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The ROI of Great Hotel Wi-Fi - Moonblink Communications

The ROI of Great Hotel Wi-Fi - Moonblink Communications | FLEX, TRENDS IN WIFI & MORE | Scoop.it
Does Your Hotel Wi-Fi Suck? Check out this infographic to find out..
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"This hotel's WIFI sucks, and I am about to check out!"

 

Sadly, we have all been there. As CBDO of FLEX, a wireless integrator, I have a special disdain for bad WIFI networks. 

 

A common customer scenario:

 

You think that the premier hotel, with the premier price, will have premier WIFI. You arrive at this beautiful building full of promise.  You find your room, and it is really nice. You remember that you  need to finish up a couple of documents.

 

You try to connect to the WIFI network. You fiddle with an ugly archaic portal. It does not work.You call the front desk, and you are told, "I'm sorry, it's always like this, try the plug at the desk." Click. You hang up. No working from the mattress for you. Not at this hotel. 

 

You get to the desk.

 

After "connecting" (an RJ-45, that is) successfully you decide to do a speed test. A whopping 2.5 Mbps. Great. You sigh and wonder why you chose this expensive hotel in the first place.

 

Instead of using the hotel broadband you want to use your mobile hotspot. You have a data cap. You give up. You reason that you might as well leave. You will not be getting those documents finished at this hotel.  Bummer. 


Slow networks are inexcusable. With the right partners, problems are easy to mend, even across many locations.

 

The Straight Truth:

 

WIFI will now make or break the otherwise decent reputations of hotels. Yes, we know that millions of dollars went into the design of the aesthetics. We appreciate the faux finishes. However, WIFI networks are commonly, and often seriously, overlooked. 



Consideration is needed:


Is your WIFI network up to date (this means 2-5 years out)?  Unlikely.


Is it wireless AC WAV2 upgradable? (2015) Probably not. 


Is it FIPS certified? (Your Government Clients want to know)


Does the network rely on an unpredictable controller, that is also a bottleneck? Probably. 


Do you realize how many devices I have? (4 or more to 1 person)


Does the network adapt to 2.4 and 5.0 Ghz loads on the same radio, so that your guests can all enjoy the network? Nope. Unless, your WIFI network is from FLEX and Xirrus. 

 

According to Gartner most of the recently installed wireless networks will be obsolete within the next year.

 

If most new WIFI networks are soon to be obsolete, what about all of your networks?


Why is WIFI overlooked? 


Hoteliers in general want the most ROI from the building as possible. Budgets are often tight.This practice makes perfect sense, usually. However, what does not make sense is skimping on the WIFI network. The WIFI network itself is an easy marketing, security, and analytical tool. 


In money terms, a proper high density solution will slash that expensive structured cabling cost by 30% or more on average. The amount of expensive switching needed is also greatly reduced. This all translates to energy savings as well. Really, a proper wireless system is environmentally friendly. For small hotels the cabling expense is practically null when compare to "traditional" network architectures. (Which is ironic as the only tradition in technology is change) Wireless now has the capability to replace and eclipse most wired infrastructures. 


So, your WIFI network sucks. What now?


Fix it, before it fixes you. The effort pays off. 


Companies such as Xirrus, Purplewifi, and FLEX, have this down packed. 


 

Terrible WIFI with slow internet access will no longer do. Hotels will have to pony up, or pay up. It's as simple as apple pie. 

 

There is so much to be gained by using a proper high density wireless system. The added potential to serve and engage your customers in new ways opens up new doors of growth for the industry. 

 

Let's fix it up right! 

 

http://flex.im 

 

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Learning To Learn: 7 Critical Shifts

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Learning To Learn: 7 Critical Shifts

Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby
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These points are essential to making good decisions. Learn to be strategic. If you look closely at all of the common points to your left you notice that they are all tactical. 

 

The points on the right, however; are strategic in nature. Those who stick to the left only find themselves with a hoard of unforeseen problems. Those on the right will be puzzled with the the left who are perceived as unstable, or unorthodox at times. 

 

Interestingly, the individuals on the right are likely to see the potential problems, plan for them, and survive long into the future. 

 

The "7 Dimensions"  mentioned here when applied have immense power to create systems of change from unknowns. 

 

Adaption to Uncertainty? 

 

A person or entity adhering only to the strategies on the left is afraid of what is uncertain. This method of thinking is destructive. Uncertainty does not need to elicit an automatic fear response, or a defense. 

 

The right side will fare much better. The point is to accept the uncertainty and then decode it. Essentially, you take something out of what appears as nothing at first glance.This process is helpful, especially for those who have to make organizational decisions regarding strategy, and technology's part in the strategy. 

 

Ideas? 

 

Let's try a social experiment. 

 

For you:

Consider the points on the left and on the right. Today, think of the decisions that you will face. Write down what you think you will do. At the end of the day check your results.

 

Your Job:

 

This list makes it very easy to tell what your leadership is like. Consider the reactions to change in your environment. Are you pulling teeth to get something "new"? The fact is that your organization is bound by the left only you will (and, likely already are) have major difficulties making good lasting decisions. The focus on making data driven decisions is taken out of context, and put into purely accounting terms-the left. There is often a lot of "buck passing" here.  There is a place for such analysis and structure, but it will be more difficult for such organizations to be flexible. 

 

How did you do?

 

Can you flex with it? OR

 

Are you structured to a fault? 

 

If you don't like what you found out, change it! You have the power, so FLEX and become strong. 

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, November 24, 2014 8:24 AM

I'm thinking about ways to connect the 4 C's with the 4 R's for a powerful learning model. This is an interesting article to share with teachers who want to make the shift to 21st century learning.

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eRate 2.0 - Xirrus Connects America's Classrooms

eRate 2.0 - Xirrus Connects America's Classrooms | FLEX, TRENDS IN WIFI & MORE | Scoop.it

E-rate 2.0 will expand the use and accessibility of technology in the classroom, increasing the demand on wireless bandwidth and capacity. To date, the most demanding schools have chosen Xirrus.


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WiFiNovation's curator insight, August 25, 2013 5:47 PM
Watch the E-rate 2.0 webinar above to learn more about the program's proposed changes : http://goo.gl/kKUDC2 ;