“We’re going to Disney World?!!”
The excitement in a three year old’s voice is contagious! We just spent a week in Orlando and didn’t want to come home.
Our vacation could be described as follows:
Wake up. RIDES!! Come home. Eat. CRASH. Zzzzz.
We did a lot of walking every day, and were happy to come home to the Sheraton Vistana Resort each evening. We really enjoyed our time there – and while we had some minor hiccups, one thing stuck out that I would like to bring to Sheraton’s attention.
The internet connectivity.
I know, I know. Before you tell me “Hey you’re on vacation, enjoy the outdoors!” let me say I completely agree with you. Not-so-ironically enough, the best wireless signal I got – was sitting outside our villa in the lovely closed-in patio.
Anywhere indoors, the internet was, let’s just say, “Less then optimal.”
My Mom always said growing up that if you’re going to offer criticism, do it constructively – but I’m going to take it one step further and offer a solution. How about that?
Sheraton folks? Consider using powerline adapters. I’ve written about them on my blog previously.
Now, not being clued-in to how your network is configured, I assume there is a router or a bridge (on each floor?) in every building.
It could work like this:
You would connect the initial small powerline adapter into a port on the router or switch (and plug the unit into a wall power jack), and then distribute wireless adapters as needed. They can both act as an extender for the internet, and if plugged directly in a villa, they also include a wired (read: stable) connection, which is preferable to wireless. Offsetting the capital outlay, you could offer a separate device to guests for that improved connection (and a fee). Honestly, I would have gladly paid $25-50 to have one in my room – as I considered buying a LTE hot spot (but not for $100 for a week). Ouch! Or you could just add one or two to each floor in maintenance closets so as to prevent access to them, while providing expanded wireless internet coverage.
Maybe consider something like this?
You might opt for something completely different – and I can appreciate that. I just wanted to offer a possible solution for folks who might bring up the connection speed as an issue. As it doesn’t appear that the rooms are hard-wired, a wireless one of these could be added to their room ahead of their arrival and give that room much better internet coverage during their stay.
But they (and by they I mean myself) should be outside enjoying Orlando!
See you again – hopefully – before too long! I can already hear it now: “When are we going back to Disney World?”
Thanks for reading!