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Critical Differences Between Wi-Fi and In-Building Wireless

Learn the most important differences between using Wi-Fi for tenant connectivity versus a managed in-building wireless solution.

The good news about your building and your tenants’ wireless connectivity issues is that it’s a new year and last year is gone. The bad news is that the same problem remains on your desk and it won’t be fixed by your tenant’s Wi-Fi coverage alone. What a way to kick off the New Year, right!?!

So your tenants can’t use their cellular/LTE connection inside your building because of the steel and concrete construction, low-E glass and other factors. It’s a problem, for sure, and a big bummer for your tenants, where a recent study found 77% of them consider a cellular connection at work extremely important to them.

Wi-Fi is an “ok” alternative to supplying simple wireless access for building tenants to check their email. But in no way is Wi-Fi remotely adequate for the incredible bandwidth and security demands of enterprise users inside your office tower or hotel.

Consider These Wi-Fi Differences


Wi-Fi Weakness #1: The Wi-Fi signal is unlicensed and easier to hack. Think stolen passwords, proprietary data loss and customer profiles hacked. Cellular connectivity is substantially more secure.

Wi-Fi Weakness #2: Inconsistent connection when moving from one area to another, i.e., going from one floor to the next.

Wi-Fi Weakness #3: Believe it or not, your office microwave oven can actually cause background signal noise and interrupt Wi-Fi access.

Wi-Fi Weakness #4: Wi-Fi does not support consistent cellular telephone service, resulting in dropped calls and poor connectivity.

Wi-Fi Weakness #5: Wi-Fi does not provide location reporting for an emergency response.

“If you’re in the commercial real estate industry, your conversations will inevitably steer toward in-building wireless for tenant mobile access,” says Mark Horinko, president of Airwavz. “Just beyond the reach of providing simple Wi-Fi access is a world of committed in-building wireless infrastructure that can satisfy thousands of tenants and even help save lives in an emergency.”

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Placing smart investment dollars into commercial building infrastructure will yield longer-term profitability, increased lease rates, higher occupancy and longer tenant leases.

What we do at Airwavz is help building owners develop a scalable wireless infrastructure with strong cellular performance from all major mobile carriers inside their buildings.

“We are uniquely experienced and qualified telecommunications industry experts that understand where these mobile performance trends are heading and how to develop and manage building infrastructure to remain competitive and relevant,” says Horinko.

In summary, Wi-Fi is highly useful for business, but not a substitute for in-building wireless cellular connectivity. The real-time data and communication demands of your building tenants far outweigh any performance standards that Wi-Fi along can provide.

Call Airwavz at 1-833-247-9289 to speak with one of our uniquely qualified team members or use our contact form to help you learn the facts about building mobility and building cellular performance in your building.

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