Cisco Indoor and Outdoor at Spruce Meadows

Spruce Meadows is an equestrian facility in Calgary, Alberta which hosts multiple well-known horse jumping events throughout the summer. There’s lots to see there, but of course I had one eye peeled for technology 😉.

I spotted this Cisco 1532I access point at a distance of a few meters. At that distance, I almost mistook it for a speaker because it’s so small! I guess I’m used-to the larger-sized 1552s. The grey color also didn’t help in identifying it.

Cisco 1532I at Spruce Meadows
Cisco 1532I at Spruce Meadows

A label has been placed on the front which says, somewhat humorously: “ANT 2”.

Cisco 1532I at Spruce Meadows
Cisco 1532I at Spruce Meadows
Cisco 1532I at Spruce Meadows
Cisco 1532I at Spruce Meadows

Kudos on the installation though: the AP is facing towards a large area where shops are setup during events and visitors sit and eat.

On the indoor front, I found some 3702I units in the stables.

Cisco 3702I at Spruce Meadows
Cisco 3702I at Spruce Meadows

Not sure why these are so close together or why the one near the exit sign isn’t mounted on the lower part of the ceiling so it has clear sight down the wings of the stable.

Cisco 1552EU at Canada’s National Women’s Open Championship

In August 2016, the Canadian National Women’s Open Championship was held at the Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club in Calgary, Alberta. A friend of mine, Stephen K, went to watch the tournament and took these pictures (👍).

Cisco 1552EU at Canadian National Women's Open Championship, 2016
Cisco 1552EU at Canadian National Women’s Open Championship, 2016

He said there were tripods like this all over the course holding Cisco 1552EU APs. A few things strike me as interesting here:

  1. The combination of a directional panel antenna and a dipole antenna in the same frequency band (in this case, 5Ghz, on the bottom of the AP in this photo). The install guide for the 1552 says you can either run with just dipoles in both bands or with dipoles in one band and a directional antenna in the other band. I’d be really interested to know why they’re running it in this hybrid configuration and what kind of performance they’re getting in the 5Ghz band.
  2. Look closely. There are no cables along the ground leading up to the tripod. Power for this unit must be coming from batteries in the pelican case. Naturally, I’m really curious what kind of run time they get on this setup. I’m also curious what’s in the smaller, black case.
Cisco 1552E at Canadian National Women's Open Championship, 2016
Cisco 1552E at Canadian National Women’s Open Championship, 2016

UBNT at the Wynn Casino Las Vegas

It’s not uncommon to see APs in the casinos in Las Vegas, however this one at the Wynn is a little odd in that it’s a) installed on the casino level in plain site, with no attempt to conceal it or blend it in and b) it’s installed just a few inches above the floor.

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UBNT at the Wynn Casino Las Vegas
UBNT at the Wynn Casino Las Vegas
UBNT at the Wynn Casino Las Vegas

I have no idea what it’s wired into amongst all those plants.

UBNT and Cisco at Fairmont Hotsprings

How horrible would camping be without WiFi?? 😜 There are a few APs scattered around the campground at Fairmont Hotsprings in British Columbia, Canada.

First are some Ubiquity units which I assume are owned by the campground since they are mounted on campground buildings and poles.

UBNT at Fairmont Hotsprings
UBNT at Fairmont Hotsprings
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UBNT at Fairmont Hotsprings
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Box at bottom of pole

Next, Shaw Cable has deployed Cisco 1552C outdoor APs with an integrated cable modem to cover the campground with their Shaw Go WiFi.

Cisco 1552C for Shaw Go Wifi at Fairmont
Cisco 1552C for Shaw Go Wifi at Fairmont

The box with the 3 nubs on the bottom is the AP; the box on the right closest to the pole is a Motorola fiber node. I don’t actually know what the middle box is. Anyone know?

Cisco Industrial Wireless 3702 at YYC

Usually you’d expect to find an industrial, IP67-rated access point such as the Cisco IW3702 in a harsh location such as in a manufacturing plant, on mining equipment, or mounted on a pole somewhere outside.

But this unit is located at Calgary International Airport (YYC) in the “A” wing of the Domestic Terminal Building. Specifically, it’s in the long, ground-level hall where passengers board the small, regional WestJet planes.

Cisco IW3702 at YYC in "A" Hall
Cisco IW3702 at YYC in “A” Hall

These pictures are actually taken from inside the hall; the AP is hanging inside where it’s protected from direct exposure to the elements and the antennas are hanging on the other side of the wall providing WiFi coverage to the apron.

Cisco IW3702 at YYC in "A" Hall
Cisco IW3702 at YYC in “A” Hall