Why Holiday Park Self-install WIFI doesn’t work!
Last night, I was reading an online article from a WiFi equipment reseller advising on how to self install holiday park wifi. Their explanation would have maybe cut the mustard back in 2010, but in this day an age, WDS repeating, cheap access points and amateur network design will just frustrate guests and waste money.
I woke up this morning to an email that pretty much embodies all that is wrong with the above self install approach:
We have a client who owns a caravan park who hired “a local kid” to install a WiFi system which is really appalling and not up to the task. It’s a large park with 170+ static caravans, they are looking for a system to cover the entire park and they would like something which allows them to sell “vouchers” to their clients for WiFi access.
Is this something you would be able to help them with?
I was then checking out a competitor’s website, that offers a self-installation solution. Please bear in mind that this is outdoor, Holiday Park WiFi we are talking about. Line of Sight has to be taken into account, Penetration into Caravans and Lodges, Backhaul and site bandwidth are all equally important. We’ll park internet logging and RIPA requests for the time being – let’s get back to the self-installation.
In order to keep the self-installation easy, they are compromising totally on the product – cheap, small access points using OpenMesh. Poor antenna choices, wrong equipment choices and no site surveys will only yield poor results but by the time the customer has installed it all, it’s too late.
Don’t get me wrong, We started out in 2009 using RobinMesh access points, running out own firmware ( we even contributed to the Robinmesh open source code base) but times have changed. Guests demand higher bandwidth throughput, blanket coverage for many devices and they will soon let people know the WiFi is poor, not through a complaint to the site, but a public complaint on Tripadvisor or social media.
The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten – Benjamin Franklin
Ask yourself how much that cheap, DIY install will cost you in the long term and then pick up the phone and give us a call for friendly, professional advice on how best to delight your guests with a superior WiFi solution.