As part of a standard site WiFi architecture, all the connected end users are on the same VLAN, and traffic segmentation is enabled by default (basic security precaution), meaning that end users traffic is isolated and devices cannot ‘see each other’ on the network.
Wifirst’s original idea was to be able to create a secure connection “bubble” in each unit of accommodation, to replicate a connection experience ‘like at home’. Wifirst has achieved this feature by developing the “Room Area Network”, RAN technology, delivering a private and secure network, accessible anywhere throughout the whole hotel or residence.
Using their individual WiFi password, users connect to their own secure “Room Area Network” in their bedroom, enabling them to :
It is traditionally difficult for any printer (any non-browser based devices) to be connected to the internet, unless it bypasses the Captive portal authentication process. The RAN enables users to connect and use their printer within their own network.
WiFi speakers are very popular, especially with students. However, like printers, they are unable to connect and go through the captive portal authentication, making the RAN the only solution enabling connected speakers to work.
All games consoles can be permanently connected to the internet with the RAN.