What The Internet of Things Means For Student Living

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Today’s students consume a staggering 58 hours’ worth of media across an average of 5 different devices per week. This means that they need an internet connection capable of supporting such a high usage, but multi-tenanted dwellings provide a problem…

In last year’s Connected Living report, ASK4 explored the types of internet devices that European teenagers use regularly. On average, they have between 9 and 10 smart devices or systems in their home, with more than two thirds owning games consoles, and over half owning smart TVs . Looking specifically at teens looking to go to university, these figures are even higher. The uses for these devices includes casting video and audio content to a TV, streaming music to smart speakers and wireless sound systems, and playing video games online. 

Of course, these devices require a fast, reliable internet connection to function, but they also need to be able to communicate with each other in a secure environment. The majority of teenagers surveyed by ASK4 said that they would feel “frustrated”, “isolated” and “angry” if they weren’t able to communicate online or connect their devices together as they would expect when they leave home, which is why a quality, secure and dependable internet connection is so vital for students.

Safe and Sound

Security is another aspect of internet connectivity which is important to students, as detailed in ASK4’s Data and The Student Experience report, released earlier this year. 67% of students said that hackers being able to access their online information was one of the biggest concerns when sharing their data. With so many devices being used to connect the internet, the number of points in which hackers can access personal information has increased dramatically, so students need to be reassured that the network in their accommodation is as secure as it possibly can be. Unfortunately for students living in multi-tenanted accommodation, their internet is not adequate enough for the flexibility and level of usage that they need, and with the students of tomorrow requiring an even more capable offering, accommodation providers need to assess the suitability of their internet as soon as possible.

The Solution

There are currently three different solutions when providing internet in multi-tenant buildings. The first is to give each dwelling their own dedicated router. The second is to give each dwelling a unique SSID (service set identifier). The third, and most effective solution, is 4Network. An SSID 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 the available network capacity. This rises to 97% of the available capacity where three access points overlap in a radio channel. 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. You can see an example of how 4Network allows devices to work together seamlessly and securely below.

Without 4Network

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With 4Network

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You can read more about how 4Network keeps user devices secure here.

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