We all know that since the pandemic occurred, remote work has become the new norm for many companies. Now that people can and used to working from anywhere, it has led to a boom in the outdoor recreation industries. RV parks, marinas, and campground venues see a huge influx of travelers as more workers abandon their home offices and travel from place to place with their headless devices.
To accommodate these types of visitors, outdoor venues have been scrambling to upgrade their guest WiFi networks and associated backhaul. In addition to the infrastructure, the networks also need to accommodate a myriad of IoT devices that require connectivity but are designed to connect to non-shared home networks. Many of these devices don’t have display capabilities to allow them to connect to captive portals; this is what we call a “headless IoT device,” such as a printer, streaming media stick, or a security camera.
So Many Headless Devices!
Condominiums, apartments, student dorms, and other MDU or campus communities, along with hotels, marinas, campgrounds, convention facilities, and mixed-use properties, are now being forced to decide on ways to accommodate the connectivity of IoT devices. Additionally, how will the venue offset the cost associated with the increased bandwidth and security requirements involved? IoT headless devices such as Roku or Firesticks, watches, Fitbits, Alexa’s, Ring Alarms, WiFi cameras, VR goggles, and others were designed to work in a secure, non-share home WiFi network. However, allowing so many devices on a shared WiFi network becomes tricky to manage and administer.
The expert team at GoZone WiFi concluded that there needed to be a way to create a type of subscription where guests could register headless devices to log in seamlessly wherever they settle.
Our new IoT guest plan features that are being developed will address this increasingly common issue.
These new powerful features will allow a community, campus, campground, or another shared WiFi venue to create many self-service plans that offer free limited WiFi while also offering advanced connection options to support multiple guest IoT devices. In addition, these tools will allow the guests to manage their own connections and devices, which currently bog down IT, administrators, and venue staff. Additional security features will group and isolate devices in their own private network so others can’t see or share the devices, and therefore, the network is more secure.
The Bottom Line
The pandemic has changed so many facets of life. Taking advantage of the benefits of remote work seems like one of the few bright sides to this otherwise devastating situation. Our goal is for people to have a secure, fast, and seamless connection to the devices and applications that connect them to their workplaces and loved ones, even when far from home.
Contact us or one of our IT partners to learn more about these new features and start feeling safe when connected to public networks!