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Most commercially-available broadband connections operate at a speed of 2 megabits per second (2Mb/s)
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I think a lot of it depends on how many customers you are going to be dealing with at any given time. A basic cable connection would be sufficient for 3-5 people. I know this because I can be downloading a file (900kb/s) while both my mother and younger sister play WoW with no slow down. I don't have the cheapest cable, though, got an upgraded package or something. I can check up on the exacts if you want.

We used to have the "basic" cable offered by our ISP, and even then, slow downs and bottlenecks were not an issue.
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They most definitely use high speed hookups , T1 , Fiber...
Look into "Verizon Fios" , affordable fiber optic connection.
http://www22.verizon.com/Content/ConsumerFiOS/
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I'm not looking to set up anything. I'm just craving for the knowledge. BTW, what exactly is a switch? I know what it looks like but what exactly does it do?
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A switch takes you internet connection and splits the info to each individual computer. Its kind of like a router, but with no other frills. The main difference why you would use a switch over anything else like a hub is that the switch is smart as stated above it doesn't just forward everything to all ports.

As far as providing wireless to your store customers it would be best if we could know what kind of store and how many people there would be using it max. Also you don't want any freeloaders so I would suggest you use an encrypted wifi signal. All a customer would have to do is go ask a store employee for the password.
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