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December 24 2017 / / Outdoor
It’s really snowy in parts of British Columbia, Canada right now. The trees are covered in a brilliant blanket of white snow. And so are the Cisco industrial WiFi routers that dot this part of the province :-) This particular router is one that I drive past a few times a year in different seasons. Right now it’s -20C (-4F) and there’s snow everywhere. (That big pole on the back side of the router is just a mounting pole, not an antenna)
August 1 2017 / / Indoor / Outdoor
Man, LAX is pretty gnarly. Between taking photos of planes and APs, it's amazing I didn't miss a flight. First off, pretty obvious–at least in Terminal 2– that they're an all-Cisco shop. No shortage of 3702i APs anywhere. Curiously, they also had a healthy amount of 3802e APs (“e” denotes a model with external antennas). I’d love to know why they mixed models like this. They even had the two models fairly well intermixed; a specific model was not just in a specific area.
July 25 2017 / / Outdoor
Charleston had Wi-Fi all over the place (at least down town, in the market/tourist-y district). They appeared to be using Meraki MR74 or MR84 APs for their city/open Wi-Fi. Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC The city’s Wi-Fi network was open for anyone to use (I think? I don’t recall if there was a captive portal).
July 17 2017 / / Outdoor
Jekyll Island sits on the US east coast in the state of Georgia and has a few beaches that face the Pacific Ocean. On one such beach the hotel/resort had installed Wi-Fi. Update Jan 5 2018: Oops. One of my travel mates pointed out that this was actually at a resort in Panama City Beach, Florida. I got my locations mixed up. I don’t recognize the equipment, but a good use of outdoor APs given the exposure to sand and water.
July 6 2017 / / Outdoor
More spotting at airports! This time Ottawa’s Macdonald-Cartier International. Cisco 1552 outdoor APs are providing WiFi coverage on the apron. Ottawa International (YOW) Ottawa International (YOW) Ottawa International (YOW)
May 1 2017 / / Indoor / Outdoor
Ok, more sightings at an airport! Similar to Calgary International (YYC) , San Diego International (SAN) has APs mounted right outside the terminal along the arrivals/departures road. SAN is using Cisco 1552s. SAN Taxi Line AP I’m sure the metal-wrapped cement column does wonders for the signal in the Taxi line. Also not sure why these APs are carrying the SSID for the conference room? SAN SSIDs
April 24 2017 / / Outdoor
Calgary International Airport (YYC) has completely transformed their Wi-Fi service is the last couple of years. They switched from their prior vendor to a 100% Cisco solution all while greatly increasing the quality of the network and expanding the network’s footprint so they can provide high quality connectivity in areas of the airport they couldn’t before. First off, when you get dropped off at the airport, as soon as you step out of the car you’re within the Wi-Fi coverage area.
April 20 2017 / / Outdoor
I found this post sitting in my drafts folder. I started writing it in Dec of 2016 and guess I forgot to finish it! After many weeks of talking about it, we finally flew out to Vancouver to visit a bunch of friends we have in the area. I saw these Cisco 1552 APs along the water front as we were wandering around downtown. Vancouver City Downtown Unfortunately, I didn’t have any proper tools with me to scan for SSIDs so I’m not sure what networks are operating in this area.
September 20 2016 / / Indoor / Outdoor
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.
September 19 2016 / / Outdoor
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 He said there were tripods like this all over the course holding Cisco 1552EU APs. A few things strike me as interesting here:
September 13 2016 / / Outdoor
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 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.
September 12 2016 / / Indoor / Outdoor
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
August 29 2016 / / Outdoor
The Golden Spike Casino in Las Vegas has a cool outdoor area with lots of games. They’re covering the area with Wi-Fi via Meraki MR66s. Meraki MR66s at Golden Spike Casino, Las Vegas Meraki MR66 at Golden Spike Casino, Las Vegas What’s interesting is the way they’ve mounted these APs on the pole. There’s three of them mounted around the pole in a way that appears they want to use them almost like sector antennas.
