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Old 12-01-06, 11:42 AM
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Wireless Router for restaurant

Anyone recommend a wireless router for a restaurant? I looked at a netgear one WPNT834 which had all the things I was looking for but it's got bad reviews. I've had bad luck with Linksys and d-link myself. Any recommendations?
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Next you'll be asking for menu suggestions in our Food Forum.

You might want to look at industrial-type wireless units for that environment. Maybe check out Cisco's offerings.

I'm curious though, does your sister really want people working at their laptops instead of eating and drinking?
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They keep asking me these questions and I ask them here since there's always someone who knows more. I did get to pick out which beer will be on tap. Anyway, I think they just want to offer free internet, but don't really plan on it being a cyber cafe or whatever.

I'd doubt they'd need anything industrial strength, unless the commercial ones can't handle it.
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Old 12-01-06, 12:06 PM
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I was just concerned about the home models being able to support many connections and potentially heavy throughput. Like people watching porn movies while they're having a beer. You don't want to make them mad when the router needs to be rebooted.
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I would look at the $500 and up range Cisco products, unless you really don't care about the reliability of it.

I have no idea how many machines a consumer grade device can handle reliably (personally I don't think any consumer grade $50 wireless AP is reliable)

goto www.cdw.com and search "Cisco Aironet" to get an idea of what I am talking about.

If yoy don't mind the possibiliy of having to reboot he router often, then get a consumer level. I like the D-Link DGL-4300 in this class of router, but I still can't tell you how reliable it will be with a larger number of connections.
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Old 12-01-06, 12:56 PM
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this is the response I got from my bro-in-law

"First it will allow managers to have internet access without having to
fight over one pc. We may offer internet access to guests - we shall
see. it might make sense to do that on a separate wireless dedicated
line."


I don't think a $500 is gonna fly. Maybe the above info. will change the recommendation.
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Old 12-01-06, 01:19 PM
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I'd get a $70 Linksys. You don't know if you are going to have more than 2 people actually use it. Wait until you know what the traffic will be like before you spend more. I put in a $800 wireless system at a truckstop and I don't think anyone besides the employee's even use it.
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Originally Posted by dick_grayson
this is the response I got from my bro-in-law

"First it will allow managers to have internet access without having to
fight over one pc. We may offer internet access to guests - we shall
see. it might make sense to do that on a separate wireless dedicated
line."


I don't think a $500 is gonna fly. Maybe the above info. will change the recommendation.
Then check this thread out.

http://forum.dvdtalk.com/showthread.php?t=482055

That's the unit I'm currently using and its performance has been flawless since I first turned it on.
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Which beer will be on tap?
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Old 12-01-06, 01:39 PM
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thanks. that'll do. I think most of my questions regarding this is just for the opening and then as things progress, they'll see what they need to upgrade.
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