Dubai's Bonnington Hotel upgrades wireless network

Dubai's Bonnington Hotel upgrades wireless network
Devaditiya: We were keen to raise the quality of the Wi-Fi to an extremely high standard
Published: 5 July 2015 - 11:20 a.m.
By: Tom Paye

The Bonnington Hotel & Residences, in Dubai's Jumeirah Lake Towers, has upgraded its wireless network with an Aruba Networks solution, which the hotel said had improved wireless internet coverage by 95%.

The hotel added that the new solution had boosted performance by 85%, allowing guests to enjoy internet access across the premises with much greater confidence. The solution was made up of two Aruba 7210 Mobility Controllers, 208 Aruba AP-103H Access Points, and 15 Aruba AP-205 Access Points.

Prior to the deployment, the Bonnington admitted that its ageing Wi-Fi infrastructure failed to deliver a service that met guests' expectations.

"While the capabilities of our 24Mbps leased line were at the time sufficient, the drop in performance introduced by the wireless part of our network meant guests rarely experienced the speeds we intended to deliver. They often suffered loss of coverage at 'dead spots' around our property," said Dilhan Devaditiya, IT manager at the Bonnington.

"With Wi-Fi becoming ever more important to our guests, we were eager to raise the quality of this service to the extremely high standard set by the other facilities in our hotel."

Devaditiya said that the Bonnington chose Aruba's solution based on two factors - the vendor's implementation partner and the quality of the access points.

"For one, both Aruba and its partner, Precedence Technologies, went out of their way to assist us during the evaluation, consultation and design phases. Even before being awarded the project, they provided us with a level of support and commitment that was truly remarkable," he said.

"This together with the compact and aesthetically designed Aruba wireless access point, which blended in nicely in our rooms, made it a rather straightforward decision."

One of the 7210 Mobility Controllers was deployed purely for redundancy. The AP-103H access points were deployed in the rooms, while the AP-205 access points were deployed for public areas such as the lobby, meeting rooms, bars and restaurants. With this combination of products, the Bonnington is now able to centrally manage the entire network, thanks to the controller, while the access points deliver features such as the automatic steering of guest devices to the best access point.

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