August 26 2016 / / Outdoor
Is dust transparent to RF? 😜 This AP is hanging in the Four Queens Casino on Freemont Street in Las Vegas. It’s obviously been there for a while because you can literally see the dust hanging off the antennas and power cord. An AP4131 from Symbol at Four Queens Casino, Las Vegas An AP4131 from Symbol at Four Queens Casino, Las Vegas The best part is what you can’t see though: this thing is 802.
July 22 2016 / / Outdoor
Back in June, I was in the RTP area for work and took the opportunity to do some site seeing over the weekend. It’s funny, I’ve become totally spoiled at home with the ubiquity of service provider Wi-Fi that when I travel in the US, I’m usually reminded that this type of access is not as ubiquitous everywhere. In the regular places I visit in San Jose, CA and in RTP, I’ve yet to see the physical signs of SP Wi-Fi.
July 18 2016 / / Outdoor
I suppose you can’t call it “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” if there’s no Wi-Fi, right? Cisco 1552 outdoor APs are attached to the underside of the overhang at the grand stands: Cisco 1552 at Calgary Stampede The scale of this picture is hard to grasp. It appears the ceiling is rather close to the camera but just look at the size of the AP; the ceiling is actually dozens of feet away.
June 7 2016 / / Outdoor
Ryan (@homeychan99) sent me a pic of what looks like a Cisco 1552 with a panel antenna at the Calgary Zoo. CIsco 1552 (I think?) at Calgary Zoo
April 23 2016 / / Indoor / Outdoor
Lots of Cisco APs scattered around Seattle Tacoma International Airport. I did not explore the other wings, but along the “A” gates there are 1552s spread around some of the jet bridges. It’s times like this I wish Apple iOS would accommodate WiFi scanning apps so I could see what networks are present in locations like this. I suspect handheld bag scanners used by the ground crew and possibly content downloads to the aircraft (in-flight movies and music).
April 5 2016 / / Outdoor
Shaw is installing Cisco 1552 outdoor APs at some of the Calgary Transit stations to increase their WiFi hotspot footprint. The latest I’ve noticed is at the Center Street station. Three APs total at this station so there should be no excuses for a bad signal. 😜
March 30 2016 / / Indoor / Outdoor
Courtesy of the folks at NOBLE WiFi, here are some pics of their Ubiquity installation at the Cliff Hotel and Spa in Negril. Ubiquity at Cliff Hotel and Spa in Negril, JA Ubiquity at Cliff Hotel and Spa in Negril, JA Ubiquity at Cliff Hotel and Spa in Negril, JA NOBLE provides WiFi to the hotel’s guests, both inside the hotel (common spaces and rooms) and the outside area (like the pool, as shown above).
March 26 2016 / / Outdoor
Shaw Cable runs a massive Wi-Fi network in Canada that provides hotspot service in every (?) market that Shaw has a presence. Cranbrook, BC is one of those markets and I could not believe how many APs Shaw has hanging on poles there. All up and down the main street you can see the Cisco 1552s hanging on the messenger wire between poles. Cisco 1552 broadcasting Shaw hotspot This AP is hanging on the edge of the Safeway parking lot.
March 19 2016 / / Outdoor
When I was in Banff recently, I saw this AP at a construction site. The odd thing is I don’t recognize it and can’t find it on meraki.com. Any ideas?
March 16 2016 / / Outdoor
Cisco TACOPS has the NERV but also has some light duty vehicles that can supplement the NERV or be dispatched on their own. I took these photos of the vehicles parked on the Cisco campus in RTP, NC. Here’s a 1552E outdoor AP on the SUV. Cisco TACOPS SUV 1552E on TACOPS SUV In addition to the SUV, there’s a communications trailer which mimics the capabilities of the NERV, including the mast with the 1552E on it.
March 15 2016 / / Outdoor
NERV is the Network Emergency Response Vehicle and is an asset used by Cisco’s Tactical Operations (TACOPS) team when they respond to emergencies. The Network Emergency Response Vehicle The vehicle based in California (there are two in the US, one in San Jose, CA and one in Raleigh, NC) toured through western Canada in 2015. Among its extensive communications capabilities is, of course, Wi-Fi. 1552E and PTZ camera on the mast