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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.

CTS 045: Wrap Up of Cisco Live 2016

Wow what a conference. Cisco Live 2016 met my expectations and more. With over 28,000 attendees we filled Las Vegas throughout the strip. At the Cisco Live, we collectively used about 40 TB of traffic! Impressive numbers. I have to give props to those who help set up the conference, especially WiFi. There were times it was slow but it worked very well for me for the rest of the conference.

With so many sessions available for us to wrap our heads around, there were a few that stuck out the most. In this episode, I provide some of my notes from the following sessions:

  • BRKEWN-2000 – Design and Deployment of Wireless LANs for Real Time Applications
  • BRKEWN-2017 – Understanding RF Fundamentals and the Radio Design of 802.11n/ac Networks
  • BRKEWN-2019 – 7 Ways To Fail As A Wireless Expert
  • BRKEWN-3000 – Analyzing and Fixing Wi-Fi Issues with Cisco WLC tools and Packet Capture Analysis
  • BRKEWN-3011 – Advanced Troubleshooting of Wireless LANs

One of my favorite sessions was the Meet the Engineer with Matt Swartz and surprisingly, Jim Florwick. To have some of Cisco’s finest WiFi experts was a great honor. The knowledge bombs they dropped were gold. Thank you to both for meeting with me.

And of course, the community. It was great to see my friend Robert Boardman again. Someone give him an alarm clock! It was great meeting Mitch Dickey, Brennan, Scott McDermitt, and Jerry Olla in person.

Till next year!

CTS 044: Cisco Live 2016

Cisco Live 2016 is here and I am attending for the first time. I am excited to meet many of the listeners of the Clear To Send podcast and to also get together with the folks I chat with all the time on social media. And of course I am looking forward to meeting new people.

In this episode, I talk about the sessions I am going to be sitting in on and what they are about. If you are not attending Cisco Live, you can view these presentations after the conference is over. Cisco usually publishes the presentations and the videos which you could see with a free account over at

** News

I will be taking a 4 week vacation after Cisco Live which means there won’t be any new episodes published. You will get a fresh new episode on August 7th. Don’t miss me too much!

** Sessions

  • Design and Deployment of Wireless LANs for real time Applications – BRKEWN-2000
  • Cisco Catalyst 3850 and 3650 Series Switching Architecture – BRKARC-3438 7
  • Ways to Fail as a Wireless Expert – BRKEWN-2019
  • Understanding RF Fundamentals and the Radio Design for 11ac Wireless Networks – BRKEWN-2017
  • WiFI Considerations for the Open Workspace – PSOEWN-2000
  • Best practices to deploy high-availability in Wireless LAN Architectures – BRKEWN-3014
  • Analyzing and fixing WiFi issues – Cisco WLC tools and packet capture analysis techniques – BRKEWN-3000CCNA Wireless, master the 802.11 protocols! – BRKCRT-1100
  • Wireless Best Practices – BRKEWN-2670
  • Improve enterprise WLAN spectrum quality with Cisco’s advanced RF capacities (RRM, CleanAir, ClientLink, etc) – BRKEWN-3010
  • Advanced Enterprise Campus Design: Converged Access -BRKCRS-2888
  • Design and Deployment of Wireless LANs for real time Applications – BRKEWN-2000

CTS 038: 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.

Links and Resources

CTS 020: 5 New Year’s Resolutions For Wireless Engineers

In This Episode

We’ve made it through the first week of 2016. It’s a good time to look back at our accomplishments of 2015 and to look forward for 2016.

I’ve created a short list of 5 New Year’s resolutions for wireless engineers. It is not in any particular order.

  1. Attend an in-person event
  2. Become a speaker/presenter
  3. Get certified
  4. Start a blog
  5. Be Bold

Bonus: Start your own lab

Links and Resources Mentioned

What are your New Year’s resolutions? Are you going to take up one of the ones listed above? Let me know in the comments below.