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Student Housing Internet Delivery Design Best Practice: Wiring Units for Internet Delivery

 

Student Housing Internet Delivery Design Best Practice: Reducing Access Friction

 

Student Housing Internet Delivery Design Best Practice: Wi-Fi Density

 

Student Housing Internet Delivery Design Best Practice: Wi-Fi Coverage

 

Student Housing Internet Delivery Design Best Practice: Wi-Fi Management

 

Student Housing Technology Best Practice: Avoiding The Wiring Trap

 

Does Student Housing Still Need A Cable TV Amenity? Industry Briefing: Student Housing Vertical Cable TV & Video Programming Amenity Provisioning

 

Student Housing Technology: Predictions Versus Reality. From 2012 to 2019

 

It’s Still The Latency, Stupid: How A Misconception Is Driving An Industry.

 

 

Student Housing Internet Delivery Design Best Practice: Wiring Units for Internet Delivery

Using the correct wiring design for purpose-built student housing is a crucial part of delivering an outstanding wired and wireless experience to student housing residents, and can be cost-effective too.

 

By Andrew Marshall, Campus Technologies Inc, October 2015


The best practice for wiring a student housing apartment is not necessarily the obvious one, but when all the components of the system are taken into account it will definitely be the most reliable and the most cost-effective solution. 

Although most residents connect to the property network wirelessly, the wireless connectivity can only be as good as the wired infrastructure that carries the network to each wireless access point. Adopting best practices for wiring will provide a solid foundation for delivering an excellent user experience (UX) for residents.

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Student Housing Internet Delivery Design Best Practice: Reducing Access Friction

Student residents hate friction, they want to access whatever they want, whenever they want to, on whichever device they choose with no additional steps required between the initial thought and the final result. Student Housing Internet delivery systems should be designed for ‘zero friction’ in the User Experience (UX).

 

By Andrew Marshall, Campus Technologies Inc, October 2015


The design of a student housing Internet access system, either wired or wireless, often includes the requirement for the student to log on to access the Internet or to register the device that they are using to obtain permission to access the network. The reasoning behind the need for login or registration is sound; the network operator wants to know who is accessing the network using which device so they can take remedial action if something goes wrong. Unfortunately, this approach has two drawbacks: firstly it generates many help desk tickets, especially at the crucial move-in period, and secondly, residents dislike it because the mechanisms used frequently get in the way. The typical student housing resident is looking for a completely frictionless experience.

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Student Housing Internet Delivery Design Best Practice: Wi-Fi Density

 

Student Housing residents are bringing more and more Wi-Fi enabled devices in to their on and off campus apartments. Student Housing owners and operators need to provide a Wi-Fi service that answers the demand for always available, always fast Wi-Fi connections, and understanding how to provide enough access points to satisfy that demand is a key part of meeting it.

 

By Andrew Marshall, Campus Technologies Inc, April 2016

 

As we referenced in our last white paper (Student Housing Internet Delivery DesignBest Practice: Wi-Fi SNR) understanding the mechanics of successfully deploying Wi-Fi is not something Student Housing owners and operators get directly involved with in most cases. The objective of these Wi-Fi best practice white papers is to provide Student Housing owners and operators (and any other interested parties) with enough informationto make informed decisions that affect the all-important Wi-Fi amenity at their properties.

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Student Housing Internet Delivery Design Best Practice: Wi-Fi Coverage

 

For Student Housing residents, ubiquitous Wi-Fi access is an essential part of theirlives. Its critical that Student Housing owners and operators provide a reliable, worry free service to their residents, and getting their Wi-Fi coverage right is a great first step.

 

By Andrew Marshall, Campus Technologies Inc, April 2016

 

How to successfully deploy Wi-Fi is not something Student Housing owners and operators tend to get directly involved with very often; most (understandably) leave it to their technology providers. However, understanding the key components of Wi-Fi deployment successcan definitely help owners and operators make informed choices when selecting a partner to install, upgrade or operate astudent housing Wi-Fi system. Broadly speaking, the key factors to StudentHousing Wi-Fi success are coverage (how much usable wireless signal is available, andwhere); density (how many resident devicesare served by a single wireless Access Point,or 'AP'); and manageability (making surethat the whole property Wi-Fi system acts as a single, coordinated system and not just a sea of unmanaged islands of Wi-Fi).

