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WiFi is cheap, and charging $15/day for access is a rip off.
A thought out well built WiFi network should last 7~10 years and should never break.
Every hotel should have GOOD free WiFi.
The cost to install WiFi right (in hardware) is about ~$200 / ten rooms.
$15 * 300 rooms * 25% usage = $1125 / day
300 rooms /10 * $200 = $6000 start up fee + $500 / month for internet (Assuming dual 150mb Comcast Business connection)
So in this scenario each off out 75 guests gets a 4mb connection, or enough for every one of them to stream Netflix at the same time.
Tech support for 20 hotels is 5 40 hr techs at 18.50/hour or ~$15,000/month - or rounding up $1000 for our hotel
(Tech support can also be outsourced at a rate of $75 per call. Most companies chose this option, because who wants employees)
So Total Cost of Ownership is $2000 / month for the first year, if they have tech support.
And most tech support calls go like this: 'Did you open a browser and click "I Accept"?' #AskMeHowIKnow
The rest? The hotel and the guest's IT department are doing something weird, so that work laptop won't connect.
'So you need the Admin password to set a static IP?' No. Read a book.
So the $15/month is (93%) pure profit.
Or baked in to the room fee, WiFi would cost $1/day/room, and be awesome sauce.
Crappy WiFi is caused by two reasons.
1) Too many people on the WiFi. And the only time this won't be an issue is if you are in a $600/night place with an AP in every room.
This also happens when the place is only playing $100/month for the 50mb connection.
2) Bad WiFi install.
You can tell which of these you are suffering.
A) If you have good signal, but no speed, give up. Everyone is watching Netflix.
B) If you have bad signal, the locations of the APs are bad, consider camping in the lobby.
Search for "Name of my Cable Provider WiFi." Many hotels I have stayed at are blanked with WiFi from my Cable Service Provider, giving me better signal and speed.
If all else fails, go the hot spot option. But consider, if you have a smart phone, it already has a built in Hot Spot. So you don't have to carry another device. (Additional fees my apply)
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