It’s 2018 and, really, it should come as no surprise to you that free WiFi has moved beyond the world of luxury extras and is now an essential part of any hospitality package.
Whether you’re a hotel, large venue, apartment block or any other business with a customer-service element, integrated guest WiFi produces not only immense goodwill from your customer base, but also presents a tremendous opportunity to drive loyalty, generate advanced analytics and boost sales of key products.
WiFi is vital, then, but establishing, maintaining and updating an effective WiFi network isn’t something that can be done half-heatedly – it’s a significant commitment, one which demands expertise at every turn.
We know that not every business has that expertise to hand though, which is why we’re proud to offer the Managed Solutions – our end-to-end solution which encompasses each key stage of a successful WiFi implementation.
Fully managed, it’s the effortless way to bring the gift of guest WiFi to both your customers and your bottom line. Here are just a few of the huge benefits offered by our fully managed WiFi solution:
Advanced project planning
The biggest issue for any guest WiFi implementation is coverage. After all, a WiFi solution which couples spotty coverage with slow speeds is a recipe for disgruntled customers.
The Airangel Managed Solution includes every aspect of advanced project planning. Our team visit your site to better understand your requirements and perform analysis prior to installation, testing for wall density, checking for potential demand hotspots and performing wireless surveys to ensure that the installation produces incredible, consistent results day after day and year on year.
Once installed, we provide clients with a pre-configured cloud-managed router which can be accessed from anywhere, at any time.
It enables our customers, plus members of our support team, to manage every aspect of the guest WiFi experience from a simple yet powerful central hub. In addition, you’ll enjoy detailed reports on the performance of your network.
Nothing under the sun is perfect, but with our 24/7 monitoring, support and assistance, it’ll certainly feel like it is.
It begins with 24/7 cloud-based network monitoring of your network and includes support from our highly skilled Customer Support Team. We’re there when you need us, and with round-the-clock assistance for any issue you have, regardless of how large or small it may seem.
We’re keenly aware of just how important fully functional, high-speed wireless internet is for the success of modern businesses so we don’t make you wait for help when you need it with all work completed within pre-agreed SLAs, for ease of mind.
Security is essential in a world where hacks and attacks are commonplace on the internet. It’s why we offer Web Shield, our in-house security system. Web Shield is consistently updated to the very latest security protocols, patching any potential vulnerabilities which may arise from your system for advanced malware protection.
It’s a must for business clients and a vital source of reassurance for every guest, taken care of quietly and efficiently by our advanced network.
To learn more about our fully managed guest WiFi solution, get in touch with us today and discover how we can help bring amazing WiFi to your customers.
Less than two years ago, a report from the National Infrastructure Commission identified 53 countries with better 4G connections than the UK, including nations like Panama, Albania, Peru and Romania.
It was a damning blow for a rollout of the next-gen mobile internet standard which had proven slow, inconsistent and disappointing.
Today, however, things could hardly be more different. According to the latest analysis from OpenSignal, 4G availability has expanded massively with the UK’s largest network, EE, offering 4G coverage of 86.62% with O2 and Vodafone not far behind.
In terms of speed too, 4G has dramatically improved its standing, with EE’s 4G download speeds hitting an average of 29.02Mbps, as of April 2018.
Whilst improved mobile internet is good for everyone, it’s raising serious questions around the need for guest WiFi in the 4G era. With 5G just around the corner too, are the days of free WiFi coming to an end?
The answer, of course, is no. Here’s why we think free WiFi will remain relevant for decades to come:
Whilst the speed and availability of 4G networks have increased, enabling hi-resolution streaming of music and video, there’s one thing which hasn’t increased – the average amount of monthly data we enjoy.
With many contracts locked at less than 5GB of data per month, it’s simply not possible for many customers to rely exclusively on their mobile data.
Free WiFi, therefore, offers customers the chance to rest their data. For businesses, that means customers on your network and more opportunity to interact with branded, high-quality guest WiFi.
Advanced in-room hospitality features
Increasingly, the hospitality sector is turning towards advanced in-room entertainment as a differentiator in a crowded, tough marketplace.
