Network H/W, ISP and Config


AsidXxx

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Adept
Hi folks!

A friend of mine is opening a cafe and needs help with ISP selection, network h/w and related configuration. He wants the Internet access to be open (socmed sites, regular browsing, streaming sites Youtube/Vimeo/Dailymotion) for guests (except pron sites/illegal domains ofcourse). I am helping him out with the same and need some pointers/suggestions regarding the following -
1. ISP selection criteria - unlimited bandwidth
2. min 30 users, max 100 users without affecting browsing speeds
3. standard access filters/criteria
4. requirement of h/w or s/w based firewall?
5. network and network h/w configuration

TIA!

Payment in beer pints!
 

AsidXxx

Well-Known Member
Adept
Location is Mumbai.

And yes! I've been trying to get in touch with him but to no avail :(
 

vivek.krishnan

If you cant see the green dot, I'm offline :P
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I would suggest to basically keep 2 ISPs, so that downtime is negligible. Bandwidth should be in 70:30 ratio. One should be a vendor such as your local cablenet vendor, and the other will be MTNL/etc - your choice.

Coming to access, are you going to allow BYOD? If not, then squid+dansguardian/squidguard is a great option. If yes, then some more work needs to be done.

Use pfsense as the distro of choice.

The main issue is keeping logs.
 

r19

Active Member
Disciple
Aren't normal ISP plans not allowed for cyber cafes? Given that cyber cafe use would be much higher than in normal residential.
 

suds

Active Member
Adept
Nowadays i don't think cybercafe is worth business because everyone have smartphone with cheap internet plans, teens often prefer to play games on their phones. On top of that if you block pron sites i don't think he will able to survive in the business. Just my 2 cents. Anyway good luck to your friend
 

vivek.krishnan

If you cant see the green dot, I'm offline :P
Veteran
^Good guess. It is a place for people to mingle, so this is what I have given him

Try to keep 2 ISPs, since all the POS is done online. Use the pipes aka limiters to keep dedicated traffic flowing such as POS.
 

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