one of my client recently recently bought a 3 star hotel having 90 rooms and i have been asked to look intot the IT aspect of it. its a brand new one with no pre-existing network setup.
there would be only 4-5 PC users in the beginning and only PABX has been done so far.
I will be looking into setting up a property management solution (most probably cloud based), small network setup for the PCs and access points. The client wants to charge guest for WIFI on a daily basis so a hotspot management device will be required.
Based on this what would be your ideal network setup and what devices would you use to implement? The client has no budget in his mind but he is very cost conscious.
It is the 31 and you posted this a day ago. Patience
Budman is the go to guy for this but Ill ask you some basic questions which answers will problably help him get you help faster.
I started talking about what you posted but I actually decided to rewrite the post almost!
There are several layers in network starting from physical all the way to application. You are already thinking of the application without starting from physical!
And with almost everything physical, we start with money
You said your client was "cost conscious"; This is something that needs to be known, budget. Depending on the budget, you can get material that is supported by a company (example: Cisco) which can do all this or you can do all this with budget hardware/software (pfsense) but involves a bit more tinkering.
And if you are going to invest in a long term investment like a hotel, Id get the network infrastructure right the first time around.
One of the first things is physical wiring; You are going to want to know where you can wire from/to. Budman has a lot more experience in this but personally, Id work from a central common point and work out from there, making a detail diagram of where to and from I want to wire. Planning and drawing this out is VERY important. Ive seen business that have their backup server in one room, their backbone in another....Budman like I said will be more of help than I am.
Next up is physical equipment; Router is obvious but a backup server for a hotel which stores clients personal data, reservations, etc I think is critical. Problably more than one copy is needed as well.
You said there 4-5 PC users; What exactly are these 4-5 PC users? Clients? Employees? Will they be wired 24/7 or work also on wireless? You do you want to split your wireless employees and your wireless clients? Also you are going to have in a 90 room hotel more than 4-5 NETWORK users at a time, believe me...
Also property management solution (most probably cloud based); What exactly do you mean? You want to manage the network from the outside? If so, I dont see any reason why, if you are the only one admining it, that you can remotely troubleshoot it from another location.
Hotspot management.....I think pfSense can do this so you might want to look into that.
Please note that since it is a 90 room hotel, you are going to have to put several APs for all the rooms to have DECENT wifi range (not to mention implement QoS so idiots dont torrent sucking up all the bandwidth). Talking about torrenting, do you want to limit your customers as in no Skyping, no torrenting, no YouTube, etc?
I think you will have to give us a bit more on what the hotel wants from its network.