Wifi Business


The number of Wi-Fi hotspots is growing rapidly and while many of them are working as a free hotspot (customers don't have to pay for the internet access), a lot of hotspots are working on a pay-per-use basis. I'll explain how to make money of operating Wi-Fi hotspot in hotels, cafes, campgrounds, airports, tourist attractions, residential areas or any busy venues, even if you don't own any.

Who can operate a Wi-Fi hotspot?
Basically anybody. As you will see, you don't have to own a hotel or cafe (but it's better if you do of course). You can set up a hotspot in a busy neighborhood and offer lower prices then your ISP offers. Or you can find locations where wireless internet access is not available yet, or you can offer an alternative to the existing ones.

Which places are ideal for hotspots?

The best ones are: airports, campgrounds, hotels, cafes, tourist attractions, marinas. The more tourists a place has, the better.

How much money can I make?
Type of location

A Business Lounge in a large Airport can make more transactions than a small motel in a small town. They can also sell the accesses for more. Let's see some real examples (amounts mean gross income):

Business Lounge in an Airport: about $2000/month
Apartment Complex: about $2000/month
Average Campground Site: about $800/month
20 Room Hotel: about $500/month
Internet Cafe (where the same system is used for desktop computers): $1000/month

This is a location's gross income. From this you have to pay for the internet connection, operation costs and your captive portal.


You always have to look after your competitors before you set the prices for the hotspot. If you open a laptop in a location and can see various open hotspots, you won't be able to sell the access for a high price.

Are you the owner or you live near the place or you are just the operator?

If you are the owner, you can keep most of the money that your hotspot generates. If you are not...