Once you have installed a WifiTel system in a hotel, and seen it hum along fault free for months on end, it’s difficult to envision the need to ever lay Ethernet cable to hotel rooms. But for the uninitiated, let’s walk through a comparison of the installation process of both WiFiTel hotel wifi over Coax and Ethernet cable.
Running new Ethernet cable to every room is a substantial project and even if you are not familiar with it, it is not difficult to imagine. Before starting, a detailed survey is required to determine the path of each cable. Switches will need to be located within the 100m range of each cable and those switches will themselves need to be housed and connected to the internet gateway.
Costing out such an implementation is not only going to include the wall sockets, cable, ducting, switches and of course some sort of access point connected in the room, but must also include the hidden costs of disruption, room closure and making good the décor.
The last, and undoubtedly largest cost to add on to the implementation is the labour required. There’s no getting around it, pulling cable is a labour intensive and time consuming job.
Meanwhile our WiFiTel implementation team just need to lay a cable to each TV Amplifier, and these few cables can probably be laid while the Ethernet team are still in the planning stage. The next morning, they return to plug in the converters behind the amplifiers and by the afternoon they are already plugging in Access Points in rooms.
There’s no switching and no complicated configuration with a WiFiTel system, so as Access Points are plugged in, guests can immediately start connecting. With 300Mbs available from each Converter, guests can enjoy IPTV and Facetime to their hearts’ content.
So while the Ethernet project continues on for weeks of expensive dirt and disruption, the WiFiTel team has implemented the system in several more hotels with no budget over-runs, no costly mistakes and a minimal level of required planning.
The Ethernet team is left wondering if all that effort, money, cost and disruption was really worth it.