Historic San Francisco hotel updates Wi-Fi standards

The Hotel Whitcomb's Wi-Fi upgrade took only a few days to install. Photo credit: Hotel Internet Services

The Hotel Whitcomb has upgraded its Wi-Fi services from Hotel Internet Services. A 110-year-old San Francisco landmark that once served as the location of City Hall, Hotel Whitcomb has more recently undergone an extensive refurbishment project to provide its guests with a combination of elegance and modernity. Hotel leadership also prioritized the need to update its Wi-Fi abilities in order to provide the signal strength, speed and reliability that travelers now demand.

As a building constructed shortly after one of the city's most catastrophic earthquakes, Hotel Whitcomb is well designed to withstand future seismic activity with thick concrete walls and steel. But the same infrastructure had been responsible for a significant weakening of the property's Wi-Fi signal, affecting guest satisfaction as a result. Using state-of-the-art Ruckus wireless equipment strategically placed throughout the property, HIS has ensured that all 459 guestrooms and public spaces can consistently receive a strong enough signal to cater to multiple devices and any online need.

"Any hotelier nowadays understands that their clientele carries multiple devices and expects to be able to connect to a hotel's internet in order to access the same sort of online activities that they find at home,” GM John Trudeau said in a statement. "With our pre-existing Wi-Fi services needing a substantial update to meet such needs, we decided to partner with HIS as the company enjoys a strong reputation throughout our area."

In addition to providing each guest with the highest quality in connectivity, the HIS Wi-Fi enhancement also equips Hotel Whitcomb with the ability to create dedicated and private networks for guest groups such as business travelers or those attending a meeting. With the HIS propriety dashboard also implemented, Hotel Whitcomb staff can further view and maintain direct control over network health. Features include the ability to analyze data, such as the number of users online, support tickets, revenue generated through Wi-Fi purchases, the amount of broadband being utilized or the operational status of each segment of a property's network.

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