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).

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.