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I spend an awful amount of time studying, or working while sitting at my computer. Whether it's working on a wireless design, or writing a blog, doing research for a client, or some other business related thing, I typically have my headphones on with music. Here are some of my recent favorites.
  1. I used to listen to soundtracks like Star Wars, Raiders, you know, a lot of John Williams stuff. But, I found the themes to strong and pulled my concentration. I've moved to stuff that's less theme oriented, or that has strong hooks, with more open space, and abstract sounds.
  2. Also, a nice hit of Adderall doesn't hurt either! 😃
  3. Noizio App (Mac/iOS)
    I know, I know. Its not a soundtrack and its not musical. But, this is a fantastic app for drowning out outside noise. You can select from a myriad of audioscpes. Thunder & Rain, Ocean, Rain Forest, Desert, Fire, Deep Space - it's a must have.
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Today @KeithRParsons asked, "What's your EDC (EVERY DAY CARRY) as a WLAN professional"? So, I took a pic and this list describes what's in that pic.
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    THE EVERY DAY CARRY
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    Goruck GR0 Rucksack
    I have ALL of Goruck's rucks, but this one is my EDC. Gorcuk can be spendy, but there's nothing better - http://www.goruck.com/gr0-black-/p/GEAR-000065
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    Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro with retina display
    I don't know why anyone would use anything else. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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    Andrei Rublev (1966)
    Russian film considered one of the greatest of all time. Andrei Rublev details the life of the iconic 15th-century painter in a time of moral upheaval and testing times that ultimately led to Tsardom in Russia.
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    Persona (1966)
    Ingmar Bergman was the leading auteur in cinema, which actually meant that what the Swede said, the Swede often saw. But perhaps his greatest vision to be realised on the big screen was that of Persona, his 1966 showpiece in modernist horror which would go on to influence a plethora of contemporary directors, including Woody Allen and DavId Fincher
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    Raging Bull (1980)
    Considered Martin Scorsese's masterpiece, his 1980 biopic of the former middleweight boxing champion, Jake LaMotta, garnered reviews of the highest orders and in doing so cemented Mardy's status as a true icon in cinematic direction.
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There are so many good videos out there it's really hard to pick. But, here are some that have made an impact on how I think about and design WLANs.
  1. 802.11ac & WiFi Radio Fundamentals
    Eric Johnson from Aruba explains changes with 11ac, and how beam forming works —- https://vimeo.com/118982231
  2. Antenna Fundamentals 1: Propagation
    FANTASTIC videos for understanding antennas and how they work. These videos prove that just because something is old doesn't mean it has no value. —- https://youtu.be/7bDyA5t1ldU
  3. Antenna Fundamentals 2: Directivity
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These are books that I found helpful in my journey to becoming and continuing in being a wireless network engineer. I also have them in the order I think would be most helpful and productive. Notice they're all vendor agnostic.
  1. CWNA: Certified Wireless Network Administrator Official Study Guide
  2. CWAP Certified Wireless Analysis Professional Official Study Guide
  3. 802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide by Matthew S. Gast
    Goes into the nuts-n-bolts of how WiFi works. —- This goes into to detail on how it all works. Pivotal book. https://www.amazon.com/802-11-Wireless-Networks-Definitive-Guide-ebook/dp/B005WZ0SXW?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0
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Pretty self-explanatory, really. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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    5GHz Frequency Allocations
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    802.11 Arbitration
    from @CWNP —- if you fancy yourself a WLAN pro and don't understand this I feel bad fo ya, Son. You got more than 99 problems and this the biggest one. —- https://www.cwnp.com/uploads/802-11_arbitration.pdf
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    802.11 Cheat Sheet
    By @PacketLife —- You should check out the rest of his cheat sheets. They're awesome! —- http://packetlife.net/media/library/4/IEEE_802.11_WLAN.pdf
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"What's so hard about NOT running wires?" - Dilbert. There may be reasons any one of these may be a valid solution, but if you didn't put any thought into DESIGN, it's probably NOT. Not an exhaustive list, and I'll probably add more. http://Bad-Fi.com
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    All your APs are on the same channel.
    If you don't know what MCA/SCA is don't do this.
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    All your APs are blasting at full power.
    You need to understand you're environment. CHANNEL REUSE is paramount. It's better when most APs DON'T hear each other. Also, clients too far away for the AP to hear ain't great either.
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    Your captive portal sucks... because you have a captive portal. 😃
    The ARE reasons, it's just that most of them are bad.
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There are SO MANY albums, but I limited the list to records that I specifically remember making an impact on me, changed my thinking, introduced me to something new, challenged me... I tried to place them in order of when I discovered them, but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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    The Monkees
    Have no idea what album. I just loved them to this day. Last Train to Clarksville is still my favorite.
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    Some Elvis compilation from the 70s that my mom had. (Elvis)
    I knew the words to every song. Elvis is King. Jailhouse Rock. Bluesuade Shoes. For some reason I still truly love (Let me be Your) Teddy Bear. Go figure.
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    Ghost in the Machine (The Police)
    First time I noticed the drums. Wow, Copeland's amazing.
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An alphabetical list of tools I use on a regular basis for troubleshooting, surveying, & designing wireless networks. The ones with a ★ I use almost everyday. For an even BIGGER (though NOT exhaustive) list see- http://badfi.com/toolroll/
  1. AirMagnet Wi-Fi Analayzer for Windows
  2. AirTool for Mac
    system menu bar application that provides basic functions to check the state and channel configuration of the built-in Wi-Fi adapter, as well as to perform frame captures on single and multiple channels... http://www.adriangranados.com/apps/airtool
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