Yacht internet: Segregating bandwidth to improve Wi-Fi on board
Last updated: 31/10/2017
For those travelling on board a yacht, an uninterrupted and reliable internet connection is a blessing. With owners, guests and crew all using the internet throughout the day (and night) to send important emails, stream videos and keep in touch with friends and family, a high-standard network connection will help make the journey a smooth and enjoyable one without frustrations.
Whilst many marine internet providers can offer quality solutions to poor connectivity, Azuz IT advised us that there’s an easy way to ensure the yacht's crew and passengers can keep connected with a quick and reliable connection without worry - network segregation.
Superyacht internet segregation
Network segregation is based on a rather simple approach: The main network is segmented into smaller chunks or domains, and these domains operate on different radios. Network segregation is simply the process of splitting or dividing a network into smaller and easier-to-manage segments.
Based on the divide and conquer approach, the act of segregating a network will give more control over its sub-segments. The ability to provide a controlled service is particularly important here, as it enables the yacht to separate the networks and provide ease of use, privacy and added security for all members on board. Captains can effectively separate crew and owner connections from the guest connection and have peace of mind that the network speed and security will not be compromised.
The benefits of segregating a yacht's internet network
With network segregation on board, passengers can instantly maximise the efficiency of the yacht's Wi-Fi connection, providing the guests and crew with a more reliable internet service. The benefits of segregating the on-board wireless network include:
- Better performance and reduced network congestion
- Traffic separation
- Bandwidth control
- Enhanced security and improved data reliability
- Flexibility of control is easy
Reduced quality of service is a misery, especially when on board a luxury yacht. Network segregation will divide the main network into smaller, easier to manage sub-networks. Since there will be fewer hosts altogether, there will be reduced traffic and therefore a notable boost in performance.
Network segregation also offers improved security through secure guest access. Using secure guest access, yachts can effectively segregate the guest traffic from the internal traffic and thereby offer robust security for the yacht’s Wi-Fi connection.
All guests on-board can be provided with a simple password that they can use to login to the network via a hotspot or lobby. This way, the various users of the network will have controlled access to services and information and sensitive information will be protected.
There will be no more worrying about slacking speed and intruders stealing the bandwidth since segregating the yacht’s network will enable bandwidth limits to various users. Controlling the bandwidth will enable you to offer various privileges to those who are entitled to them. For example, guests and owners would be granted unlimited bandwidth while crew will only be afforded use of the remaining bandwidth available after these connections have completed.
Since there will be a dramatic decrease in the amount of traffic moving through the various network segments, it will make it difficult for intruders to attack the network due to the complexity of the network structure. In addition, as it is critical to control the access to sensitive information, network segregation will offer improved access control for the owner, guests and the crew. As a result, not only will the network security be maximised, but it will also be less likely for a failure to propagate to other segments.
Offering customised control is not only critical, but also rather easy to accomplish. It's really very simple; once the network has been segregated, different policies can be applied to the various sub-segments of the network and hence, a reliable and high quality standard of service can effectively be provided.
Matt Bingham, of Azuz IT, concluded, "When you need a Wi-Fi solution that you can count on, a network segregation approach will be your safest bet. Not only will it give you great value for money, but it will also ensure that the Wi-Fi experience is flawless and your yacht or business to operate and offer a quality network connection with ease."
Not tech savvy enough to handle the technical concerns? Get hold of a marine internet or technology and IT expert to handle it for you. Whether you’re starting a new yacht network or simply want to improve your current one, experts will ensure that you have robust technology that you can always count on!