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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1. Give each tenant /
dwelling their own router
2. Give each tenant /
dwelling their own SSID
|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|
|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|
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.”
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.