Re-creating the home networking experience in halls of residence

Re-creating the home networking experience in halls of residence

Darren Henwood
17th May 2018

Accommodation is so much more than a place to sleep for students; it’s their new home-away-from-home. To help them settle in, students need familiar services that work the way they’re used to. 

At home, students wouldn’t give a second thought to connecting multiple devices to a home Wi-Fi network and then connecting them with each other. Imagine how frustrating it will be for Generation-Z to get to university and not have that familiar experience?

Before now, the Wi-Fi in halls of residence didn’t allow students to wirelessly connect all their devices. We knew this wasn’t making students happy, which is why we have developed the StudentCom Home Network. Now, students can connect as many as 25 devices on a private network without the need for a Wi-Fi router, so they will feel right at home in their accommodation. Pretty cool, right? 

From September 2018, Wi-Fi devices will be able to connect and communicate on our shiny new StudentCom Home Network.

Print documents from anywhere in halls; play music from a network storage device in common areas; share course materials. Plus, unlike cloud services or apps which can make connecting devices slow and confusing, the StudentCom Home Network allows students to enjoy fast, seamless connectivity instantly, with minimum setting up.  

Our Home Network will be accessible to most devices, including those using iOS, Google Android or Windows operating systems from anywhere in a building with Wi-Fi provided by StudentCom.

The Home Network makes it possible for a user’s devices to interact anywhere in the building over any available Wi-Fi and wired connection. In addition, whilst on the Home Network, the user’s devices will be visible only to the user. The Home Network will be private and re-create the home networking experience your residents expect.

Our considerable investment in network infrastructure and software enhancements will provide fast, reliable inter-device connectivity. Home Network is compatible with Alexa, wireless printers, network storage, Smart TVs, Chromecast, Airplay, Amazon Firestick, Apple TV, video cameras and numerous other devices.

Nobody in the sector knows students better than StudentCom. With 28 years of experience, delivering our service to over 250,000 residents across more than 600 different locations, we’re trusted in our field and can provide you with a service that’s perfectly tailored to your needs.

FAQ

How many devices can I connect to the StudentCom HomeNetwork?

25

Do I need to connect to a router to use my home network?

No – The StudentCom HomeNetwork creates a home router-type experience using Wi-Fi access points and fixed broadband service outlets.

Do I need to download any software or an app?

No – You can configure the StudentCom Home Network by accessing the MyAccount portal, then using the standard Apps and User Interfaces provided by the respective devices and operating systems in the normal way. There is no need to enter usernames and/or passwords other than to access the MyAccount portal.

Will the HomeNetwork just work in my room?

No – You can use the Home Network from anywhere in the building where the Wi-Fi and fixed broadband service is provided by StudentCom.

Will the HomeNetwork only work on wireless?

No – Home Network will work on both wired and wireless connections.

If you want more information on how a managed internet service can enhance your students’ online experience, you can give us a ring on 03333 800 800, email us at hello@studentcom.co.uk or visit our website www.studentcom.co.uk 

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