what is best wifi hotspot hardware/software?

Dear Expert,

For restaurant branches I am looking for a WiFi HotSpot solution, where I can issue tickets or tokens on minutes or hours base.
I have only one or two access point on each branch so I am looking for a cheap but stable solution.

thanks,
nainasipraAsked:
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Craig BeckCommented:
Zyxel N4100 is a good choice.
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TonyCommented:
As far as the hardware is concerned you can go with Linksys AP's as they are cheap and reliable since the hardware inside them is by Cisco systems... For the software part you don't need anything special.... Just configure the AP and connect the WiFi device you wish to the network and run the application you need. I would go with windows server software if needed, for better compatibility.
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Craig BeckCommented:
you can go with Linksys AP's as they are cheap and reliable since the hardware inside them is by Cisco systems...
Belkin acquired Linksys in 2013.  Aside from that, Cisco have never used their own hardware in Linksys products, hence the vast difference in price and features.
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TonyCommented:
Maybe I should clarify the "by Cisco" part.....either way its a reliable solution.... Configured many of those and are still up and running
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Craig BeckCommented:
You mean older kit then.  Linksys hasn't been 'by Cisco' in over a year now'. :-)

I agree though - they are pretty reliable (Linksys by Cisco devices) and can be easily integrated into the Zyxel solution.  In fact, just plug them into the Zyxel router (obviously configure wireless settings) and it's done.
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Craig BeckCommented:
2600 is proper Cisco.  Probably overkill too.  1600 would be better suited.
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