Reliable Internet connectivity is a must for every hotel. It is no longer enough to have a single Internet connection. Guest Internet, PMS systems, and the Admin network are constantly online and any outage or slow down is unacceptable.
The solution is redundant Internet connections from different ISPs and a bandwidth shaping load balancer. Leap Networks' engineers examine both current and projected bandwidth requirements to ensure services meet current and future growth needs. No matter how much bandwidth you need - from Fiber, DS3, and Metro-E, to Cable or DSL, Leap Networks will find the solution that is right for you! And as an "ISP neutral" provider, Leap Networks works with a number of communications partners so that Leap Networks can provide clients with the best options for the best price.
Bandwidth Management is accomplished using various techniques. Types of bandwidth management techniques are listed below:
- Bandwidth Capping - Capping guests' maximum bit rate at some fixed value (1 or 2 Mbps) regardless of the number of guests using the services or the maximum bandwidth available. The Internet Gateways can cap bandwidth for the entire gateway. Leap Networks can also cap bandwidth by individual users. Bandwidth can be capped by group or passcode as well.
- Tiered billing - Guests can be assigned a certain amount of bandwidth for "free", and then with our PMS integration option, upgrade their service for a fee to a larger amount of dedicated bandwidth.
- Dynamic Bandwidth Management - Bandwidth is allocated and managed based on the type of application (DNS, WEB, Mail, Streaming, IM, VOIP, FTP, Peer to Peer, and unassigned high-ports (catchall rules).
- Application level peer to peer (BitTorrent) rate limiting/blocking to protect hotels from copyright infringment notices.
- Traffic shaping - Traffic shaping provides a means to control the volume of traffic being sent into a network for a specified period (bandwidth throttling) or the maximum rate at which the traffic is sent (rate limiting). Leap Networks gateways can rate limit inbound and outbound traffic. The load balancer can support quality of service traffic shaping based on deep packet inspection, application type, port, and protocol.
- Bandwidth Link / Aggregation - All properties need multiple ISP links bonded together with a load balancer, but that is just the beginning. Leap Networks specializes in custom load balancer configurations that allocate specific bandwidth and preferred circuit paths for QOS specific applications, Guest Internet, PMS traffic, and Admin backoffice.
- Our Load balancer offers seamless Internet failover. If one or more ISP circuits go down, the property continues to remain connected to the Internet without any configuration changes. All ISP circuits would have to fail in order for the property to lose Internet.