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Hey guys

One of my clients would like to set up a free WiFi for their patients in a dental practice. What's the best router/solution for a small number of visitors (max 50 a day)?  It should be available in the UK.

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helpfinderIT ConsultantCommented:
For cheap one I have good experience with Asus RT-N10 which is able to run dd-wrt also (what could be good if you want to separate LANs or configure some splash screen etc.)
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Garry GlendownConsulting and Network/Security SpecialistCommented:
You could set up a small box running Linux with e.g. Coova-Chilli, which is a complete hotspot solution. It will work with just about any access point, and will allow for filtering, user authentication/tickets etc. if wanted ... Hardware requirements are low, so even something like an integrated box w/ Atom processor should do nicely...
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TechneutCommented:
I'm not sure the availability there in the UK, but you can pretty much get any type of Wireless router.

If you say 50 users max, it really depends on how large the bandwidth you have. If you only have 1meg up and down, then no matter what hardware you get, it will be slow. I think for minimal throughput-traffic, such as web browsing, 3 to 5megs would be sufficient (as long as you filter - like make your DNS filter traffic so users don't stream?)

If you need to VLAN (which most manufacturers do now), I would suggest getting the top of line model you see at the store you go to.

Hope this helps.
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kirretAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys, the 50 users a day is not concurrent users but just over 1 day period (10 hours or so).
I'm looking for a solution where I can block certain websites for visitors. An access point type of a device would do, with a VLAN option so local network is completely separated from guests.
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TechneutCommented:
Yes, so any wireless router will be able to do this. Most wireless routers now-a-days have that setup out the box, where you have internal network setup and guest network setup.

You will have to point your DNS to a place "like" OpenDNS so you can filter the traffic. If you create a free account - which is all you need - you can click on boxes you want to filter, such as porn, youtube, or whatever.
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helpfinderIT ConsultantCommented:
I did the same with Asus RT-N10 with flashed dd-wrt firmware. (but could be any router supporting dd-wrt).
It was an office with approx 4 PCs and 2 notebooks connected wirelesly and wired with and cafe where customers had wifi for their browsing. There were set 2 VLANs without chance to go from one to other (office 192.168.1.x was not browsable from coffe wifi 10.0.0.x)
block websites should not be a problem as well as other required settings.

It´s a option, no doubts there are also other.
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kirretAuthor Commented:
OK, thanks guys.
I have more questions though :)
Current setup they have includes a server (with DHCP enabled) and a wired router. This wired router has to stay in place so we cannot replace that.
My questions are: Can this Asus RT-N10 create a public hotspot for patients (and provide DHCP for those, keeping it separate from the local LAN) and can it create another Wifi network for the office workers which is just an extension to the local hard wired network (Server giving out DHCP).

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helpfinderIT ConsultantCommented:
if you are working with dd-wrt firmware, I recommend you this wiki tutorial:
http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Multiple_WLANs

also this could be useful:
http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Separate_LAN_and_WLAN
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