DEvice-t0-Device Connectivity

Today’s 18-24 year olds typically arrive at their accommodation with an average of 5 WiFi connected devices. An increasing number of these devices are designed to connect with and send data between each other over a wireless network. For example, a laptop to a wireless printer, a smartphone to wireless speakers and a Chromecast to a Smart TV.  Research tells us that this trend is accelerating, and of 3,000 14-16 year olds surveyed by ASK4 in the UK, Germany and Spain, the majority said they would feel frustrated, isolated or angry if they could not access the Internet or connect their devices together as they would expect (see ask4.com/connectedliving). Demand for seamless connectivity between devices is an expectation and not a desire.

A MANAGED NETWORK

Device-to-device connectivity is something you take for granted in a traditional home environment where you have one wireless router per dwelling. In a multi-tenant environment (hundreds of dwellings in close proximity), installing separate wireless networks in each space is simply not sustainable. As the building reaches capacity and the radio environment becomes congested, each dwelling’s wireless network would become unreliable, weaken and eventually stop working.

This is just one reason why a managed Internet service is crucial for multi-tenant buildings, where a detailed understanding of the fundamentals of radio frequency engineering, and meticulous WiFi planning based on each building’s layout and construction, is required to provide a fast, robust, ‘always on’ wireless service for residents throughout the building.

THE PROBLEM

However, a managed wireless network in a multi-tenant building is a shared network, and this creates an existing and increasingly urgent problem. The problem is that wireless networks in multi-tenant buildings have to enforce separation between users’ devices - meaning that devices can connect to the Internet, but not with each other. This is for good reason - it is the only way to ensure neighbouring tenants cannot see or access each others’ devices via the building’s shared wireless network, thus ensuring tenants’ security and safeguarding privacy.

The limitation this imposes means that the very devices current and future tenants increasingly regard as essential (wireless printers, Sonos speakers, Chromecast), and that rely on local wireless connectivity, simply won’t work.

4NETWORK

ASK4’s solution to this problem is 4Network. 4Network provides users of a managed Internet service in multi-tenant buildings with their own private wireless networks. This means users can connect their wireless-enabled devices together in a private and secure way via a building’s shared infrastructure - just like they can at home.

4Network forms a unique part of ASK4’s network infrastructure and has been developed over a number of years in direct response to the changing connectivity demands of the current and future tenants of multi-tenant buildings. 4Network is also ASK4’s response to the influx of new WiFi connected devices, entertainment systems and infrastructure now available to students and accommodation operators.

A user's personal wireless network works wherever they are in the building (it is not restricted to their room or the reach of one ‘router’), and can include any wired or wireless enabled device.

For example:

  • laptops
  • smart phones
  • wireless printers
  • Chromecast
  • Apple TV
  • games consoles
  • Amazon Echo

4Network enables ASK4 to provide the best possible connectivity platform for building operators and tenants, delivering a superfast, managed, reliable broadband and WiFi service for a whole building, plus private and secure personal wireless networks for individual residents.

 
 
 

4Network in pictures

 
 
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Here's how WiFi Works in your home

You plug in your wireless router and set up your own wireless network and password.

You plug in your wireless router and set up your own wireless network and password.

You use your password to connect your devices to the WiFi.

You use your password to connect your devices to the WiFi.

Your wireless devices can then connect to the Internet and to each other - meaning you can use your wireless printer, stream your Chromecast and send music to your Sonos speakers.

Your wireless devices can then connect to the Internet and to each other - meaning you can use your wireless printer, stream your Chromecast and send music to your Sonos speakers.

Here's how WiFi works in multi-tenant buildings

A managed wireless network in a multi-tenant building is a shared network, providing WiFi access for every tenant in the building.

A managed wireless network in a multi-tenant building is a shared network, providing WiFi access for every tenant in the building.

To maintain privacy and security for tenants, wireless devices can connect to the WiFi but cannot connect with each other.

To maintain privacy and security for tenants, wireless devices can connect to the WiFi but cannot connect with each other.

It has had to be this way to ensure neighbouring tenants cannot see or connect with each others' devices via the shared network.

It has had to be this way to ensure neighbouring tenants cannot see or connect with each others' devices via the shared network.

Until now...

ASK4 is the only Internet Service Provider able to deliver a true home network experience in multi-tenant buildings.

ASK4 is the only Internet Service Provider able to deliver a true home network experience in multi-tenant buildings.

With 4Network tenants can create their own private wireless networks via the building's shared infrastructure. That means high capacity, site-wide WiFi for your building, plus personal and secure home networks for your tenants.

With 4Network tenants can create their own private wireless networks via the building's shared infrastructure. That means high capacity, site-wide WiFi for your building, plus personal and secure home networks for your tenants.

 
 

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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