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Advice needed for setting up internet cafe


MikeSA

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I intend setting up an internet café and would appreciate any advice. What computer specs would be ideal and what pitfalls to avoid? Am I correct that low-spec machines would suffice as customers would only be browsing and not wanting to play high-end games. Is there software available specifically for internet cafes would it be imperative to install Windows 8 on all the machines or would I get by simply with Windows XP or an open source operating system?

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abs2243

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Im considering setting up an Internet cafe and was intrigued by this thread which seems to have some useful and well informed advice. Having succeeded and failed in business I cannot endorse enough the advice to do your research then do some more....hence the reason for me being here!

My idea is to have a 'mobile internet cafe' which I intend to run at markets and events. I intend to use virtualisation technology to run virtual pc's and also have high-end physical PC's for gaming. Wi-Fi will also be offered for smartphone users both as passing trade and as a home page offering Wi-Fi to anyone within range. I agree just being an Internet cafe is not going to be enough so I would need to add or specialise in something like drinks or hot/cold food, printing (photos and documents), faxing, scanning, payzone etc

As for the death of the Internet cafe I think people will always need high speed PC based access. Yes you can write a long document or email reply from your smartphone but it's always going to be better with a full size keyboard with the ability to see more of the document. I think internet cafe numbers will diminish and they will and are re-inventing themselves.

I would appreciate any feedback on my business idea. I think the only thing that comes to my mind as a negative is the advent of 4g technology, food vendor quota's at certain venues and the British weather....Thank you for reading

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wee eddie

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Mike: How have you done so far.

I was going to suggest that a conversation with Dell would be useful as you would probably need a Range of Workstations for simple Surfing and a couple for Gamers. Probably built with no Drives ou USB Sockets available for external devices or with special USB sockets that only allow one way traffic.

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wee eddie

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You would also need a tame IT Specialist as there is a wonderful part of the public that delights in messing up anything they can

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abs2243

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I am the tame IT specialist, I'm MCSE and CCNA certified but have been absent from the indusry for 11 years,. I haven't progressed the idea further, I've decided to get a job and try it as a weekend venture initially.

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wee eddie

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abs2243: I have lately assumed that the SA in MikeSA referred to his being in South Africa, but I could be well wrong.

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Forum Editor

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"I've decided to get a job and try it as a weekend venture initially."

A wise decision.

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