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Advice on how to setup an online gaming center - recommended network setup, hardware, etc

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Folks,

I would appreciate help on this topic. I am helping out a friend who is in the process of setting up a NET connected GAMING CENTER. I would appreciate any advice from folks who have set a similar Gaming LAN Network from scratch. Specifically looking for the type of setup involved - hardware, software, infrastructure etc. Also looking at security issues and platform issues - Linux, WIndows etc.

Any help would be very welcome.

Thanks and look forward to hearing from you the Experts.

Tom - *** Email address removed by turn123, PE ***

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It depends on the scope of your friends plans. When you say Gaming Center are we talking about 5 machines in the spare room, or 50 PC's in a strip mall? If it's the latter, then I have a business plan example here somewhere that some people who were opening a place like that had put together.

IMHO, if he is planning on opening a 20+ PC commercial enterprise, at least the setup had better be done by an experienced professional, and it should also have maintenance done by someone who knows what they are doing technically.

If he is just setting up a few computers to throw LAN parties, then all he really needs is a switch/router/firewall combo to connect the PCs to the internet.

And in either scenario, whether or not he needs server(s) depends on whether he is going to be hosting his own dedicated game servers, just allowing people to connect to game servers on the net, or allowing people to run a game 'server' (for LAN or internet use) off of the PC they are using to play.

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Tell ya what. It's about 30K, so drop me an email (address is in my profile, and I'll email it to you.

I just took a look, and it's listed as an internet cafe business plan. Now I haven't read it, but the friend who sent it to me has discussed it with me quite a bit, and it shold at least give you an idea of what is involved.

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I seem to have a knack for picking people who abandon questions... or else my answers run them off! :(

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Oh yeah, I'll happily take the points either way :)
that would be fine with me.  Everyone that posted contributed.

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Coolness.

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Thats fine with me

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Sorry administrator and all others who have assisted me with various solutions regards the posted issue. Unfortunately for the better part of the past few months I have been travelling and unable to access private email / board messages.

A hearty thanks to all and my sincere apologies.

Tom
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