Over the past decade, hotels across the globe have supported an increasing number of wireless devices and systems for both guests and staff. These include a range of smart devices such as door locks, kiosks, thermostats, speakers and TVs, as well as security cameras and panic buttons. Although some smart devices connect to Wi-Fi, many others rely on other forms of wireless protocols such as Zigbee, LoRa or Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE).
Unifying multiple wireless protocols in hospitality
The introduction of multiple wireless standards in the hospitality space has forced hotels to deploy at least two or three networks to support a diverse lineup of devices. In many cases, a specific hotel network will only support a single smart device or application. This drives up costs and
Unifying multiple wireless protocols – such as Wi-Fi, BLE, Zigbee
In addition, a converged AP can support Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS), which enables hotels to create their own private LTE networks and provide reliable mobile coverage throughout
The Ruckus R730 Access Point
The Ruckus R730 – which is specifically designed to function as a converged access point – supports multiple wireless protocols, thereby allowing hotels to deploy a single network to support Wi-Fi and other IoT wireless standards. Indeed, the R730 AP packs embedded Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and Zigbee radios, along with support for IoT modules that accommodate additional physical layer protocols such as LoRa. With the Ruckus IoT controller, hotels can converge disparate networks and associated IoT endpoints into a single, easily managed network.
It is also important to note that the R730 accommodates modular Ruckus LTE APs operating in the U.S. Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) 3.5 GHz band, enabling existing Wi-Fi APs to provide LTE service. Using modular or stand-alone LTE APs, hotels will be able to build their own private LTE networks to improve the quality of indoor cellular service across an entire property.
It is essential for hotels to provide a fast, reliable and ubiquitous wireless experience for their guests, who expect the same level of technological integration and seamless wireless connectivity they have at home. In short, everything needs to ‘just work.’ The R730, which converges multiple wireless protocols into a single, reliable network, enables guest devices and hotel wireless infrastructure to do just that.