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CTS 064: Wi-Fi Roundtable 1 – Part 1

This is a new series on the podcast where we bring together a group of Wi-Fi professionals for a roundtable discussion of industry topics, casual banter, and camaraderie. Insults are on the house 😉

Office table

A couple of us Wi-Fi professionals had the idea of getting together in virtual space to discuss anything and everything happening in Wi-Fi. This is the first time we have formed a roundtable, let alone an interview, with more than 3 people.

In this roundtable, which is split out into two episodes, we have Rowell Dionicio, François Vergès, Robert Boardman, Steve McKim, Brennan Martin, Samuel Clements, and Stewart Goumans.

Roundtable Discussions

  • Trolls
    • How to respond to trolls
    • Ignore trolls
    • Support each other
  • CCIE Wireless program from Cisco
    • Is it worth pursuing?
  • Recruiters
    • How to work with them
    • What to expect
  • CWNP Program
    • The reach of CWNP
    • The differentiator with CWNEs
  • Vendor bugs
  • Latest trends
  • What’s in your lab

This Week In Wireless

Datto acquires Open Mesh

British Telecom launches the UK’s first mesh network for whole home Wi-Fi

  • Home mesh now being offered by ISP in UK.
  • Read more.

Metageek Chanalyzer Updated

  • Latest update brings Chanalyzer to 5.8.9.
  • Read the release notes.

Jeeva Wireless raises 1.2M to develop a low-power Wi-Fi transmission technology

  • Low power.
  • Passive Wi-Fi.
  • Read the article.

CTS 059: Become A Better Wi-Fi Engineer in 2017

Becoming a better Wi-Fi engineer with this list of resources. Even if you are just getting started in Wi-Fi, you should check out each resource.

Happy New Year! We made it to 2017! I am so glad we are done with 2016.

I spent a lot of time in 2016 studying for the CWNP exams working my way up to CWNE. But in 2017, I’d like to focus on becoming a better Wi-Fi engineer.

What does that mean? I’m talking about really learning how Wi-Fi works. Understanding the technical details of creating a good experience for the end users. In addition, we have to apply what we learn in the field. Whether that is improving your home Wi-Fi, installing Wi-Fi for a church, for your office, or doing high density Wi-Fi.

So in this episode, I want to outline a lot of resources that are available to help us become better Wi-Fi engineers.

Wi-Fi Resources

  • Wireshark
    • Start capturing frames
    • Airtool is a good application for macOS
    • Use this tool from Riverbed for Windows
  • Vendor-specific
    • CCNA Wireless
    • CCNP Wireless
    • Aruba has some good docs
    • Read Cisco configuration guides
  • Get out there and volunteer your services
    • Install Wi-Fi for someone in need, such as your local church
  • Get ahold of some Cisco APs and install the virtual controller trial
  • Do as much work as possible, try to work out the issues and if you need further clarification or guidance, reach out to the community.
  • Find ways to do true validation testing with end users and their devices.
  • Secure networks with 802.1X, I know easier said than done.