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6 Key Considerations in Providing Public Area Wi-Fi in Multifamily

By Kathryn O’Leary

Much has been written (including by RealtyCom) about why property owners are implementing new property-wide Wi-Fi solutions. This 3-minute piece focuses on public area Wi-Fi coverage and key factors to success as you consider providing internet in common spaces.

Installation and service of public facing Wi-Fi for common areas in multi-family properties are an attractive amenity as they allow residents and their guests access to robust internet for their mobile phones, tablets, laptops, and other devices. However, they have special considerations often overlooked during the design and construction phases:

1. The group designing and installing may not provide the ongoing “managed service” expected after installation. As third-party providers may not be willing to operate a system they have not installed, this can lead to unexpected costs and/or delays and less than optimal service.

2. The number and location of the Wireless Access Points needs to be determined using predictive heatmapping to mitigate the risk of poor signal quality from underinvestment or be overengineered and more costly than necessary.

3. The internet circuit supporting the service must have adequate capacity to support the likely users and the Wireless Access Points should all be wired in accordance with an LV design that will connect […]

By |2021-06-14T17:09:20-06:00May 25th, 2021|

mDTA vs. Set Top Box Solutions for Fitness Equipment

Most new residential apartment complexes include many amenities, including lounge areas, game rooms, conference rooms, sky decks, pool areas and, of course, a fitness center. Most fitness centers include at least some equipment with integrated screens. Over the past few years, the screens have increased in size and picture quality and have multiple features. In order to take full advantage of these features, the equipment needs both a live cable television feed as well as access to a high-speed Internet connection.

Once the fitness center design is complete and long before the fitness equipment order is placed, RealtyCom begins to conduct many conversations with our Clients and their vendors to create the best telecom solution for the fitness center plan. This telecom plan depends on the courtesy/complimentary accounts provided within the fully executed provider agreements, which features the Clients want activated and the equipment manufacturer they plan to use. A few things we focus on are:

  1. How many fitness machines with integrated screens?
  2. Do you want to show live cable television on these screens?
  3. What kind of fitness machines are you installing (brand/vendor)?
  4. Will the equipment have Wi-Fi capabilities?
  5. Will you be using an AV planner? Will that vendor be installing […]
By |2019-09-10T10:26:10-06:00September 10th, 2019|
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