That’s meant superior connectivity between the electronics that customers bring to hotels and the in-room entertainment options that are available. Specifically, we’ve seen significant growth with Google Chromecast enabled devices, which allow customers to ‘cast’ any media from their smart devices to in-room screens instantly.
Features like this demand WiFi to function, making guest WiFi and the hotel home experience an essential element of the hospitality experience.
Any network will slow down as more users come online, but mobile networks are especially susceptible to slow down during peak hours – as anyone who’s attempted to use their 4G signal at a sports ground will tell you.
Guest WiFi, by limiting the number of potential users to those within the structure, doesn’t suffer from the same issues. Even better, by using our cloud-based administration panel, managing the health of your network is fast and simple.
Guest WiFi is Faster than 4G
4G has made great strides in average download speed and whilst it’s made up ground compared to average ‘home’ download speeds, the fact remains that guest WiFi can be (and often is) significantly faster than 4G connections.
With an average home broadband speed of 46.2Mbpps as of May 2018, guest WiFi has the potential to be significantly faster and more usable than 4G, keeping it an essential part of the modern technological world.
Paul Bunyan Technologies can install a Secure and reliable Guest Wi-Fi Solution in your Restaurant or Bar for your Guest.
We offer the latest technology in Wi-Fi. We offer many different features such as Cloud Base Management Portal, Facebook Check-In, and 24/7 Monitoring and Support.
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We pitched this ideal to a local resort on Mille Lacs Lake to expand their guest wireless out to their premier fish houses that they rent out to guests. With this service guests would be able to stream services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Youtube, check emails, surf the net, etc while they are fishing. The resort liked the ideal and it would be a service that no other resort on the lake currently offers. So we are starting with a trial by installing wireless in just one of their fish houses to show the resort that this concept will work. If everything works this winter they will be adding this service to an estimated 5 to 10 other Premier Fish Houses.
Equipment Used in Project:
1 – Litebeam 5AC 16 120 Radio
1 – IsoStation 5AC CPE
2 – Ubnt Fiber-POE Media Converters
2 – Ubnt Multi-Mode SFP’s
1 – Ubnt NanoSwitch
1 – Unifi AC-Lite Access Point
We started out temporarily running about 800ft 6-count Multi-mode fiber from one of the guest cabins that already had wireless to the end of the resorts dock to mount the Ubnt Litebeam AC 16 120 PTMP Antenna on top of the their light pole.
We used one of ubnt new NanoSwitch at the cabin to temporarily tie into the current wireless network. We then installed one of the ubnt Fiber-POE Media Converter off the NanoSwitch. Both the NanoSwitch and Fiber-POE are being power from a Unifi 8-160W Switch
At the end dock we installed the Litebeam 5AC 16 120 about 18 to 20 Feet off the water, and the other Fiber-POE is also installed at the end of the dock to feed the LiteBeam 5AC 16 120 Radio.
The Fish House that we are testing the wireless is a estimated 1 1/2 to 2 Miles off shore. We installed the IsoStation 5AC on a mast that is also from Ubiquiti. And we then installed a Unifi AC-Lite inside the fish house to provide the wireless service.
After we had everything installed it was time to aim the radio’s. We did run into a some line of sight issues due to a Island and how the shore lines goes out to a point. Even with those issues we where able to get a stable connection of around 20 to 30 Mbps which is what we were looking for a roku to work. We watched a HD Movie from the roku and we had no buffering on the stream. So we determined this project is a success.
Once the resort moves the fish house out to open area directly out front from the resort we are expecting better signal and speed.
Update 1/15/2017: We made couple of changes with the radio on shore by moving the channel to the middle of the spectrum and by increasing the transfer power. The wireless became more stable and the link speed increased by almost 4 times
If you have a resort or have a fish house with property on land and want to do something like this please contact us at [email protected] or Send a Text to 651-356-1066 and we will be more then happy to design and setup WiFi out to your fish houses.
We have added 10 additional fish houses to these installations. The estimated distance from shore to the fish house is about 3 miles.
We have replaced the Litebeam 5AC 16 120 Radio with PrismStation 5AC with a Horn-5-90 from Ubiquiti. Each Fish house has 1 LiteBeam 5AC Gen2 and 1 UAP-AC-Lite Access Point.