One of Edinburgh’s most established private members club with a number of hotel rooms.
- Complete wireless coverage over 6 floors and between two buildings for 40 bedrooms, 10 public rooms and a large entrance hall
- Business network to be isolated from guests using the wireless for internet access
- Authorised staff laptops to still have access to the business network
- Guests to agree to terms and conditions before using the clubs internet
- Management and reporting facilities
- Blend in and match the surround building interior
- Access to electrical power points was not possible from all locations
- Noise from other wireless networks in the neighbourhood
- An overly complicated existing network for a small business
Providing wireless coverage for a large building is achieved by using multiple access points that intelligently work together. This allows connecting devices to pass from one hotspot (floor, room) to another without the end user noticing. At the same time the devices need to adapt to the surrounding environment to ensure they are free from other interfering wireless networks.
Using some specialised tools we surveyed the building to work out the number of access points, versions of access points and how they would physical connect to company network.
The key to this solution was choosing the right hardware that not only fulfilled the job specification but could help to reduce complexity of the existing network.
The previous guest network required two different subnets (IP ranges) which worked but over complicated the clients network and increased IT administration. We choose hardware that allows them to be connected to the business network but isolates connecting devices from seeing anything on the business network apart from internet access.
Other features of the devices included:-
- Guest Portal which redirected new users to agree to terms and conditions
- Power over ethernet meaning devices could be powered through the network cable
- Remote management software which, unlike many other providers, was free
- Statistics and reporting tools as standard
- Visual mapping of access points on to building layout
The middle device between the smoke detector and emergency lighting on the 6th floor.
A close up view of the access point glowing a faint green colour meaning everything is good. You can choose to switch off the LED light but clients seem to like the look of the UFO styled wireless point.
When the access points have a problem they glow orange.
This was the large hallway which spans three floors for which we used a high powered version of the access point to keep installation costs down.