Should You Rely on the Hotel’s Wifi?

CLIENT: Can you test the hotel’s WiFi connection so we know if our application will work on the day of the meeting?

ET: We can, except testing is sort of pointless.

The hotel says they’ve got a 100MB broadband link that can adequately handle the client’s application but the connection is not an isolated line and the bandwidth they need is not guaranteed. A hotel’s WiFi is shared with hundreds of guest rooms and there is no way to predict or control how those other guests will use the service at any moment. Usage patterns aren’t consistent and any time traffic increases and network congestion grows, there is a risk that link quality will be compromised.

Do you know how many guest rooms and meetings are booked on the day of your event? Even if you could predict accurately, the risks stem not only from the other hotel guests, but from every other user in a city that shares public network infrastructure. Remember, to the ISP you are not special or a priority, you’re just one of millions of users. What if there are attacks on the network? If there is a problem, how quickly can the ISP or hotel’s support staff resolve the problem, considering their many simultaneous obligations other than just your event? By the time a problem is noticed during the event, it is to late to take corrective action.

The bottom line is, there is no way to test the hotel’s WiFi for your event because we can’t replicate the conditions. There are too many variables that are out of our control.

When WiFi performance is critical to your event, there is no better way to add certainty and guarantee success than to install a dedicated, isolated line which was engineered end to end to deliver low latency and the capacity required with plenty of headroom to spare.

Event Tech partners with experienced broadband providers that specialize in meetings and events. We help clients determine their needs, fit the budget, and create a plan to make it happen – relieving them of the burden of the technical details.

Inspiration for this article came from a conversation with Tom DeReggi of Rapid Broadband, Inc.

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Is the start/finish line structure for your race or walk safe? What happens if the weather changes? Is there a plan?At Event Tech, we use tools developed in conjunction with Clark Reder, the entertainment industry's premier engineers, to know how our structures will perform. There is no guesswork. We design conservatively with the safety of guests and staff as our main concern.A popular choice for race and walk events is a truss goalpoast (aka truss arch). It looks like a soccer goal in its simplest form with two vertical truss sections extending up from the ground connected together with a horizontal truss running above people's heads.The truss goalpost can have many uses:
    • start/finish line for a race or walk
    • ground supported LED walls
    • entrance gate at a festival
    • backdrop or banner support above or behind a stage
    • pedestrian walkways
    • support for step and repeat backdrops
    • DJ lighting support
    • signage towers
Anytime a temporary structure is built outside, the possibility of weather - specifically wind - must be considered. The biggest factor affecting truss goalposts is coverage from signs and backdrops - essentially sails that catch the wind and act to either lift the structure or flip it over. To counteract those forces we make the base of the structure wider and heavier using Block and Roll ballast blocks that allow a neat, clean look. Sometimes additional diagonal bracing is added to stabilize taller sections.Designs can be stock, from our library of proven examples, modified, or fully customized depending on the customer's requirements. CAD drawings are produced for every structure and being able to visualize the finished product helps align everyone's expectations and ensure a smooth event. Depending on the requirements of the local jurisdiction, we can also provide PE stamped drawings for any state in the US.Every time we build a structure we know:
  • exactly what parts to use and how they should be configured
  • the maximum acceptable wind speed with coverage
  • the maximum acceptable wind speed with all coverage removed
  • the high wind action plan that lays out who is responsible and what to do for different conditions
  • the predicted local weather
Suspending anything above people's heads is serious business. It's easy to do wrong - it's usually the tempting, cheaper option. Many times people assume they know what it is safe but they have no way to verify their instincts. Unfortunately, we see it all the time.Event Tech can help you achieve your vision and mitigate some of the risks involved with outdoor events. Structures we provide are safe up to established limits and when those limits are reached we have a plan for what to do next.

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CLIENT: Can you test the hotel's WiFi connection so we know if our application will work on the day of the meeting?

ET: We can, except testing is sort of pointless.

The hotel says they've got a 100MB broadband link that can adequately handle the client's application but the connection is not an isolated line and the bandwidth they need is not guaranteed. A hotel's WiFi is shared with hundreds of guest rooms and there is no way to predict or control how those other guests will use the service at any moment. Usage patterns aren't consistent and any time traffic increases and network congestion grows, there is a risk that link quality will be compromised.Do you know how many guest rooms and meetings are booked on the day of your event? Even if you could predict accurately, the risks stem not only from the other hotel guests, but from every other user in a city that shares public network infrastructure. Remember, to the ISP you are not special or a priority, you're just one of millions of users. What if there are attacks on the network? If there is a problem, how quickly can the ISP or hotel's support staff resolve the problem, considering their many simultaneous obligations other than just your event? By the time a problem is noticed during the event, it is to late to take corrective action.The bottom line is, there is no way to test the hotel's WiFi for your event because we can't replicate the conditions. There are too many variables that are out of our control.When WiFi performance is critical to your event, there is no better way to add certainty and guarantee success than to install a dedicated, isolated line which was engineered end to end to deliver low latency and the capacity required with plenty of headroom to spare.Event Tech partners with experienced broadband providers that specialize in meetings and events. We help clients determine their needs, fit the budget, and create a plan to make it happen - relieving them of the burden of the technical details.Inspiration for this article came from a conversation with Tom DeReggi of Rapid Broadband, Inc.