what is the best internet cafe software

October 1, 2010 at 11:22:38
Specs: Windows 7 ultimate, duo 2.5/3 gb
So, I have an cafe, where I allow my customers to access my wi-fi router for free. Currently what they do is just find my access point and get on with a single password for all that I provide for them and change everyday.

My concern is as follows: I would like to control the sites they visit, in other words a type of parental control, so they dont visit sites that are inappropriate. It would also be interesting to be able to control other things such as bandwith as well so that one user does not hog up the bandwith......i dont have a server


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#1
October 1, 2010 at 11:23:39
my router is a thompson tg585 v7...over adsl

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October 1, 2010 at 11:42:33

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#3
October 1, 2010 at 12:03:18
Perhaps I'm stupid but I don't get it.

I suspect most, if not all of your customers are adults. So why do you feel you need to control where they go on the internet? Why do you even care?

Personally, if i hung out at an internet cafe and I found they were limiting my access, the cafe would lose my business. I'm sure I'm not the only person who feels that way.

Besides, when it comes right down to brass tacks, you're not responsible for your clients and where they surf and what they do online. So if your concern is possible litigation, you needn't worry.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#4
October 1, 2010 at 17:47:48
I beg to differ with Curt R on what your responsibilities might be.
If your clients access inappropriate websites or perform illegal activities using your internet connection the trace comes back to your ISP and to your account there. Do you wish to expose yourself to the risk of being investigated & possibly charged over activities on your internet account? You may ultimately be exonerated of any wrongdoing but the cost of defending yourself could wipe you out. Better to invest a little in a suitable server and some monitoring & filtering, and risk losing a little business from someone with unsavoury surfing tendancies, than to remain in your current exposed position. Managing the risks associated with the internet cafe side of your business is no different than managing the risks in your kitchen.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#5
October 1, 2010 at 22:35:36
Sir, I kindly respect your opinion and recommendation and even though I agree with your premise, I wouldn't give legal advice with out specific knowledge of a situation. In my case, since I have no server, everyone connects to the internet over my same ip address. So should users/customers decide to visit inappropriate sites (that I need not mention), I could be potentially in a legal mess. That by the time I clear up, I would have endured an unnecessary investigation for. I only plan on limiting pornography sites and nothing more.
Search the news and you'll see that there are examples of even wi-fi home users that were investigated when a neighbor of theirs used the access for inappropriate surfing....additionally if the customer is visiting the sites that I will block, I dont want them in my cafe anyway (and if I have to explain the sites I mean - use your imagination)....but again thanks for the humble advice.

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#6
October 2, 2010 at 05:22:20
If your clients access inappropriate websites or perform illegal activities using your internet connection the trace comes back to your ISP and to your account there. Do you wish to expose yourself to the risk of being investigated & possibly charged over activities on your internet account?

I don't know about the US but in Canada, as far as I know, there is no law stating a provider is legally responsible for what a client does online.

Please understand, I despise child molesters and child pornographers and I also strongly dislike people sucking up my gaming bandwidth up/downloading illegal movies/music/software.

However, if I choose to engage in any of the above activities, my ISP is not responsible for what I do and can't be charged. At an internet cafe, you as the owner provide internet access almost like an ISP and also are not legally liable for what clients do. Which is why I said what I did.

Richard, if you decide to host a p-to-p server and have gigs upon gigs of music, movies and music on your computers, or worse thousands of child porn images and you get caught, does your government also charge your ISP?

According to what you said above, they too would be responsible since they provided you with the means to your end.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#7
October 7, 2010 at 05:44:55

Got some old hardware around?

Try http://www.untangle.com/

I have played around with this at home for awhile. I loved it, but my girldfriend hated it cause I could see how much porn she watched, and had the power to block it. It's a bit overkill for a home router, but perfect for what you want to achive.


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#8
October 7, 2010 at 23:24:20
I'd love it if my girl watched porn......haa haaa - they all do secretly!....hahaha thanks bud!

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