Frequently Asked Questions

Can I download the show manually?

Yes. There is a direct download link in every post on the podcast website, just under the media player embedded in the post.


Can I be a guest on the show?

We look for knowledgeable people who speak well and have something to add to the conversation. We love bringing new people onto the show. Contact us if you’re interested in adding your voice to our community. Grease the skids with Skype and a USB headset.

Why don’t you cover service provider topics?

Greg and Ethan are strong in enterprise and data center networks, but not as strong with service provider environments. Besides that, SP has a good deal of community in the form of NANOG, mailing lists, as well as IRC. Even so, we do touch on service provider issues from time to time.

Why do you talk about Cisco products so much?

Cisco products are the products we, as well as the listening audience, have worked with the most. We do our best to represent as many other vendors as we possibly can, but Cisco will continue to be discussed in both positive (and negative) ways that reflect their market position in the networking industry.

Why don’t you talk more about certification exams and test topics?

We do cover certification experiences and strategies now and then, but that’s not really what the podcast is about. Our content focuses on the work that we do everyday. We want to discuss information that isn’t covered anywhere else – in other words, real-life topics and issues.

How much time does it take to produce a show?

Roughly 10 hours. We spend many hours each week scheduling guests, researching topics, and writing the show outlines. A show recording usually takes between 1 and 2 hours. The post-production and publication process takes between 2 and 6 hours.

Why do you have sponsored shows?

We started the podcast because it’s something that we wanted to do…a bit of fun where we could give back to the networking community by talking about issues, topics and technology that interested us. Since that time, the audience has grown. We’ve attracted many extraordinary industry guests. We’ve captured the attention of networking vendors in Silicon Valley. We’ve grown a blogging community. We started a forum. As a result, the show has become more expensive and time-consuming to operate.

One way that we recoup our costs (hosting services, recording software, microphones, time away from our families, travel to industry events, etc.) is through vendor sponsorship and advertising. We follow strict guidelines to avoid conflicts of interest, and disclose anything that could be perceived as such to our audience. Sponsored shows are clearly noted in show titles and announced as sponsored in the show intro and outro.

We’re also choosy about how we do business. Our ability to voice an independent, honest opinion is critically important to us. So, we won’t engage in endorsements or other dubious forms of sponsorship. We are genuinely vendor agnostic, and don’t play favorites. So yes, a vendor will sponsor a show, and we’ll respect them when they do. But we’re not going to knowingly have on vendors with boring topics or garbage products, nor are we going to throw vendors softball questions just because they are paying for the opportunity to share with us.

What is Thropos, Ltd & Packet Pushers Interactive, LLC?

Thropos, Ltd is a limited company, incorporated in the UK: company #05816201, VAT No: 916 8803 01, and owned by Greg Ferro. Thropos is used to conduct Packet Pushers business.

Packet Pushers Interactive, LLC is a limited liability company registered in the state of New Hampshire, USA, and owned by Ethan Banks. PPI is also used to conduct Packet Pushers business.

Ethan Banks
Ethan Banks, CCIE #20655, has been managing networks for higher ed, government, financials and high tech since 1995. Ethan co-hosts the Packet Pushers Podcast, which has seen over 3M downloads and reaches over 10K listeners. With whatever time is left, Ethan writes for fun & profit, studies for certifications, and enjoys science fiction. @ecbanks
Ethan Banks
Ethan Banks