"D-Link’s network solution gave us a wireless network that was seven times faster. That gives me a competitive advantage, satisfied tenants and peace of mind."
Jesper Kjellerås, founder of Impact Hub Stockholm
Impact Hub has been running a co-working facility for many years, and knows that it is important to have a stable Internet connection and fast wi-fi. In the past, Impact Hub had a number of different solutions for their wireless network, but none of these worked satisfactorily. The networks were too slow, had insufficient capacity and users have been cut off.
"Our requirement was that it must be easy to connect, that everything must work 110 per cent. We don’t have an in-house IT department to turn to."
D-Link’s identified which channels the other companies in the area were using. This analysis revealed that Impact Hub was using the same channel on the 2.4 GHz band as 12 other wireless networks in the building. This results in interference and poor performance. Furthermore, there were not enough access points in relation to the floor space in the premises and the number of users.
In order to eliminate all of the interference and achieve a stable, fast wireless network, D-Link chose to deliver a wireless network based on the new 802.11ac standard, which can achieve transmission in both the 2.4 GHz and the 5GHz band. The system covered the office space of 478 square metres with five wireless access points. In addition to this, two switches and a central management system were also supplied.
To provide the facility for power transmission via the network without having to lay electrical cables to each access point, the network was also supplemented with a Power over Ethernet (PoE) access switch.
Jesper Kjellerås, the founder of Impact Hub Stockholm, says that the new solution has been very well received and that the difference compared with before is huge.
Wireless performance is much faster and people can now move around the premises with full coverage at all times. The 11ac network is stable, with no interference and no more occasional crashes.
Another benefit with the new wireless network is that it can handle all wireless clients even when there are a lot of people in the premises at the same time. On some days the company holds breakfast and evening seminars, when more than 150 people are in the premises at the same time – Impact Hub can now offer every single person a guest login via the wireless network.
According to Jesper Kjellerås, administration using a central management tool is also a major benefit. Instead of logging in on a number of different devices to make adjustments, this can now be done centrally and remotely from one single device. The administrator can also see the status of the network at all times and how many clients are connected.