“In each room, we needed a new high speed Internet connection capable of streaming HD video. In a conventional refit, we would install new Ethernet ports and lay additional cabling. However, the new room upgrades were to be ‘soft refurb’ only; so we couldn’t cut into walls and ceilings for new cabling. And as these rooms had to be on sale as soon as possible; there was no time or budget for making good or additional building work.” said Neil Cryer, IT Project Manager from De Vere Hotels.
De Vere Hotels turned to its existing cabling installer; MLR Networks to provide a networking solution that would give them the extra connectivity needed without causing any additional building work or disrupt the normal operations of the hotel. Downtime had to be kept to a minimum, so work had to be scheduled at the same time as regular maintenance works in the hotel where possible.
MLR Networks, with partner Power Ethernet, came up with a quick and simple solution which would provide Internet connectivity in the required rooms using Power Ethernet’s innovative Powerline Sockets. This patented device incorporates a four port, high speed Ethernet switch as well as a filtered 13 amp socket and simply replaces the existing electrical socket in each room.
At the electrical distribution board a second Power Ethernet Socket was installed on the same ring main and once configured by a MLR Networks’ engineer, a secure Local Area Network (LAN) was up and running, providing high speed Internet access through the new Ethernet ports in each bedroom. An initial pilot was undertaken in six bedrooms at De Vere Mottram Hall in Cheshire, for six weeks to prove the technology would work for De Vere Hotels.
Neil Cryer, IT Project Manager from De Vere Hotels said: ”We’ve worked with MLR Networks for more than 25 years, so I knew that they have the combination of networking, cabling and electrical expertise to meet our requirements as well as work within our deadlines. We are very impressed of how quickly MLR Networks installed this new technology and got it up and running with little disruption or downtime. Our hotels were able to start offering the fantastic new ‘Chambre Unique’ services in a matter of days and we are very happy that our customers can now enjoy a state of the art multimedia experience where they have the freedom to surf the web, listen to music, watch a HD movie, or access the internet whenever they wanted.”
Following on from the successful pilot, the technology was rolled out to a further 22 bedrooms at De Vere Mottram Hall and then rolled out to ten bedrooms at De Vere Belton Woods and in 48 bedrooms in the De Vere Grand Hotel Brighton, which were undergoing the ‘Chambre Unique’ upgrades.
The De Vere Hotels Group
The De Vere Hotels Group is a British company with a strong heritage and contemporary values driven by a desire to set a benchmark for excellence in hospitality. Their portfolio spans 71 luxury properties across the UK, including De Vere Hotels & Resorts, Village Urban Re‐ sorts, De Vere Luxury Lodges, De Vere Golf and De Vere Venues.
Founded in 2011, Power Ethernet is a UK technology start‐up with an innovative, new approach to PowerLine‐based networking for both home and commercial applications. Powerline is a proven, well‐established and recognised standard that uses power cables to create an instant Ethernet network. Power Ethernet’s patent pending integration of Powerline net‐ working technology into electrical sockets pro‐ vides an effective solution for businesses and home users who seek a simple but elegant solution for creating a high‐speed, highly reliable network.