Mac Mini as Hotel Lobby Computer

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Shadowhawk, Jul 16, 2006.

  1. Shadowhawk macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2006
    I manage a hotel, and am a Mac supporter. I would love to set up a Mac Mini in the lobby for guests to use for browsing the internet, printing airline boarding passes, and printing documents.

    Several companies make software for hotel lobby computers, but is there one for Macs? Obviously I could just play with all the settings, but I want an all-in-one solution so I wouldn't have to keep going back, and updating settings all the time.

  2. jsfpa macrumors regular


    Oct 26, 2003
    As much as I love Macs, you could have a problem. When trying to print a boarding pass for US-Air, they required Internet Explorer. I'm sure there are work arounds but in my case it was just easier to boot my XP partition.
  3. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    I don't think putting a Mac in a hotel lobby is a good idea. Most people don't know how to use a Mac or would be put off by its unfamiliarity. A computer in a hotel lobby exists for convenience.
  4. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    You could always run XP on the mini.... Boot Camp lets you do that you know.... ;)

  5. Shadowhawk thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2006
    Thats why I was hoping someone made an all-in-one program like they have for some other hotels (I know they have them for linux, so I assumed they would have one for Mac). It never actually lets the users into the desktop, it's just a program that acts as a operations shell with 3 or 4 options (internet, word doc, printing, airline passes).

    Also, the Mac Mini is the perfect size for what I needed. I might just have to go with one of those mini HP computers.
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005

    That or Opera in Kiosk mode. I made a Windows 2000 kiosk with a limited account for our waiting room. No one uses the damn thing though.
  7. reh macrumors 6502a

    Oct 24, 2003

    I use the windows version of this on some library computers. I recommend it. It has saved me A LOT of work cleaning up after idiots that feel it's their duty to mess with public computers.
  8. CEAbiscuit macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2006
    The Kitchen
    The International House in New Orleans has an iMac in the lobby with Firefox as well as Safari. Has always worked for me. Go for it. Very cool hotel vibe, and the iMac just adds to it.
  9. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    Most of the kiosk browser programs have an address bar, back and forward if it's just that running on the Mac, I don't think it would really matter, as it's not that different from a kiosk program running on a PC.
  10. OutThere macrumors 603


    Dec 19, 2002
    So you can put linux on the mini and run the kiosk that you already have experienced/know about from there.

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