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Mobile Event App WiFi Bandwidth Calculator

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One of the most frustrating feelings for event managers onsite is when you’ve invested time and money into your new mobile event app and attendees tell you that they can’t use it while connected to the hotel or convention center WiFi.

 

So, how much WiFi bandwidth do you need to power your mobile event app to ensure that never happens? The short answer is, it varies.

 

Why? Because it’s not just your event app that will be using wifi. A few questions to consider: How many attendees are coming to the show? How many total users? Are you letting your exhibitors and sponsors use the WiFi or are you charging them separately? How much bandwidth will they need? Are you planning to use the internet for registration or livestream needs? Do your attendees typically use more than one device (a tablet and a phone or a laptop and phone)? Do they participate in a lot of social media?

 

How many attendees are coming to the show? How many total users? Are you letting your exhibitors and sponsors use the WiFi or are you charging them separately? How much bandwidth will they need? Are you planning to use the internet for registration or livestream needs? Do your attendees typically use more than one device (a tablet and a phone or a laptop and phone)? Do they participate in a lot of social media?

 

We suggest breaking it into three areas of internet usage when speaking to your internet provider: attendees, staff, and exhibitors/sponsors. Just like you do with estimating how many hotel room nights you’ll need based off of previous meetings history, request from your previous venue how much WiFi bandwith you used at your last comparable event. Then, take your answers from the above questions and use the WiFi calculator below to estimate your current WiFi need.

 

Once you’ve got that, you can work directly with your internet provider to have a more fruitful conversation about pricing and availability and how you can ensure your attendees never see the spinning ball of death (technical term) as the mobile event app or their email tries to load new information.

 

We’ve partnered with Endless Events who have shared with us this super simple WiFi Bandwidth Calculator which helps you not only estimate how much WiFi bandwidth you’ll need for your mobile event app, but it will also give you estimates for attendee WiFi, a livestream, content download (like handout’s) and registration .

 

Check back to our blog and upcoming webinars for more information on how to talk about WiFi, bandwidth, and what’s really important when negotiating for the best prices and access to the internets.

 

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