Written by: Alex Whitman & Ben Madill, Co-op Students at SolutionInc Hello, my name is Alex Whitman and I just finished my first year at the University of Western Ontario where I am pursuing a Bachelor of Medical Sciences, taking lots of computer science courses as my electives. I am heading into my second year…
Arriving in downtown Toronto was an amazing experience for me as I have not been there before and was very excited to see the night skyline. I must say, Toronto did not disappoint as the views were spectacular. In the city for business, I was lucky enough to have friends who live in Mississauga so they were happy to show me around and get me to my vacation rental.
As a university student at Acadia University, I heavily rely on WiFi and Internet connectivity to efficiently and easily manage my study routine. For my first two years at Acadia I lived on residence, where I spent most my time studying and hanging out with friends. Both of these activities mean that I made a lot of use of the WiFi on campus, such as having access to class resources and competing in very competitive Mario kart tournaments. The quality of WiFi in residence differed from the quality of WiFi in the academic buildings. The academic buildings like the library and classrooms had very consistent and good quality WiFi. This is most likely due to the fact that most academic buildings have very large open areas allowing there to be less interference than in residence buildings. WiFi in residence was not bad, although it had its moments where disconnects would happen and the quality/speed would fluctuate. This was likely caused by the high density of the buildings (lots of rooms close together, floors, people and a high concentration of devices). Access Points (APs) at Acadia residences are mounted on the ceiling in public hallways, along with Ethernet port interfaces in each room allowing for a wired connection. Having APs in each room would have made the WiFi experience much smoother and more enjoyable while in residence. Also having my own Personal Area Network (PAN) to manage my devices would’ve been great – something that I’ve learned about at SolutionInc.
We attended the Vacation Rental Management Association International Show (VRMA) this year and had an excellent time at the trade show MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Being our first time attending and exhibiting, we really weren’t too sure what to expect. Here we explain the top 3 pillars that we took away from our current and potential customers at this show:
It is no secret that when you become a global organization, your business changes significantly. In today’s market, it can be difficult to be successful while only servicing customers locally or even nationally; going global is almost a requirement. We’ve been a global company for many years working in the Internet and network fields for more than twenty years. I’m old enough to remember the first computer that my friend had and the most amazing games ever – pong and frogger! But it’s otherwise hard for me to remember a time without consistent WiFi access and google in the palm of my hand. And the reality is that many parts of the world still aren’t caught up to North American standards of connectivity.