smart device Connectivity

Today’s tenants need and expect access to wireless networks that enable their smart devices to communicate over WiFi in a private and secure way - just like they do in a traditional home setting.  There are currently three solutions to this need within multi-tenant buildings - be that purpose built student accommodation or build to rent developments (as shown below).

But only ASK4 provide an award-winning solution as part of a fully managed service.
 

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Smart device
connectivity solutions:
1. Give each tenant /
dwelling their own router
2. Give each tenant /
dwelling their own SSID
3. Activate
4Network
  This type of wireless deployment would only be delivered through an unmanaged or partially managed service and will result in users experiencing poor service performance (e.g. slow speeds, connection drops) for fundamental technical reasons. In this scenario, users’ private networks would also be limited to the reach of their own router. They would not be available in shared amenity spaces. An SSID (service set identifier) is used to uniquely identify a wireless network. It is possible to broadcast multiple SSIDs within a building, with each network being limited to specific users. However, broadcasting just 10 SSIDs can consume over 30% of available network capacity. This rises to 97% of available capacity where three access points overlap in a radio channel. In this scenario, the network will fail to function for fundamental technical reasons and essentially becomes an ‘unmanaged’ service. The correct solution within a multi-tenant building is to broadcast one SSID (or a limited number) and to use Layer-2 isolation to isolate devices, ensuring they are secure and tenants’ privacy is protected. Then provide tenants with access to ASK4’s award-winning 4Network feature. 4Network has been developed by our technical team over a number of years to provide users of a shared wireless network with their own private and secure networks via shared infrastructure without compromising the performance of the building- wide service.
Type of service Unmanaged Partially Managed Fully Managed
Fully managed WiFi implementation
Limited SSIDs
In-dwelling secure support for smart and IoT devices
Site-wide secure support for smart and IoT devices
Seamless WiFi connectivity throughout the building
Network performance rating Poor Poor Good
Predicted user
satisfaction rating
Poor Poor Good
 
Innovation of the Year Award

The judges praised ASK4 for "taking a new approach to meet a real need". Speaking of the win, ASK4 founder and CEO, Jonathan Burrows, commented:

“4Network is the result of significant investment and three years of hard work by our research and development team. It means we have been able to stay ahead of the curve and meet the connectivity demands of our end users in student accommodation buildings.”

 

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The Secure Solution

4Network enables ASK4 to provide the best possible connectivity platform for building operators and tenants, delivering a fast, managed, reliable broadband and WiFi service for a whole building, plus private and secure personal wireless networks for individual residents. You can read more about how 4Network keeps user devices secure here.

As technology evolves, so too do users’ behaviour and expectations. At ASK4 we work every day to understand our users’ needs and to drive technical and service innovation to deliver for our customers. If you have a purpose built student accommodation or build-to-rent project in planning or already occupied, please get in touch, we would love to talk to you about it.

 
 

Why 4Network Matters To Your tenants

 
 
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Jacob

Jacob, Sheffield, Homes for Students

Studying: Product Design
Devices: Android smartphone, Windows laptop, Smart TV

Why do you use 4Network?

4Network allows me to control my Smart TV from my phone and also to send data from my laptop to my phone.

Why did you choose your current accommodation provider?

They provide really fast Internet, have the most unique rooms and it's an historic building.

Anirudh

Anirudh, Edinburgh, The Student Housing Company

Studying: Computer Science
Devices: Android smartphone, Android tablet, Windows laptop, Playstation

Why do you use 4Network?

It lets your devices connect with each other seamlessly in the same way as if you were at home. It would feel like a step backwards if I could not connect my devices together.

Why did you choose your current accommodation provider?

It had everything - from a good Internet connection to quick maintenance. It's also a hassle to find a landlord...student accommodation makes the process fast and easy.

Liam

Liam, Belfast, Fresh Student Living

Where are you studying: Ulster University
Devices: iPhone, Chromecast, Smart TV

Why do you use 4Network?

I use 4Network to be able to stream movies from my Chromecast. Without my own private network other people could hack into my Chromecast. I would find it annoying if I could not connect my devices together.

Why did you choose your current accommodation provider?

It is new, modern, safe and close to my uni.

Anand

Anand, London, Host Students

Studying: MSc Electronic Engineering with Management
Devices: iPhone, MacBook, wireless printer

Why do you use 4Network?

It allows me to maintain connectivity between multiple devices without hassle. I also wirelessly print documents and photos from my phone or laptop - which I couldn't do without 4Network.

Why did you choose your current accommodation provider?

It has everything I need...oh and the rooftop garden and views of the London city skyline are amazing!

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