Guests have come to expect - if not depend - on strong WiFi in their accommodations. With the exception of wilderness and spa-like retreats, today’s traveler wants to be connected at all times. To continue to earn more positive guest reviews and less guest complaints you need to provide a reliable wireless network.
Luckily, it’s never been easier to set up a WiFi network - even if you aren't tech-savvy.
1. Choose the fastest Internet provider available to you
Depending on your property location, you’ll have a few Internet options; some will be better than others.
The basic option will be DSL, which runs through your existing telephone lines. You might also have Cable Internet which is typically faster than DSL and runs through the coaxial cables that deliver television to your home.
If you’re in a larger city or have space in a newer building that invested in fiber connectivity, you may get blazing fast Internet through a fiber network provider.
We recommend using the fastest, most reliable Internet that you can for the best guest experience.
2. Choose a WiFi system
There are a number of WiFi systems out there that you can easily order online to provide your property with wireless Internet. The following are just three examples you may wish to explore:
eero Home WiFi System. Eero is a complete home WiFi system that comes with a router, WiFi extender and Internet booster. One model will provide WiFi for a two bedroom property, or go for the larger version to provide coverage for a more spacious rental.
Google WiFi system. The Google WiFi system provides your vacation property with “seamless WiFi coverage.” One Google WiFi point covers 1500 sf, while a set of three covers a home up to 4,500 sf. A basic app helps you set up the system and get everything connected.
Linksys Velop Tri-Band Home Mesh WiFi System. Don’t be intimidated by the name, the Linksys Velop WiFi system is an excellent option for wireless networking. It’s easy to use, provides good coverage, is affordably priced and will allow streaming, gaming, and more across a number of WiFi devices. If you want more coverage, just add another “node.”
3. Install the WiFi system
The installation of your network will vary, depending on the WiFi system you choose. Just follow the manufacturer’s instructions as they take you through the setup.
Decide on a name for your network and choose a password for guests. Without a password, anyone within range of your network will be able to gain access. After this step, you’re done! Your WiFi setup is complete.
Additional coverage includes extending the WiFi range for larger vacation properties. If you have a larger vacation rental or even a two story property, it can be hard to get Internet access in all corners of the house.
Each of the recommendations above offer the option of buying a second unit to extend your range. For example, you might set up the base station in the downstairs living room with a second at the top of the stairs to expand your network to the bedrooms and den.