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Choice Hotels International wants to set up Internet access for their customers... they are thinking about all options including wireless, hard wired LAN; a fiber connection to their ISP and possibly a sat link. They are also discussing security, backup plans for failures, and trying to identify the unknown unknowns and develop a comprehensive plan. Discuss in detail what they should do and develop a step-by-step plan for them. Make sure you reference your statements, not just a list of sources at the bottom of your post. When you post, make sure you state both "what" should be done as well as the context and the "why" or reasoning behind your statements; and don't forget the "how".

Please use Web references (not Wikipedia) and site any information in APA format.

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Thoughts on Internet access setup
Choice Hotels International wants to set up Internet access for their customers . . . they are thinking about all options including wireless, hard wired LAN; a fiber connection to their ISP and possibly a sat link. They are also discussing security, backup plans for failures, and trying to identify the unknown unknowns and develop a comprehensive plan. Discuss in detail what they should do and develop a step-by-step plan for them. Make sure you reference your statements, not just a list of sources at the bottom of your post. When you post, make sure you state both "what" should be done as well as the context and the "why" or reasoning behind your statements; and don't forget the "how".

Please use Web references (not Wikipedia) and site any information in APA format.

Running Head: CHOICE HOTELS

Choice Hotels
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Abstract
This paper discusses Choice Hotels International (CHI)'s need for worldwide Internet access. Pursuant to their superb hospitality quest, options are outlined herein for them to consider, including, but not limited to wireless access, a hard-wired local area network (LAN), fiber connection to their ISP, or potentially satellite internet service. Security, backup plans for failure, and identification of unknown variables are developed in this comprehensive document. This text will also attempt to emphasize "what" should be done (and in what context), how it may be executed, and the "why" or the reasoning behind all referenced statements.

Choice Hotels International (CHI)
CHI is one of the largest and most successful lodging franchisors in the world. Built on the foundation of the venerable Quality Inn® brand a pioneer in consistent mid-priced lodging, Choice Hotels® today is the worldwide franchisor of Cambria Suites®, Comfort Inn®, Comfort Suites®, Quality®, Sleep Inn®, Clarion®, MainStay Suites®, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel®, Econo Lodge®, and Rodeway Inn® brand hotels. Publicly traded since 1996 (NYSE:CHH), Choice Hotels continues to lead the lodging industry as an innovative and growing company (Choice Hotels, 2008).

Internet Access Options
Firstly, according to HowStuffWorks (n.d.), "Networking allows one computer to send information to and receive information from another. We may not always be aware of the numerous times we access information on computer networks. Certainly the Internet is the most conspicuous example of computer networking, linking millions of computers around the world, but smaller networks play a role in information access on a daily basis."
The options available for Choice Hotels International may include wireless, hard-wired local area network (LAN), fiber connection to an ISP, or possibly a satellite connection. However, the only connection I would recommend for CHI is the satellite connection, which can be utilized at ANY of their global locations at sea, in the mountains, or anywhere on planet earth, per se.
According to HowStuffWorks (n.d.), "Local area network (LAN) technologies connect many devices that are relatively close to each other, usually in the same building. The library terminals that display book information would connect over a local area network. Wide area network (WAN) technologies connect a smaller number of devices that can be many kilometers apart. For example, if two libraries at the opposite ends of a city wanted to share their book catalog information, they would most likely make use of a wide area network technology, which could be a dedicated line leased from the local telephone company, intended solely to carry their data.
In comparison to WANs, LANs are faster and more reliable, but improvements in technology continue to blur the line of demarcation. Fiber optic cables have allowed LAN technologies to connect devices tens of kilometers apart, while at the same time greatly improving the speed and reliability of WANs.

The original Ethernet described communication over a single cable shared by all devices on the network. Once a device attached to this cable, it had the ability to communicate with any other attached device. This allows the network to expand to accommodate new devices without requiring any modification to those devices already on the network.
Ethernet is a local area technology, with networks traditionally operating within a single building, connecting devices in close proximity. At most, Ethernet devices could have only a ...

Solution Summary

The solution discusses different internet access setups for customers of Choice Hotels International. The Hotels are thinking about all options including wireless, hard wired LAN and fiber connection. What and why for specific reasoning is given.

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