Hotel only has coax, what are my options?

Hotel Connectivity: Navigating the Challenges of Coaxial Cable Solutions


At Jet Hotel Solutions (, we understand the modern traveler’s demand for high-quality, reliable internet access during their hotel stays. Many hotels, especially those with older infrastructure, face the challenge of providing this essential service due to existing coaxial cable setups.

This article explores the viable solutions and technological advancements that enable hotels to overcome the limitations of coaxial cables.

The Predicament of Coaxial Cables

Historically, hotels have used coaxial cables primarily for television service. As the needs of hotel guests evolve, the demand for robust internet connectivity has become paramount. Unfortunately, coaxial cables, while adequate for broadcasting television signals, are not inherently designed for high-speed data transmission required for today’s internet needs.

Options for Hotels with Coaxial Infrastructure

  • Leveraging Existing Coaxial Cables for Internet

Advances in technology have given rise to solutions like the DOCSIS (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification) system, which allows internet data to be transmitted over coaxial cables.

Samsung’s introduction of the 694 Series Smart Hospitality TV is a prime example. These TVs are equipped with an embedded DOCSIS 3.0 modem, enabling high-speed internet access without additional wiring. This is an excellent option for hotels looking to enhance guest experience without the substantial costs of rewiring.

  • Cellular Solutions

For hotels where coaxial cable upgrades or modifications are not feasible, turning to cellular-based internet solutions can be an effective alternative. Devices that create a mobile hotspot can provide guests with a reliable internet connection, though coverage and speed will depend on the cellular service provider and the hotel’s location.

  • Exploring Fiber Optic Upgrades

While more expensive, upgrading to fiber optic cables is a future-proof solution that offers superior speed and reliability for internet services.

As noted in community discussions, checking with service providers like Cox can inform hoteliers of the availability and potential costs associated with transitioning to fiber optics.

  • Negotiating with Service Providers for Enhanced Coverage

In scenarios where physical infrastructure changes are unviable, hotels might negotiate with their internet service providers for better packages or enhanced service coverage, particularly for long-term guests who require more robust internet access.


Case Study: Implementing Smart TVs in Coaxial-Cabled Hotels

Coaxial Cables of a hotelA significant challenge for hotels using coaxial cables has been integrating modern technology like Smart TVs, which require stable and fast internet connections. The Samsung 694 Series Hospitality TV represents a breakthrough in this area.

With built-in DOCSIS 3.0 modems, these TVs facilitate the deployment of smart features such as streaming, social media access, and personalized content management without extensive infrastructural changes.


For us, understanding and addressing the technological constraints of coaxial cables in hotels is crucial. By exploring advanced solutions like DOCSIS-enabled Smart TVs, cellular alternatives, and potential upgrades to fiber optics, hotels can significantly enhance guest satisfaction.

We are committed to helping hoteliers navigate these options, ensuring they can provide the best possible experience to their guests, thereby staying competitive in the hospitality industry.

Call to Action

Stay ahead of the competition by upgrading your hotel’s connectivity solutions. Contact us for consultancy and implementation of the latest in hospitality technology. We’re here to help you deliver a seamless and modern experience that meets the expectations of today’s travelers.


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