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Wifi Hotspot


Nowadays it is rare to think of an internet installation without Wi-Fi. Initially it was common only to supply internet via an ethernet network cable that plugged in to any personal computer. The norm today is for clients to connect to the internet wirelessly. This is achieved by installing a WiFi router.

The coverage area created by these devices is dependent on the antenna and output power (which is a function of the cost). Physical factors like walls (and the thickness of them), trees, double story houses, etc. can adversely affect their range and throughput. For this there is no general rule or guideline as to what to the coverage would be like. The only way is by trial and error. These units can however be chained together to create greater coverage.

Hotspot interface:

A common practice today involves supplying internet to guests of guest houses, restaurants and public places. Two different models exist here 1) the host can decide to give internet to the guests free of charge or 2) it can be revenue driven. Either way, access to this resource (the internet) need to be controlled, otherwise you would open yourself up for abuse. There are various configuration and vouchers options available.


Wifi Device

Cost (Incl VAT)

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TotoLink standard range

R 350.00

Output Power = 80 mW

Totolink HP long range

R 684.00

Output Power = 800 mW

Mikrotik Hotspot

R 1,400.00

Output Power = 1000 mW with login page customised with client logo.

Mikrotik HAP LiteR 456.00
Ubiquiti Unifi Enterprise IndoorR 1,175.00Enterprise solution
Ubiquiti UniFi Dual Band AC Long Range APR 1,875.00Enterprise long range
Ubiquiti UniFi Outdoor Dual Band AC
R 1,695.002.4Ghz and 5Ghz Outdoor
300Mbps High Gain Wireless N USB Adapter
R 150.00For computers with no wifi