The Network Division of 2-Way Communications Service has been providing wired and wireless LAN service to Spruce Point Inn since late 2011. Over time the initial installation has been expanded upon, allowing the company to take advantage of improved wireless technology to meet the demands of their customers. The sprawling property had no Ethernet infrastructure so multiple DSL links over existing telco lines were utilized to create zones of wireless coverage which were ultimately expanded to cover the entire property, although throughput was an issue.
The nearly completed expansion represents a significant investment in time and new technology which will produce a very positive on-site WiFi experience for customers for years to come.
A new backbone composed of both aerial and trenched Cat6 cable and fiber optics will
connect 6 new core switches, and 15 new access switches. The new backbone will provide high speed connectivity to 30 new dual band high speed MIMO access points. MIMO (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output) is a wireless technology that uses multiple transmitters and receivers to transfer more data at the same time. All existing access points have been rewired to Gigabit speeds, and redundancy has been built into the system as well. The final hardware count will include 21 Ubiquiti Unifi Gigabit smart POE switches powering 55 Ubiquiti Unifi multi radio wireless access points.
Management of the new network will be accomplished by 2-Way’s Network Division from the Newington office as part of a remote managed services contract which includes 4-hour response time on-site support. Lyle McIntire said he is confident in the success of the project and appreciates the opportunity to play a small role in the success of the Spruce Point Inn.