Isaacs on the Quay, located in the historic town of Ipswich, is not just a place with a rich heritage, but a bustling modern hub. Its stunning waterfront location offers a blend of history, culture, and leisure.
To meet the demands of a diverse clientele and provide an exceptional guest experience, Isaacs on the Quay recognised the need for a robust and reliable wireless network.
Enter Multithread, the experts behind the scenes, who embarked on a transformative WiFi site survey and network upgrade project. In Part 1 of this blog series, we’ll delve into the challenges, strategies, and initial steps taken to enhance connectivity at this iconic venue.
Isaacs on the Quay is a sprawling complex, comprised of Grade I and Grade II listed buildings, each with its unique charm and architectural significance. While its historical significance is unquestionable, providing seamless and high-speed wireless connectivity across the premises presented quite a challenge.
Understanding the Scope
Multithread began by conducting a comprehensive site survey. This phase was crucial in understanding the layout of the complex, identifying potential dead zones, and assessing the unique architectural features that could impact WiFi signal propagation. The site survey involved meticulous planning, precise measurements, and a deep understanding of the network’s future requirements.
Building a Foundation
The next step involved designing a network architecture that could meet the demands of Isaacs on the Quay. The goal was to provide reliable WiFi access to guests, support the staff’s operational needs, and accommodate any potential future expansions.
Overcoming Architectural Hurdles
One of the most intriguing aspects of this project was dealing with the historical architecture of the site. The Grade I and Grade II listed buildings are a testament to centuries of history, but they also posed unique challenges for WiFi signal distribution. The team had to develop innovative solutions to ensure the wireless network’s coverage was comprehensive and uniform.
Future-Proofing the Network
In addition to immediate needs, Multithread considered future expansion plans and technology trends. This forward-thinking approach aimed to future-proof the network, ensuring that Isaacs on the Quay would have a scalable and adaptable wireless infrastructure that could evolve with technology.
LinITX had just taken delivery of the latest innovation in the professional wireless networking market – the Alta Labs AP6 and AP6-Pro access points. We knew that these WiFi 6 access points would be perfect for the job of providing maximum throughput, combined with wide-area coverage and high number of connected clients.
Part 1 of our journey through the WiFi site survey and network upgrade at Isaacs on the Quay showcases the initial steps, challenges, and strategies that laid the foundation for this remarkable transformation. In Part 2, we will delve deeper into the technical details, the solutions implemented, and the remarkable results achieved.
Stay tuned as we explore how Multithread and Alta Labs technology combined forces to bring this historical venue into the digital age while preserving its rich heritage. Isaacs on the Quay’s WiFi upgrade is a testament to how innovation can coexist seamlessly with history.