Setting Up a Computer Game Shop

Hello Experts ,

Can you pls direct me to some learnings on setting up a computer game sho pof around 4 to 6 PCs to start with?
Is wireless connection more efficient and cost effective than wire connection? Also, what are the different stages or checklist so i need? This is my first time and i have only a bit of backgound in computers. I plan to do this myself and not to outsource this. Thanks.
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tankergoblinConnect With a Mentor Commented:
what kind of program you are talking here.
If you are talking about program that control your client pc access time, etc . I think you can try cafesuite

If you talk about internet connection then i think router can do the work for you.
Da_Ch0senConnect With a Mentor Commented:
First thing , WIRED is much faster and reliable than wireless espacially if you use CAT 6 cables with gigabit Ethernet adpters and Gigabit switch.
start with the following
start up all computers
go to network settings, right click on the local LAN .
go to properties
scroll down to TCP/IP (IPV4) settings
click properties
set up the following on each of the machines
IP address : - - .. etc till you reach which is the last machine (in case you had 6 computers)
subnet mask should be on all of them
connect all of the computers to the switch using CAT6 cables.

PS: to test connectivity from one computer to the other
Hold down the windows key on the keyboard and click R while holding down
type CMD in the box that pop up and click enter
type :
ping -t (or any IP that you want to make sure your connected too)
if it is replying that means it is connected.

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"Is wireless connection more efficient and cost effective than wire connection?"
It's all depend to how you want to use it.
If you want to move your pc/laptop around then wireless is the best choice.
If you just want to fix your pc in one place then wired connection is the one you should consider. The reason is because wired connection provide faster transfer rate. You have several choices in cable such as fiber optic,etc.
Now a-days you can buy a router with wireless and wired together.
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tankergoblinConnect With a Mentor Commented:
When you choose whether wire or wireless you can that below 5 keys as a guide:

1, Easy installation
2, Cost
3, Reliability
4, Performance
5, Security

Wired LANs

-Very time consuming
-Difficult to run cables under the floor.

-Medium and device not expensive.
-Free sharing software package available

-Extremely reliable because improvement of the technology for several decades.

-Offer bandwidth from 100Mbps
-Provide sufficient file sharing, gaming and high speed internet access.

-Firewall is built-in component for Broadband router.

The latest standard 802.11g with bandwidth 54Mbps

-Require network adapter
-need access point
-can reach to 100 feet depend to obstruction

-cost more than wired network

-not very reliable
-might interfere by other signal like cordless phone, etc

-Performance is distance sensitive
-sufficient for file sharing but not that recommended for LAN gaming.

-Less secured
-protect data using WEP

tankergoblinConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Since you want to provide gaming service.
I suggest you to use wired LANs connection.
The reason is because it give you high performance and reliability.
what you need are cat5 cable,if you not connect to internet than you can just buy a switch.
if you want to connect to internet than you need a broadband router.(you can get broadband router with both wired and wireless connection(more expensive)).
Router come with 4 port therefore you need to buy a switch if you want to connect more than 4 pc together.
naquinoAuthor Commented:
ok. thanks for all your advices on the type of netwrok. I hae already a linksys router that i am using on my desktop PC.

So how about on programs that can control the client PCs from the server/main PC, what kind of set-up / intallation do i need to do?
naquinoAuthor Commented:
Thanks to all who particapated.
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