Our Hotel Kristal Palas has been keeping up to date with the Internet availability since the very beginning. One of the first connections available for our guests was a dial-up connection from the room, back in 2002. It was a paid Internet, and used only by those who needed it for their work. In 2005 we introduced the first WiFi connection of the b/g type. It was available only in certain areas and it was pay to use model. Since then our WiFi connection evolved into a service that you can rely on.
The latest upgrade was obvious as soon as we looked at the increase of data being consumed by our guests. Most of the bandwidth went towards Youtube, Netflix, Facebook, Instagram, and our old N access points began to struggle. We introduced measures like QoS to improve stability of key services like VOIP calls. Since it was obvious that data consumption would rise, we decided to upgrade the entire network and go to the next level.
Next next level WiFi upgrade
Looking into the future, there is one very new WiFi standard, that is not implemented even into the newest smartphones and laptops yet. We couldn't resist and also bought two Unifi HD access points of the HD WiFi type for areas that are designed to fit up to 300 people. These devices have practical speeds of 1Gbit/s and will provide stability for any type of live streaming from business events.
Through this process we also made an upgrade to our network and now we feature an enterprise grade router. This means improved security for the devices on our network. It also means that we can accommodate some special business events that require some custom networking setup.
Remaining work for the future
Since the WiFi is becoming ever denser, so that it can carry more data, it loses the ability to go through walls. We will have to look into installing a dedicated WiFi access point into every room for best experience.
One thing is certain. As the needs of our guests evolve together with the technology, we are determined to follow them, invest and provide everything necessary for convenience and business.