Wireless is the path all communication will travel down. Recently we started a program to install free wi-fy internet service in all of our residential buildings . Competitive edge-"you betcha". Residents could pick up their laptop and move it anywhere in the high-rise they lived in. Problems "sure" yopu had the "stay at home " type that dowmloaded movies or massive files that hogged band width. The answer was to add more t1 (not sure of the technical name) lines which would prevent the system from fading out. with more lines it cost us more money. Has anybody tried managing their own system by renting the lines themselves and hiring a techie type to oversee the system. I have enough building bulk but I dont have the experience set to this up.
We had high speed internet and cable tv installed in our all of our suburban class B office buildings a few years ago and it definitely gave us a competitive edge. We have it in our apartment communities also. I'm going to look into wireless as that sounds like a good idea. I'd like to charge for it though, or get some kind of fee from the cable company.
It seems to me that it would be more cost effective and way less risk to have the wi-fi providers supply this service. Sure it's a few extra dollars but in the long run with identity theft and hacking being a way of life, I'm not so sure it's worth the risk for the competitive edge.
Convenience for the work at home folks as well as just to know you can achieve total wireless connection without going to a local starbucks is something we all want and need, so there is no question that part of "green" environment should include global wireless connection in all of our residential developments. More information and legislative support of communities adopting global wireless will be a good thing for all property management professionals.
I am in the process of working with a local cable company to bring in fiber optics into a building I manage to serve the tenants broadband and other services. I am also having them install wi-fi in our lobby which will serve as an amentity to the building. I requested an "access/security deposit fee" from the cable company and was not successful. In my opinion, this is similar to having a roof top agreement where the company pays the owner a fee for having their equipment on the roof.
I am looking forward to having this technology in our office building, but just curious, if there was anyone else in this same situation who found the local cable company not wanting pay the owner for them bringing in their equipment into the building when the cable company will be generating money from the tenants in their market? Dawn Daffinee, CPM