The Problem: Providing sufficient Wi-Fi for a large number of tenants
Our professional Wi-Fi installations for Build to Rent properties focus on providing the correct bandwidth, wireless capacity and wireless signal to all tenant & staff devices. This 34-bed property spanned over two floors and two buildings on the same plot, therefore, the Wi-Fi layout was critical to providing a seamless solution.
This property required a custom Wi-Fi installation and design.
What was required for the property?
- A Wi-Fi access point installed into every flat to provide a strong signal and sufficient wireless capacity for up to 150 devices.
- A secure, roaming Wi-Fi network for each building.
- A static IP address and port forwarding rules configured for the clients CCTV system.
- End users will be working from home, video calling, streaming and online gaming.
Our Build to Rent broadband solution
Our bespoke Wi-Fi designs were used to create the most favourable solution for the property.
- The first step was a site survey: We liaised with the client and the contractors to discuss network cabling to each flat, the network room location and routing the Openreach network to the cabinet location. Furthermore, we considered linking both buildings together via data cabling and the Wi-Fi access point locations in each flat.
- We followed up with Wi-Fi design: This involved uploading the floor plans onto our Wi-Fi design software and then scaling the plans. Next, we drew the buildings and input all attenuation areas such as walls, doors, electrical appliances, furniture etc. We then created Wi-Fi coverage heatmaps.
- A channel and transmit power plan for the 2.4 and 5 GHz frequencies was created to avoid Co-Channel Interference. This was a vital step for this project due to the number and proximity of the access points. Our team advised on the best locations within each flat for the access points and we created a channel plan for the 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz frequency which involved turning off the 2.4 radios on certain access points. The transmit power of the access points was meticulously designed so that interference between radios was avoided. A capacity plan helped to ensure the wireless capacity would be sufficient for all devices to connect concurrently.
- The next step was the installation: The client used their M & E contractors to install data cabling from the network room to the Wi-Fi access points locations and their contractors also installed a link cable from building A to building B.
- The second fix installation followed: We returned to the site to install and commission the broadband & Wi-Fi service. We set up the network cabinet in both properties, terminated all network cabling onto patch panels, wall mounted the Wi-Fi access points into their dedicated locations per flat, configured the Wi-Fi networks and carried out final testing from all areas. Lastly, the tenants were provided with access details.
We created a seamless roaming Wi-Fi service for both buildings, allowing all 34 end users to video call, work from home & stream. We were able to provide sufficient bandwidth for all tenants with no dead zones. With a single portfolio bill and 24/7/365 tenant support, there is no hassle for the landlord.
“We were recommended to use Landlord Broadband and found the whole experience from start to finish clear, efficient, and they did what they said they would do when they said they would do it! We have gone on to use Landlord Broadband at the other developments we undertake” – Edward Fifield, Managing Director Osborne House.
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