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taget
May 4th, 2009, 04:14 PM
Hello, looking to see if anyone knows of any packages that could help with provisioning and bandwidth possibly billing management software for my local wisp. looking to service my immediate neighborhood. I already have the tower up and a T-1 circuit just looking to offset the costs a little. Charter cable has said no way on servicing our area and At&t has no plans for us in the next 5 to 10 years. any help or guidance would be appreciated.

Tag

samcamfilms
May 5th, 2009, 08:23 AM
also looking for same soultions.

Anyone?

Sam

taget
May 6th, 2009, 01:23 AM
How about low cost management systems for small wisps ? any experience with those ?

dtgllc
September 9th, 2009, 09:08 PM
Hello, looking to see if anyone knows of any packages that could help with provisioning and bandwidth possibly billing management software for my local wisp. looking to service my immediate neighborhood. I already have the tower up and a T-1 circuit just looking to offset the costs a little. Charter cable has said no way on servicing our area and At&t has no plans for us in the next 5 to 10 years. any help or guidance would be appreciated.

Tag

Yes, there is a new ALL IN ONE product out called MyWispManager. You can find it here: http://www.mywispmanager.com

It's awesome, it has Client account set-up and search, installation orders, trouble tickets, calculates billing each month, automatic email billing or paper billing service, "network at a glance" to see your whole network with thumbs up or down icons that represents each radio's status including one click radio links, Plus it has complete bookkeeping feature with debts and credits and a word Excel file export feature with all billing information.

Check it out and when you get to the main page click on the "Demo Account" button so you can try it out, it's a completely interactive demo.

gshafer
October 7th, 2009, 04:53 PM
I have been evaluating different packages for more than a year. I have not yet found the "perfect" package, but there are a bunch of low/medium cost packages that are out there.

The first question you need to answer is do you want to run the software on a local host or buy a service on the net. Also do you want a payment gateway.

Some I have looked at:

http://www.wifi-cpa.com - I bought a service from them for $20/year. It worked fine but that package is no longer being offered. The new offering is $90/month or buy for $1099. Too steep for me.

http://www.coova.org/ - They have a few free offerings you may want to check out. They also have a pay gateway option for $99.00/year. They have an option to download and run on your own server. I was not able to get the pay gateway to work. If you plan to run on your own server you will want to have some linux expertise.

http://freeradius.org/ - If you just need to authenticate your users, this open source software may work for you. I was able to download it and get it to authenticate my hotspots. It did take a bunch of messing around to get it to work. Documentation is sketchy for a new user. If you know a bunch about linux it is a possible solution.

http://wifigator.com/ (http://wifigator.com/) - This is the one I have settled on. I bought the Enterprise Edition for $199 and ran it on my own server. They also have a $20/month hosted version. They have recently released an upgrade MX version and I upgraded to it for another $200. There is a user forum that works fairly well. I have been running the Enterprise Version for 6 months and the only real issue is that some users do not follow the instructions when they sign up and I have to then manually enter them into the system. The new MX version fixes that. The big plus to this package is it is based on freeradius so there are other tools you can integrate in. As well you can modify the screens and code to add features.

Most of the others I looked at wanted to keep some of my revenue. No thanks!

Good Luck!

ConXtionS
October 8th, 2009, 12:13 AM
I agree, there are not many packages that I like for wisps...

THere are however several free radius servers and covachilli make a pretty good HOTSPOT type manager,...

What I am trying to do is find all the programs I want to use and get smart enough to put them together...

I have also used a couple of radius/billing servers in windows.... again, they were expensive and never really seemed to do what I wanted.


Just my two cents...

btw.. I do not know alot about linux yet, so there could be the perfect software out there and I just havent found it

I have ALOT of experience with wireless... if you ever need some help please feel free to email me

jimgrimmett@comcast.net

best of luck