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# 41762 22-Sep-2009 21:19
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Please help me - I am trying to set up free internet for my holiday apartments (4 units)  without paying alot of money! each unit is already cat5e wired so realistically I think all I need is a router that has 6 output lines (to cover my house as well) which can have the download speed limited if required, as I am going onto a 10gb plan only. Presumably just require wireless transmitter for each unit as well so guests can use their laptops. Any advise on brand or model name of router and transmitters would be appreciated, thanks

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  # 257697 23-Sep-2009 06:39
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What is your planned budget?

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  # 257753 23-Sep-2009 10:53
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Probably the best thing would be to go with something like tomizone and charge them slightly? Alternatively you could look at other hotspot software such as Antamedia makes.

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  # 257761 23-Sep-2009 11:12
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If the unit's are already wired with cat5e they already go back to patch panel somewhere? Is there already a network switch installed?  Do you already have an ADSL modem?

Most laptops and smartphones can make use of wireless so it makes sense to offer wireless in addition to the cat5e network connectivit.  If I was you I would look at a Zenbu wireless device plus a simple network switch with at least 6 ports.

The Zenbu gives you a lot of good features (cheaper than Tomizone imo), eg: print out a vouchers for access when the guests checks in, setting limits etc.


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  # 257766 23-Sep-2009 11:18
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Use your existing router, plug into 16 port switch - thats your internet and wired connection to each room. Then look at something like a Ruckus Wireless unit - these have brilliant wifi coverage - I tested one and got 250-300m up the road in a car with a laptop before I lost connection :)
Then youd just need some software to control/charge for it all........

Spirit Wireless supplied the unit I was testing. Speak to Peter there and he'd be happy to give you all the info you need on the Ruckus gear.

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  # 257878 23-Sep-2009 16:45
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Hi, I would recommend Tomizone, you can have wired connections off it aswell as wireless ones. This way you dont need to worry about abuse as they pay for a period (hr/day/week) that also has a data cap on it (60MByte/160Mbyte/1.2GByte) and the pricing is $3/$6.50/$30 respectively, of which 50% you get in your hot little hand.

I recommended you use the DIR-300 router,, around $90, they seem to work fine, you can configure 3 of the wired ports as Tomizone ones, however I recommend you just buy a 5port switch ($25-30) and connect that to the Tomizone port of the router.


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