hi, i have a relative who is going to setup a cafe he has the building and the computers. 8 computers it will have to begin with. ive recommended that he choose a isp with the highest upload possible. the people who will be using it will be at best individuals who have a basic knowledge of operating computers. so the equipment cant be professional (cisco routers, etc). im thinking that he can use a commerical router(netgear, linksys,etc) and a switch setup. however tbh i am unsure of how he will do all the wiring (this is what he mainly needs help on). i mean will he use Twisted Pair Cable under the floorboards and terminate it with a rj45 wall port at 1 end. with a patch panel at the other end? then wires from the patch panel to switch. and switch to router? also would 1mb upload be enuff for 8 pcs. i mean at the moment hes limited to using commerical isps and equipment. and 1mb is around the max most isps do. the other problem is software. he will need software that allows him to monitor how much time a user is using on each pc. ie say they pay for 1 hour, the net must stop working for him after 1 hour and the internat cache/history must clear so the next user can start fresh. he'll need upload/download limiters also, but it will have to be a server-client proggy. ie he will have 1 main machine (server) controlling their access.