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Student Housing Internet Delivery Design Best Practice: Wi-Fi Management

 

The demand for ubiquitous, responsive Wi-Fi in Student Housing is immense. If you can satisfy that demand, the rewards are also immense in terms of physical and economic occupancy and retention. In this, the third white paper in the Student housing Wi-Fi Best Practice series, we explore the role of Wi-Fi Management systems and their critical role in delivering adequate service.​

 

By Andrew Marshall, Campus Technologies Inc, May 2016

 

In the previous two white papers in this series (Student Housing Internet Delivery Design Best Practice: Wi-Fi SNR and Student Housing Internet Delivery Design Best Practice: Wi-Fi Density) we focused on the most visible parts of a Wi-Fi system, the Wireless access points, and understanding the principles of successfully deploying those access points. As we stated in those papers, Student Housing owners and operators rarely become directly involved in the details of Wi-Fi deployment, and our objective is to provide those Student Housing owners and operators (and any other interested parties) with enough information to make informed decisions that affect the Wi-Fi amenity at their properties. 

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Student Housing Technology Best Practice: Avoiding The Wiring Trap

 

The wiring at your student housing property is essential for delivering the stable Internet access that all residents demand. A very high number of Student Housing properties have significant latent problems in this wiring, and asset managers, operators and developers can avoid the worst pitfalls with a few straightforward strategies and some planning. In this paper we examine the problem, its causes, and what can be done.

 

By Andrew Marshall, Campus Technologies Inc, November 2017


The best practice for wiring a student housing apartment is not necessarily the obvious one, but when all the components of the system are taken into account it will definitely be the most reliable and the most cost effective solution. 

You probably don’t think too much about the low - voltage wiring in your properties once they’ve been built and the residents have moved in. It just works, and it’s invisible, so why should you? Read on to find out! 

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Does Student Housing Still Need A Cable TV Amenity? Industry Briefing: Student Housing Vertical Cable TV & Video Programming Amenity Provisioning

 

The future of cable TV as a traditional bulk amenity is a much discussed topic, as owners and operators try to get to grips with the transition to streaming and what it means for NOI. We provide here the current state of the industry as of the fourth quarter of 2018 to allow our clients to take appropriate planning steps.

By Andrew Marshall, Campus Technologies Inc, December 2018

Does Student Housing still need a cable TV amenity? Industry Briefing: Student Housing Vertical Cable TV & Video Programming Amenity Provisioning White paper by Campus Technologies Inc (CTI) provides here the current state of the industry as of the fourth quarter of 2018 and discusses topics such as "Is Coaxial Infrastructure Still Required In New Construction?", "Premium Channels - IN our OUT?", "MSO Contracts", and "Streaming Adoption". Read on to find out! 

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Student Housing Technology: Predictions Versus Reality. From 2012 to 2019

 

A technology seer re-examines some bold predictions he made in 2012. The verdict: Not too bad.

By Andrew Marshall, Campus Technologies Inc, May 2019

Predicting anything in the technology sector is a risky business. Predicting anything five or even 10 years ahead is extraordinarily risky.

Nonetheless, in December 2007, I wrote the first of a series of white papers on future bandwidth requirements and the operation of student housing networks. This was revised every couple of years, and in October 2012, Broadband Communities published an overview of the July 2012 edition of that white paper.

Seven years on, how did we do? I have to admit I approached this review with some trepidation, but in reality, we did pretty well, given the subject matter and the number of years out we were looking. Inevitably, we fell short in a couple of areas. 

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It’s Still The Latency, Stupid: How A Misconception Is Driving An Industry.

 

Like most people, you probably refer to bandwidth as ‘speed’. It isn’t. We discuss what’s going on.

By Andrew Marshall, Campus Technologies Inc, June 2019

You most likely have never read Stuart Cheshire’s May 1996 article[1] called “It’s the Latency, Stupid”. That isn’t surprising, not many people have, and it’s 23 years old. What is surprising is that technology has matured by a further 23 years and we are generally no closer to understanding the issue outlined in that article.

If you have time I’d suggest reading the original article, if you don’t (TL;DR) I’ll summarize the problem here: Internet performance issues are generally to do with latency and not bandwidth, and bandwidth isn’t speed, it’s capacity.

You heard right – bandwidth isn’t speed, despite all the advertising and media talking about it as though it is. So when you have a 25 megabit per second broadband connection and your ISP sells you a ‘faster’ 50 megabit per second connection, it isn’t any faster. It has a higher capacity, yes – but it’s the same speed.

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[1] http://www.stuartcheshire.org/rants/latency.html

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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