I'm beginning some research in creating a WiFi Hotspot for a cafe I consult for. The cafe currently has one DSL line the the POS (Point of Sale) machine connects to. This started as a mom and pops, so the security and budget isn't there, please keep this in mind.
My initial thoughts are to get an additional line specifically for the hotspot. I'm not comfortable splitting DSL speeds with the public and having them on our system network. My other thought is that DSL won't be very great for a public Hotspot, even if the users will not be doing any heavy downloading. Currently, we have a 3mb download, but we can bump it to 11mb (that is, the second line for the hotspot).
What I thought was ideal, was to skip the DSL and go for cable. While DSL will claim 11mb at our site, I don't really trust it. However, I know the business class cable provider will give me steady 5mb up/down. Price isn't much of a factor, as cable is like $10 more a month.
My other thought is to place a software based gateway (which is the norm, I suppose) for the guests.
Has anyone here gone through a similar project? I can Google all day along for Hotspot software (like Antamedia), but I want to know from first hand experience what people like and don't from here. And also if my thoughts are correct in the second line.
And really any help and guidance would be cool :) I will post back, if we go through with the project, what was used and my experience with it.