Make OFDM Great Again

So 802.11ax promises to “reinvent” our dear OFDM technology and bring us to a new promised land of OFDMA. Fly your wireless networking expert flag with pride with this t-shirt!


No, that ain’t me wearing the shirt sadly.

Atmosphere 2017


No podcast/blogpost this week, as I’m out living it up in Nashville with some of the best and brightest minds in the wireless networking industry! They’ve revealed a lot of exciting new features in just the first day, ranging from the ambitious machine learning based security on the internal network to the practical new wired tunneling techniques and multi-zoned APs. And yes, the presentations are more than just marketing fluff. I’ve already attended several great sessions, including a technical deep dive on 802.11ax, with many more scheduled for the next several days. More to come.

Also, the ongoing Amazon S3 outage just proves that the cloud really is just someone else’s computer.



General Blogspam

Sorry it’s been so quiet over here lately. I’ve been engaged in several new projects that are taking up the majority of my time. I don’t have anything to share with you today that I’VE created… but I have something better! Something that OTHER people have created!

Here’s a few articles and videos from around the web that I’ve particularly enjoyed:

First, a good overview of the inherent issues with long distance vMotion. I’ve been doing a deep dive into VMware lately to better understand exactly why it asks for unfun things from the network, like stretched L2. This sums up my feelings nicely:

Long Distance vMotion is a Dumpster Fire by Tony Bourke (he has a lot of other great videos)

Second, a nice whiteboard session into VMware NSX:

VMware NSX Overview by Rob Riker

Third, a good read on the state of BGP as the internet fabric:

BGP in 2016 by Geoff Huston

As far as my latest tinkerings, I’ve had the opportunity to play with a WiFi pineapple by Hak5. It’s a neat little device that lets you launch all kinds of wireless attacks. I don’t plan on doing anything all that nefarious, but I do have several interesting packet captures that I’ll likely be blogging about soon.

As mentioned above, I am working towards the VCP-NV so I can better understand the intricacies of datacenter requirements and how NSX ticks. It’s eye-opening stuff coming from a campus background.

HPE has announced that they are moving away from the Comware product line and on to the Arista line for any datacenter opportunities. That’s a bit frustrating as I spent a great deal of time learning the Comware side of the house, but I’ve heard a lot of good things about Arista. HPE was kind enough to set me up with a free three day boot camp for Arista in the next several weeks; more to come on that.

Finally, I am happy to announce that Edge has invested into a full wireless site survey kit with Ekahau, Metageek, and more! I’ve used these platforms in the past, but I’m taking time to brush back up on them now. Edge is now able to offer full professional predictive surveys, onsite assessments, hybrid surveys, spectrum analysis, and more. Even better, I already have projects to work on. I’m excited to be getting back to the wireless side of things!




Introduction and other Necessities


I am not sure how you found this page, but I am impressed.  Unless I am a big public figure at the time that you read this, in which case, I guess it’s understandable. But that would raise other concerns.

In case you couldn’t tell I am not a professional writer, blogosphere architect, or social media guru. What I am is a computer networking junkie that likes to learn and then attempt to share some version of that knowledge with others.

Currently I am employed as a Solutions Architect with Edge Solutions, LLC, with a strong focus on the latest and greatest trends in the networking industry. On my path to this position I learned a LOT from other gearheads in social media and now I want to give back what I can.

Why should you listen to me? Well, first of all, no one said you should. But in addition to having a number of arcane acronyms to my name indicating that I can pass a test, I have been involved in the tech industry for several years now, I am detail oriented, and I am conscientious to a fault. I will do my best to not lead you astray.

Thanks for reading and looking forward to learning together!