Show 39 – Unplugged on Tech Field Day Wireless

The rise in mobile devices such as iPads, HP tablets and more means that Wireless Networking is becoming part of the mainstream for network engineers. You can’t ignore it anymore. When we got an invitation to the very first ever Wireless Tech Field Day in San Jose on March 17 & 18 , then we all packet our bags and headed out.

Greg got to meet Tom for the first time, and bunch of other wireless nerds (Full List and talk networking. To wrap it up we recorded this show where we gove the Packet Pushers critical eye on the products and the presentations, talk about what we loved and hated, some of the interesting parts of the show.

  • comparing the Spectrum Analysis tools from Air Magnet, Metageek (WiSpy) and discussing which one is best suited to different markets.
  • A look at wireless controller networking and the fact that wireless manufacturers are moving towards distributed solutions and that companies like Aerohive are part of that move.
  • Some info the HP and Cisco wireless networking products including discussion 3×3 wireless stadanrd

You can find the Metageek training videos on their WiSpy products on Youtube by metageektrent.

You can Jennifer Huber’s Comparison video of MetaGeek and Air Magnet .

Greg’s post at on Controller based networks and might be worth contrasting with the move away from controller based networks in wireless AeroHive, HP, ‘Big Boner’ AP’s and Wireless LAN Controllers


Jennifer Huber is @jenniferlucille and her blog

Chris Lyttle | Twitter: @wifikiwi

Tom Hollingsworth | Twitter: @NetworkingNerd

Presenting Sponsors

Here are the presenting companies from the Wireless Tech Field Day:

Aerohive @Aerohive
AirMagnet @AirMagnet_Inc
Fluke Networks @FlukeNetworks
HP @HP_Networking
MetaGeek @MetaGeek
Cisco Wireless



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Greg Ferro
Greg Ferro is a Network Engineer/Architect, mostly focussed on Data Centre, Security Infrastructure, and recently Virtualization. He has over 20 years in IT, in wide range of employers working as a freelance consultant including Finance, Service Providers and Online Companies. He is CCIE#6920 and has a few ideas about the world, but not enough to really count. He is a host on the Packet Pushers Podcast, blogger at and on Twitter @etherealmind and Google Plus.
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  • Alexei Monastyrnyi

    Good stuff, thanks guys for sharing. For the future episides, could you cover some long-range aspects of Wi-Fi? I am mostly interestard in low-end suitable for SOHO but hearing about upscaling to high-end deployments would be interesting too.

  • Dan

    Great podcast. Since I know that I know nothing about RF, technical wireless podcast are very helpful.

  • Ben Johnson

    Great show and, spookily as usual, right about when I needed to hear it. This podcast series is an excellent resource!

  • Harel Zahavi

    Good show as always! 
    I wanted to explain why I think that centralized controllers will not go away for a very long time is that wireless is a layer 2 network. I know that Aerohive has a great idea but it is not practical to create 200 trunks to 200 APs in a fully redundant routed network. And even if you did the layer 3 roaming is now tunneled between all your APs and makes troubleshooting very hard especially crossing firewalls. The controller makes all this much more simple and most enterprises when they understand this are happy to pay the premium as it would save on the man hours later.Something to keep in mind about the Cisco CleanAir. It has it purposes as opposed to the portable spectrum analyzer. The spectrum at the AP is much different than at the client. Both locations need to have their spectrum looked at as a separate entity when troubleshooting.Lastly we need to be careful when we discuss that all these companies now have spectrum analyzers built in to their APs. Not all of them have real spectrum analysis before the modulation filter. Most are post filter which means that the analysis is more in software as opposed to hardware. This is a big thing when trying to identify issues as the software does not actually see the true spectrum.

  • Mikeskipworth

    Thank You This was very helpfull

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