Hello world!

After spending a little time around our wireless community I’m taking up the challenge of starting a blog to record my travels through the world of all things 802.11 and beyond.

I am by no stretch of the imagination an expert in the field and you should not rely on any of my ramblings as gospel. They will be a record of things I learn and experience working in the sector and trying to keep pace with the constant change and innovation that makes wifi so much fun.

A little about me. I started out fresh from University working in a further education college in Nottingham in the UK as a network technician and part time lecturer on the GNVQ Advanced IT course, I was fortunate enough to be chosen as an instructor in our CCNA Academy when it was founded and spent a couple of years teaching students the joys of the OSI model and the wonders of vlans before heading off contracting for a few years with IBM Global Services for Astrazeneca in Loughborough as a network engineer. During these years I gained my CCNP and spent a lot of time swapping supervisor cards in 6500 chassis.

Following on from here I spent roughly ten years working at Bangor University in North Wales, initially looking after the halls of residence network before also inheriting the lion’s share of making this new fangled wireless malarky work. We were initially a Trapeze/Juniper site before beginning a migration to Aerohive when Juniper decided they couldn’t make an 11ac access point.

More itchy feet followed and I made the move to the University of Bristol just over two years ago where I continue to hone my skills. Last year I gained my CWNA and am working towards the CWDx level certifications and attempting to get to grips with Python and Ansible for giggles.

When not worrying about channel utilisations and malformed packets I’m a aviation anorak who can often be found glancing at the sky whenever anything interesting passes overhead, be it one of Bristol many hot air balloons or a B52 sneaking into Fairford.

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