Improvement of Student Accommodation Wi-Fi for Primo Property Management
G5 Technologies were engaged by Primo Property Management in 2015 to help improve the student accommodation Wi-Fi at their site – The Courthouse.
The team at The Courthouse, Plymouth were receiving lots of complaints from students that the internet access was intermittent. The Wi-Fi was slow when it was working. So our aim was to improve it and provide managed support to students and staff.
The first step was to carry out a Wi-Fi survey using their floor plans to check coverage. Our engineers use The Ekahau Network Planner and identified some dead spots throughout the building. The software also suggests locations where access points can be installed to provide best coverage. Some Wi-Fi interference issues were also picked up with our WiFi Spectrum Analyzer.
Our new wireless network was installed new Cisco Meraki Access points. Upgrades were done for the internet connection into the building. Post-installation surveys were also carried out using Ekahau Pro. This provides detailed Wi-Fi coverage maps of the building to ensure adequate coverage. We also test the network so we can see that it is going to perform as we expect. A key requirement in student accommodation buildings is to ensure that visitor traffic had no impact on the operational traffic. Traffic shaping policies are applied to meet this requirement.
We also ensure that each G5Zone™ meets legal requirements for providing Wi-Fi inline with the General Data Protection Regulation.
Primo have awarded G5 the contract to design and install a wireless network at their newest student accommodation site. Rathmell Hall in York will be ready for the summer 2017 intake.
WiFi for student accommodation needs to keep up with students who have multiple devices: mobile phones, laptops, tablets, smart TV’s, games consoles. G5 have now been providing our managed G5Zone™ student accommodation Wi-Fi to students for 14 years.