Peek-a-boo, I See You

This Cisco 3702i was spotted peeking out from behind the curtain in a conference room at a hotel.

Peek-a-boo

What’s odd to me is that the whole conference level was already blanketed in WiFi. Why the lone AP casually left on the floor? Also, does anyone else immediately wonder what they would get access to if they plugged their own equipment into a public network port like this?

I didn’t notice the label on the AP until zooming in on the photo (the original, multi-megapixel photo).

MacTAVISH!!!

MacTAVISH. The name of the AP? A nod to a decently famous pro hockey player? A reference to living dangerously? (I’ll leave the last one as an exercise to the reader).

LAX

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. I saw a few of the 3802e units with the LED lit green (meaning no stations were associated) which made me wonder if they were dedicated monitor APs, but then there were units like the one above with their LED lit blue (indicating at least one station associated).

As for the external antennas, at least the one above is nice and symmetrical. If not ideal from an RF perspective, at least it's purrrrdy. Then I saw this guy.

I can imagine the conversation that lead to this installation:

👨Which way do we orient the antennas?
👷…‍
👨Do they go horizontal? Vertical? In between?
👷Hold my coffee

On the outdoor front, LAX had what appeared to be Cisco 1572 APs mounted on all the jet bridges (again, I was only in Terminal 2).

Lots to see at LAX!

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.

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.

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

Dusty AP at Four Queens Casino

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
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 802.11b only. Which means it tops at 11Mbps. And uses 2.4Ghz exclusively. I suppose they’re not counting on a lot of Wi-Fi users 🙄

Looks like this AP is an AP4131 made by a company called Symbol (now part of Morotola? So now part of Google??).

Cisco Live 2016

The folks that organize and run the network at Cisco Live do an awesome job of making sure there’s Wi-Fi throughout the entire conference location. They also do not skimp out on the number of APs they deploy.

It only happened one time where I was in a room that didn’t have an AP (but there was an AP right outside the door). Every other room had at least one AP. In the larger rooms, there were multiple APs.

Cisco Live US 2016 In-room APs
Cisco Live US 2016 In-room APs

I believe this room had 10 APs: 5 along each wall (of which 4 are in the picture and 1 is behind me). The APs are not placed haphazardly either. They are carefully placed and the antennas are carefully angled as appropriate as well (notice how the antenna at the front of the room is angled downwards more than the others).

Even outside the breakout rooms, the hallways are lined with APs. Again, everything carefully positioned and aimed.

Cisco Live US 2016 APs in Hallways
Cisco Live US 2016 APs in Hallways

I asked Jason Davis (@SNMPguy) who works the Cisco Live NOC how many APs they had deployed at the conference:

snmpguy_num_of_aps_at_clus16That’s slightly more APs than my largest customer has in their whole environment! 😲

Cisco Stadium Vision at T-Mobile Arena Las Vegas

Cisco Live US 2016 was held in Las Vegas this year which meant the Customer Appreciation Event was held in the brand new T-Mobile Arena. This arena has Cisco Stadium Vision which basically means it’s tricked out with Cisco-powered digital signs and TVs and of course… pervasive Wi-Fi.

At first I couldn’t spot any of the APs or antennas! But then I realized they were carefully installed so as to blend into building.

First up is what I’m assuming is a 3702e with some sort of panel antenna. I’m horrible at identifying antennas so that’s as close as I can get to an ID. This was way up in the rafters and I only saw it after going all the way up to the lounge on the 5th level.

Cisco 3702e + panel antenna at T-Mobile Arena
Cisco 3702e + panel antenna at T-Mobile Arena
When I was down on the mezzanine level, I again couldn’t easily spot any APs but then I noticed that these boxes — which looked kind of like speakers in the dim lighting — had little LEDs on inside them; some boxes had a blue LED, some  a green. I realized those are the lights on the APs and the front of the “speaker” was actually another panel antenna.

AP + antenna housing at T-Mobile Arena
AP + antenna housing at T-Mobile Arena
Cool stuff in a very modern stadium!