Running an Internet cafe isn't just a matter of setting up a few computers and inviting customers to use them. You have to have a way to monitor and charge for the amount of time that customers use. Internet Cafe Management Software, or IncaMS, is a simple program that lets you do just that. It's not particularly sophisticated, but if you need a basic way to track computer usage and ring up transactions, it could be exactly what you're looking for.
IncaMS includes both client and server software, and we installed both without any issues. The program lets you manage up to 50 terminals, and it was pretty easy to figure out how everything worked without consulting the online Help file. IncaMS lets customers prepay and use a terminal for a set amount of time--the program will automatically end the session once the time is up--or pay after using a terminal for as long as they like. A stock editor lets you charge customers not only for Internet usage but also for food, beverages, fax, telephone, and any other goods or services your cafe might provide. A checkout dialog lets you complete cash transactions and print receipts. At the end of the day, the cash-up feature provides a summary of the shift's transactions. Overall, we liked IncaMS quite a bit. We're sure that there are fancier programs of this type, but this one is free and more than adequate.
Internet Cafe Management Software comes as a ZIP file. It installs and uninstalls without issues.