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SmartRent Launches Community Wi-Fi for MDU Market

A consistent connection encompasses the entire community, so residents aren’t required to connect to various routers as they move about the property.

SmartRent, a provider of smart home and property operations solutions for the rental housing industry, has announced the launch of its Community Wi-Fi solution, built by multifamily experts for the multifamily industry.

Through Community Wi-Fi, SmartRent is elevating renter expectations for wireless service at their communities in terms of connection speed, dependability, portability, and affordability. It is also raising the bar for management teams by upgrading infrastructure and working harmoniously with major property management systems and existing tech stacks for smooth integration and implementation.

SmartRent Community Wi-Fi

Broadly, the impact of smart technology has often been limited by the Wi-Fi system deployed at the property level. Resident-acquired Wi-Fi varies substantially from home to home, and bulk Wi-Fi packages are still dependent on the signal strength and reliability of individual routers and modems in each home, common area. and amenity space. After analyzing the needs of apartment communities and experiencing the challenges firsthand, SmartRent decided to help solve the long-standing industry issue. Through its development of Community Wi-Fi, SmartRent strives to deliver dependable, accessible, community-wide internet access to serve as the bedrock upon which rental housing communities can confidently build out their smart home and proptech systems.

“SmartRent’s Community Wi-Fi is the culmination of years of discovery with our clients and a deep understanding of the pains associated with connectivity at the property level,” says SmartRent CEO Lucas Haldeman. “We are uniquely positioned to bring a truly game-changing Wi-Fi solution to the market. Through our infrastructure upgrade expertise, vast hardware and software installation experience, and intimate knowledge of smart home technologies for IoT, we have designed Community Wi-Fi to power fully connected communities. Dynamic and reliable high-speed internet connectivity is not only one of the single highest demand amenities for today’s renters, it is also the backbone of efficient, high-performing properties.”

Residents can initiate Community Wi-Fi in a matter of minutes, with no need to set up an installation appointment, through the SmartRent app — the same platform used to manage smart home devices and smart access controls and receive calls from video intercoms. Featuring up to 1 GB connection speeds, the service is competitive with individual in-home Wi-Fi plans. A consistent connection encompasses the entire community, including amenities, common areas, and office spaces, so residents and on-site staff aren’t required to connect to various routers as they move about the property. The reliable connectivity also enables Wi-Fi calling, making it essential in areas with marginal cellular reception.

As a marketable amenity, Community Wi-Fi can be leveraged to boost lead conversions and resident retention. Through infrastructure ownership, operators can gain a direct NOI boost from a monthly connection fee per unit and an overall increased asset value through significant infrastructure upgrades. Community-wide connectivity fortifies smart communities, providing stability for property technologies and smart home devices to enhance overall IoT performance.

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