WiFi at your establishment

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Yes free wifi
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Yes but for a fee
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Yes but it is limited
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Free wifi when it works, the only wifi available is satellite.   Weather is a big factor, and it goes down for no apparent reason as well.  Given a choice I would go with anything else.  This has been a problem because my cc processing is also online.  We also have mixed cell phone reception here, and are planning to provide a booster antenna access  for guests in a very cool old telephone booth in the lobby.

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This is what we had.  What the problem was is they had to many people using it.  I got rid of it as soon as I could and is using my phone to make a "hot spot".  Should have the new system in place in a couple of months.

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OUr land line phone provider does not offer internet there either!   Back when we were living in a wilderness area we were a wifi hotspot!  Go Figure!

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Wifi is at or near the top of the list for me... if they don't have it, I'm unlikely to stay there.

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Even at home, I check e-mail at the server first. THEN I open Outlook/ When traveling, I can read and send from my server. I want to be able to bring "home" stuff when I get home.

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We advertise free WiFi "available on premises." The WiFi signal originates from the main house, but does not necessarily reach all of the cottages. Guests will bring their laptops up to the gazebo or the main house porch to do their surfing, but getting the signal out to the cottages is something many of them would dearly like. So we're working on setting up a network of longer range transmitters and repeaters.

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Harborfields wrote:

We advertise free WiFi "available on premises." The WiFi signal originates from the main house, but does not necessarily reach all of the cottages. Guests will bring their laptops up to the gazebo or the main house porch to do their surfing, but getting the signal out to the cottages is something many of them would dearly like. So we're working on setting up a network of longer range transmitters and repeaters.

 This is what we have: www.ubnt.com/powerstation.  I would highly recommend it.   We have a highspeed modem connected directly to a Linksys router.  This is connected via an ethernet cable to the Ubiquiti Powerstation, which is powered by the ethernet cable.   Our average internet speed is 5 Mbps.  The powerstation is transmitting the wifi signal in a 180º  arc for over 300 feet.   It would go further, but we don't have a direct line of sight.   There is no discernable signal or speed loss at our cottages and even with everyone and their cousin streaming video,  there seems to be no lag.

Now the key here is your initial bandwidth.   Depending on how many users you have,  you need to buy as much bandwidth as you can afford.   We are in the middle of the woods and quite literally the phoneline on the system.  We are approaching the 3 mile limit for DSL,  so we lucked out getting the speed we're getting.

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We are a bit spoilt here as the British Telecome training school for the whole of the UK is here so we get all the new stuff and upgrades first as they are training the chaps/chapesses to do it for everywhere else. we are also in a medium city rather than in the country which also helps. Have a friend who is on a farm and they have to have satalite and it aint cheap!

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Had it, didn't charge for it.  Right now I don't have it, waiting for it to be upgraded.  ( one of the things I miss with living in the BIG city)

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Have any of you figured out how to have a customized splash screen for when guest log on?   I know it's a redirect in the router that sends the user to an online page that can be just a basic welcome screen or have any content you want.   I just don't know how to go about it.

I have a Lynksys Router and use Tomato firmware.

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I think there are plenty of other ways to personalize a guest's visit without popping up on their browser, too. I can understand why the hotels do it, because they're wanting you to accept terms that a daily wifi charge will be made to your room. But if it's free wifi, I just want to be asked for the access key when I log onto the wifi network, then be free to browse like I do at home.

Another big problem for travelers like me is that your usual SMTP won't work to send outgoing e-mails from Outlook when on the road. I can receive e-mails, but can't send. So I have to use gmail when I travel. Don't like it but haven't found a solution.

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I read and send my email online when I'm traveling. So, instead of downloading to Outlook on the road, I read and send the emails from the mail server. In replies, I cc myself so when I get home I download all the mail to Outlook and sort it into the folders. Can you do it that way?

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Madeleine wrote:

I read and send my email online when I'm traveling. So, instead of downloading to Outlook on the road, I read and send the emails from the mail server. In replies, I cc myself so when I get home I download all the mail to Outlook and sort it into the folders. Can you do it that way?

Yeah, I could do it through the mail server. I keep forgetting about that! Now, if I could only remember the password!

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I'm torn about this. I think it's a great idea for THE INN but I hate when I get that page when I'm the one logging in! Would like to know how it's done, tho. Then I can sell advertising space on the page!

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Survey reveals hotel guests want Wi-Fi over everything else

USA Today article here

 

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I saw that article. I will say we have free WiFi but I will also say it is a PITA!!! If a guest can't connect it's our fault. Our signal disappears regularly. (Seriously, there one minute, gone the next.) Guests will tell us they could use it at night but not in the morning. Signal strength excellent, no internet access. PITA!!!

We have documented these things ourselves with our own computers. We've called the phone company. They tell us 2 different things: "upgrade your service" (we can't, there is no upgrade to what we have where we are) and "buy new equipment" (we did and it worked for a week, then same issues).

Everywhere we went the past 5 days we had the same problems at EVERY establishment we went to. We did not ask the desk clerk or the guy flipping burgers to 'fix' the WiFi for us. But I am sick of listening to the complaints here.

BTW, last place we went, it was a dataport. No WiFi. At least they gave us the cable to use while we were there. Never thought to bring one! Altho, we now travel with an adapter for the electrical outlet. Who knew anyone still had 2-pronged outlets ONLY! Unless you want to sit in the bathtub that is.

Sorry, rant over.

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Have you run Meraki Wifi Stumbler? The reason that I ask is that the problem could be channel related and that your signal is being limited by someone else's channel.

The other thing you can do is buy a larger antenna (if you can put one on your wifi router) with an extension cable and put the antenna up high. Signals higher up seem to help (we have this problem around here.)

If you have good electrical you can also consider putting in a repeater that uses Powerline.

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We've checked, and changed, the channels twice. Then we set it up to find its own open channel and that worked for about a week. Mounting it up higher is sort of a win-lose as we have all the pipes from the sprinkler system everywhere and they're kind of big.

We have a repeater and that's where the issues are. The WiFi signals are very strong at the router and we have no complaints from anyone using that signal. All the complaints are from guests accessing the repeater.

The latest iteration in this is hard wiring the repeater to the router. Which required drilling through walls and floors and getting creative with hiding the wiring without actually running the wiring thru the walls.

Time will tell on that one. My biz guest, who has had the most ups and downs with the WiFi (and keeps coming back anyway!), will be here soon.

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