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Robert Boardman, Hub Holster, Cisco Live, and RRM

Robert Boardman is my special co-host for Episode 38. Robert is the creator of Hub Holster which is a great alternative to using velcro on your laptop to hold up a USB hub during a wireless site survey. I assisted in providing measurements for my own USB hub and after a few back and forth in communication I have a fully functional USB hub holder. It was printed using a 3D printer.

We discuss how the idea of the hub holster came to mind, the process that goes into building a hub holster, and other features we may want to see.

Both Robert Boardman and I will be heading to Cisco Live 2016 in Las Vegas. This will be my first time attending. I’m excited to meet others in networking and hope to get a podcast episode recorded with other attendees. If you are attending Cisco Live 2016, please let me know!

Our last topic of discussion is about RRM. Robert and I have been thinking about really learning the ins and outs of RRM. Our goal is to deploy RRM and collect the necessary metrics to determine whether or not RRM helped in our scenario.

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Rowell, CWNE #210, is a network engineer in Higher-Ed. He enjoys working with wireless networking technologies and loves to share and engage with the community. You can connect with him on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

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  • Another great show Rowell! These podcasts are a gold mine of information! You’ve really inspired me to progress my career path in the wireless arena.
    Hope you guys enjoy Cisco Live! I’m UK based so wont be attending sadly but look forward to hearing your experiences and findings.
    Congratulations to Robert on his fantastic innovation! I use velcro sticky pads for my antennas and USB hub on a work LT running AirMagnet Survey Pro. But if it were my own LT I might be more discerning and grab a Hub Holster.
    I run what I think is a kind of RRM on the Moto RFS6000 I administer. Moto…or Zebra should I say use SMART RF. Same technology? I don’t know, but will investigate now due to episode 38.
    Keep up the great work!

  • Rowell and Robb–great podcast! Since you mentioned me, I need to mention Nolan who did a test with a different USB 3.0 hub and his blog is here: So far, I have seen all USB 3.0 hubs as “noisy” – they raise the noise floor and give poor survey results in the 2.4 GHz band. If someone can mention a “quiet” USB 3.0 hub, great. If not, I suggest using only USB 2.0 hubs or as Nolan says, just use the USB dongle (see his blog for a pic). As always, test all your devices for extraneous RF before you do a survey.

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