I am planning to design a wireless solutions for a hotel in my area. I plan to propose Cisco Unified Wireless using WiSM.
Guest authentication feature is available in Cisco Unified using WLC. Is there any other Cisco solutions which I should include to deploy a typical wireless solution for a hotel such as billing system, prepaid card printing,etc.
I'm used to proposed ACS for Enterprise solutions. Should I include ACS in my solution to this hotel too?
I Thing you can go ahead with follwoing things for the hotel wireless design
Wireless lan service module,With this u can enable guest feature,Wireless IP-tel and also it will support for hand billing system like Ipod billing.
Wireless lan solution engine.With this you can
manage all the access point,You can take the report,perform the config from remote and monitor the same
ACS should be there inorder to authanticate with client as well as access point,You can go ahed with PEAP or LEAP.You have to enable radius server in ACS.All access point ,WLSM should be AAA client of radius.
I used it in my last company to provide guest wireless access, issuing temporary "tickets" at zero cost, but it can be configured to charge for access etc. It can be used for both Wired and Wireless connections, so you could provide different facilities in room and in public areas.
The recommended replacement for the Cisco BBSM is the Cisco NAC Appliance (formerly Cisco Clean Access). Where support for wired deployments is not required the Cisco Unified Wireless Network (wireless LAN controllers and the Wireless Control System) can provide guest access support.
We manage close to 100 hotel and resort properties and moved off of BBSM because of this reason.