internet UFB plan that will allow me on on-sell internet. 
  • I have researched equipment required to run the service Radio Beams (Going to be using Ubiquiti Products) - Supplier sorted for this. 
  • Learning about Switches
  • Creating a server to host my own websites
  • Best Modems to use and affordability
  • Also options to offer Fast Internet to Rural locations. AKA I have 2 family homes up north in the Bush. 
  • This was a funny one, how does internet cafe have so many computers which all get a really good download speed. 

I know there is so much work in involved and so much learning. But I am excited for the challenge. 


This business ideal will eventually develop into my own internet cafe that also offers cheap healthy food. As I love cooking as well. 


Your advice and feedback is most welcomed. 


(I have and currently working on an in-depth Business Plan as I love to plan, and plan to succeed)



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  # 2002790 26-Apr-2018 13:30
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I had an Internet Cafe. Opened it in 2003.


It did really well, we were the first in our town to be hooked up to DSL (ADSL, about 8mbps download). We had 10 PCs to start with. We squeezed another 3 in after about 6 months, and after about a year upgraded them with decent graphics cards (started with a very basic GeForce if I recall).


We sold and serviced PCs, and that did pretty well as well. The Internet Cafe (especially CounterStrike) made us about $400 cash a day (including sales of Fizzy and chips and chocolate). The Serviceing and PC sales about double that. 


It was a good business for the nearly three years I had it. Sold it in late 2005 and it was closed a year after that - smartphones and WiFi knocked it off. Everyone by this stage had broadband at home, and Public WiFi was becoming mainstream, as were cheap laptops and phones you could browse the internet on.




Like Video Stores, Internet Cafes were a good idea then that no longer is now.


As for a WISP, I think the margins are so low, and the potential problems so high, that a small WISP without any economies of scale will be tough. The engineering just to set it up will never be recouped with a tiny number of clients. Maybe try just setting something up to share a connection with a couple of friends or something to see what sort of issues you might have before charging anyone who will expect a competent and professional service.

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