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CTS 073: Roundtable II – WiFi Issues

This is Roundtable II, where we gather other Wi-Fi professionals in our industry to talk about a topic we all are passionate about – wireless.

CTS 073 - Roundtable II WiFi Issues

Roundtable II

Thank you for listening to today’s episode. We have gathered three individuals to share Wi-Fi issues with the listeners and to discuss how they resolved them. That is the topic of the roundtable.

In this episode we have:

  • Glenn Cate
  • Gurpreet Singh
  • Jon Foster

We all come across issues on the wireless network. Some are the most common issues you’ll come across while others are a little farfetched and out there.

Wi-Fi Issues

Glenn Cate, CWNE #181 and from Episode 061, gives provides us with the context of a perfect storm. Everything that can go wrong went wrong. And none of it was on the technical side!

Gurpreet Singh works for a VAR in Canada. He gave us two Wi-Fi issues which required use of spectrum analysis. Who doesn’t like doing SpecAn?? His issue shows us we need to know everything used in the environment. I’ll give you a hint.. It has to do with conference rooms.

Jon Foster is a presales engineer for a VAR in the UK. Like Rowell, Jon provided an issue from higher education. A lot of the best issues come from there. Another has to do with physical security and who doesn’t like putting physical security components on the wireless network?

François talked about a cold situation. And I mean that too, physically cold. What could go wrong. Just select an AP and put it up, right? François also provided two issues, the second issue prevented someone from sleeping. Now what does that have to do with Wi-Fi?

Rowell talked about SpecAn at a hotel during a conference. And someone from the audience even asked why Wi-Fi was slow. Well let us show you!

Links and Resources

CTS 061: Wi-Fi For The Non-Profit Community

Glenn Cate, guest hosts.

Glenn Cate, CWNE #181, is our special guest who has done many Wi-Fi projects for the non-profit community. He provides his experience and tips on giving back.

Wi-Fi has become an expected service throughout our communities.  From shopping malls to restaurants to businesses to airports to our homes, we just anticipate using Wi-Fi connections with our smart devices.  Yet, there are many organizations that give so much back to our communities that also need Wi-Fi:  free health clinics, community service centers, churches and religious organizations, schools and neighborhood centers.

The problem usually is not that Wi-Fi is not important, but that these non-profit organizations do not have the skilled resources or financial backing to install Wi-Fi services.  So many times, poorly designed Wi-Fi is installed or no Wi-Fi at all is present.  WLAN professionals can give back by providing their skill set in helping plan and deploy Wi-Fi for non-profit organizations that give so much to our communities.

Projects Glenn Cate has worked on:

  • Church (three buildings)
    • Six APs
    • Server closet
    • Five 24 port unmanaged switches
    • Ethernet pulling/punch down.
  • MS/HS/elementary school of 600+ students (four buildings plus small trailers)
    • Site survey
    • Vendor AP comparison
    • Pulled/punched down Ethernet cables
    • Deployed APs
    • Initial cloud configuration
    • Knowledge transfer.
  • Several churches
    • Consultation on Wi-Fi uplift and recommendations
  • Church(three buildings)
    • Site survey
    • Pulled/punched down Ethernet cables
    • Ethernet drops to offices
    • Security appliance configuration
    • AP installation
    • Fiber run to remote building
    • Post validation testing
    • Knowledge transfer.

In this episode, Glenn speaks about getting into the project management side of things including talking to directors, steering committees, and technical resources. A question Glenn answers is how do some of non-profits have the funds to pay for enterprise-grade equipment? You’ll be surprised.

One question I give to Glenn is what kind of obstacles does he run into while doing the installation? What if the work requires more than just your expertise and manpower?

Lastly, why does Glenn provide his expertise and services for free to non-profits? The reason why is important.

I hope you enjoy this interview with Glenn Cate. If you have any questions please submit a comment below. You can find Glenn Cate on Twitter and on his blog.