Aruba Networks AP-103H: Cost Effective Hotel Wi-FiOctober 16, 2014 Leave your thoughts
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Offering poor performing hotel Wi-Fi is far worse than offering no Wi-Fi service at all. Simply hanging a ‘Free Guest WiFi’ sign over the entrance is not enough, and could very well turn out to be a source of customer irritation, complaints and a tarnished reputation.
Not at all good for business.
As we have explored on the pages of this blog many times, hotel guests (you and I) are invariably accustomed to ever-faster Wi-Fi speeds. Both our home and work networks are getting faster and thus, when on the move, we expect the same seamless browsing experience. This means that hotel networks – as well as those in holiday parks and hostels – must be able to facilitate video streaming, live chat applications, such as Skype and Facetime, as well as flawless web-surfing.
Of course, even the most primitive networks can support this with just one or two users, but this is rarely going to be the case within medium-to-high density hospitality Wi-Fi environments.
Sadly, this crucial slice of information is often overlooked. Cheaper, store-bought, network hardware is preferred over a professional solution that has been designed specifically to cope with the demands of the environment; probably as a result of an assumed cost-benefit calculation.
However, when these ideas prevail, hotels will inevitably find disgruntled guests complaining about their disappointing Wi-Fi experience, one which they may have even paid an additional tariff to enjoy.
Supply and Demand
So it might be fair to say that the market is in need of – nay, crying out for – a solution; one that provides a functional yet cost-effective alternative to store-bought hardware at one end and premium enterprise hardware at the other.
Enter the Aruba Networks AP-103H – a wireless access point designed specifically to cope with moderately-dense Wi-Fi environments such as those in the hospitality sector.
Among a host of features, the AP-103H improves user experience with client optimisation for better roaming and security through advanced data encryption and policy enforcement.
Deployment of the Aruba AP-103H within hospitality environments will enable guests to browse securely at data rates of up to 300 Mbps whilst handing hoteliers a scalable guest Wi-Fi solution which can be easily installed and managed without dedicated IT resources.Aruba Network, hotel WIFi, wireless lan