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Recently my brother and I have been talking about how it would be cool if the Dairy Queen him and I work at had a WiFi hotspot. So we brought this up with our boss, who owns the store and he said that he though it sounded like a pretty cool idea. So I told him I'd look into some stuff about it. So I've got a few questions for starters:
-He's got Comcast cable. Would this be an adiquate connection for a WiFi?
-What kind of router would need to be bough? Obviosly a Wireless. I assume it would have to support all wireless card types as well.
-Would anyone be able to hack into his own personal files over that network or is it safe from stuff like that. Same goes for other people connected to the network.

So if anyone has can help me out I would really appreciate it. Thanks
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If its a business line then it can support about 40 connections, Mimo G band Dlink makes good ones, I have two at this R.V.Park that I manage.
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If its a business line then it can support about 40 connections, Mimo G band Dlink makes good ones, I have two at this R.V.Park that I manage.
I'm not sure if it is a business. and i assume you mean when you say a business line you mean a connection that's faster that just a regular cable connection.
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Recently my brother and I have been talking about how it would be cool if the Dairy Queen him and I work at had a WiFi hotspot. So we brought this up with our boss, who owns the store and he said that he though it sounded like a pretty cool idea. So I told him I'd look into some stuff about it. So I've got a few questions for starters:
-He's got Comcast cable. Would this be an adiquate connection for a WiFi?
-What kind of router would need to be bough? Obviosly a Wireless. I assume it would have to support all wireless card types as well.
-Would anyone be able to hack into his own personal files over that network or is it safe from stuff like that. Same goes for other people connected to the network.

So if anyone has can help me out I would really appreciate it. Thanks
-Depends on the amount of people
-Any major brand, if you want a board one get a B/G/A wireless router
-If you set it up right, only an expert hacker can hack it
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Wifi is low freq radio waves and they are transmitted through the air which does present a major security threat if not well considered when building such a system. If his files are behind a hardware firewall router I understand thats about the tops you can expect to secure the network

I am building wifi antennas that will gain 125miles of access so its all possible just google wifi like I did and look for private party systems and go from there. Wifi is great I only wish the industry would establish it everywhere so we wouldn't have to be monopolized by all the broadband companies? Its great for the small networks and you can check out your area colleges for ideas, they all have some wifi systems, airports, etc to get a wide range of ideas and applications you can potentially incorporate.
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wish there was a DQ where i live anywho, comcast has sum pretty good speeds, i currently have 8mb down/768 up. which is [pretty good for 3-4 people downloading and playing wow if setup correctly, but if your gonna have 20+ i would rec. upping the down and up to a lil bit higher
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ya now all you will do is play CS:S
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Here are some things to consider. I think the companies that offer hotspot wireless have some sort of user agreement that you have to through to connect to the system. This keeps them from being held liable in case someone does something wrong (or least attempts to keep them from being held liable). Most places I would guess have some sort of content filter, you would not want 13 yo Jimmy getting into something he should not nor do you want that pee pee toucher down the street accessing his filth via your connection. Your signal will not be just contained in the property lines of the DQ they will spread out a couple hundred feet if not more. You need to do this right otherwise you could find the DQ you work for coming under fire. The other thing is your cable connection. Will the ISP allow this? Some ISPs will not let you do this type of rebroadcast with their service. You need to check this as well. You do not want your boss with a lawsuite from the cable company.

I have never used a hotspot wirelss connection so I do not know if the above applies it is only what came to mind in reading your post.

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Originally Posted by mrreilly
Recently my brother and I have been talking about how it would be cool if the Dairy Queen him and I work at had a WiFi hotspot. So we brought this up with our boss, who owns the store and he said that he though it sounded like a pretty cool idea. So I told him I'd look into some stuff about it. So I've got a few questions for starters:
-He's got Comcast cable. Would this be an adiquate connection for a WiFi?
-What kind of router would need to be bough? Obviosly a Wireless. I assume it would have to support all wireless card types as well.
-Would anyone be able to hack into his own personal files over that network or is it safe from stuff like that. Same goes for other people connected to the network.

So if anyone has can help me out I would really appreciate it. Thanks
First off, as others have said, I'd check with Comcast about this, it doesn't sound like something they would approve of... at least not without an additional service fee.

Many recent routers support 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g. 802.11b is the slowest at 11 Mbps maximum transfer. 802.11g operates at 54 Mbps. 802.11a also operates 54 Mbps however it transmits at a 5 ghz frequency as opposed to the 2.4 ghz frequency 802.11b and 802.11g transmit at; 2.4 ghz being a very common frequency that suffers interference from other electronics and radiowaves. While a 802.11a will generally transmit faster due to lack of interference, it has a much shorter range. This may actually be a good thing if running an AP in a DQ though depending on the size on the area covered. It helps reduce the risk of unsavory people connecting to the network if they have to physically be sitting inside at a table underneath the AP.

As for security... I would STRONGLY recommend that your boss does not have his own computer on the network. The whole setup might as well be considered insecure, people don't have to hack into the router if you're freely handing out the password to patrons. If you have the key you can decrypt all the wireless traffic via packet sniffing and arp poisoning... among other things. *Actually, this is something to keep in mind whenever on an open wireless network anywhere... never ever login to anything you don't want compromised unless you know you're using a secure protocol. If someone is sniffing or poisoning the network maliciously they're probably logging whatever information you transmit.
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