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I'm talking about internet. I'm don't know much about networking. You always see routers and switches. I'm wondering, what do internet cafes use or how they set up their internet? What I really just want to know is do they pay for one connection and just connect all the computers to that one connection? Wouldn't that make internet uber slow on the computers since it's divided?

I'm obviously not getting it here cause it's not logical. Someone clear it up?
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post #2 of 15
they probably have a few high speed connections and some wireless routers
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my internet cafe uses 2 DSL Lines routed to everything through a big ass switch.
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my internet cafe uses 2 DSL Lines routed to everything through a big ass switch.
Can you elaborate more? My work has asked me to look into providing wireless in the store for customers. But I can forsee a lot of lag with just a normal DSL or Cable line. Would I need a T1 connection with a wireless router?
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post #5 of 15
depends on which one you're talking about.

some have several high speed interconnections, by high speed i mean better than cable. and they have several switches and routers.

bigger cafe's use what you call dss connections. for huge ones they may even have a dss3 connections, but very unlikely for interet cafes.

but most likely you're talking about a starbucks size place, and MOST of them just use a T1 or cable connections connected to switches and routers.
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post #6 of 15
im not really sure how they have it but i believe the two connection are combined together than routed through the switch.
post #7 of 15
Locally here in bend I can get a static ip address that has 4x the bandwith, but it costs way to much.
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post #8 of 15
Starbucks uses T1 lines, for which they recieved a lot of "nudge, nudge, wink wink" from the tech community. They do that for the reliablility of service factor. Basic T1 is 1.5 MBps, but can come in forms that provide up to 18 MBps. It is pretty expensive, prohibitively so for residential users.
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post #9 of 15
Cafes and game centers use different connections depending on their size and income, many smaller ones use Cable / DSL, while larger ones sometimes run T1 and up. Just depends on the Cafe / Center... (I've been doing alot of research on game centers recently as far as opening one etc...)
    
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post #10 of 15
yeah if you want to get a T1, make sure you get a FULL T1 connection, not the lowest rated one. FULL T1 is i think the best T1,

but if your using it in your house, you dont' need anything except like cable or dsl
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