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October 29 2018 / / Indoor
This Cisco 3702i was spotted peeking out from behind the curtain in a conference room at a hotel. Peekaboo 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?
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)
November 24 2017 / / Indoor
Thanks to Colin for this one :) At a hockey arena in Edmonton, they installed a Cisco AP over the ice, presumably to try and maximize coverage across the whole arena. That makes sense… until you think about the age range of the players. If you look closely, you can see black smudges on the AP where kids where shooting hockey pucks up at the AP. And it looks like even with the cover over it, the kids are still keen to try and knock it down.
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 10 2017 / / Indoor
Yes, even in a crowded club with music, food, drinks, and entertainment, I still keep a watchful eye open for them weefees. This Cisco 3802i AP is mounted on the (low) ceiling as you enter the main room of the Hakkasan Nightclub at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Hakkasan at CLUS 2017
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 5 2017 / / Indoor
Ok, last of the airport posts for this week. This time, Vancouver International (YVR). Similar to SAN , YVR has Cisco APs providing Wi-Fi coverage in the rental car garage. YVR Rental Car Garage Unlike SAN, YVR went with the ruggedized Cisco 1532i AP which can operate in below-freezing temperatures. What I like most about YVR’s network is their extensive use of the Cisco Hyperlocation Antenna. The 32-element antenna array wraps around the AP and plugs in on the bottom of the AP into the module slot.
May 3 2017 / / Indoor
Continuing on with this mini series on Wi-Fi at airports, here’s a couple of shots from O’Hare (ORD). ORD seems to be in the middle of either an evaluation/bake-off or a transition between vendors because I saw a healthy amount of Aruba and Cisco in the terminal (I don’t remember which terminal this was in). Aruba at ORD This looks like an Aruba AP-228 which, if I’ve identified this correctly, does make some sense because I spotted this unit in the jet bridge getting onto the plane and if you’ve ever walked on/off a plane somewhere in Canada in the dead of winter, you KNOW those things do not have very good temperature control.
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 21 2017 / / Indoor
I was recently in Edmonton for work and made a point of going with a colleague (hi SK!) to the brand new Rogers Place stadium to catch an NHL game. This stadium is fully teched out with digital signage, a high capacity, robust IP backbone, and of course, serious Wi-Fi coverage. The stadium offers free Wi-Fi to event attendees and also uses the network for their own services and applications.
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
July 20 2016 / / Indoor
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.
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.
July 18 2016 / / Indoor
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.
June 13 2016 / / Indoor
I went to Duke University! As a visitor 😁 And naturally I kept an eye out for wireless gear. One obvious place I found some: at one of the libraries. At one of Duke University's libraries At one of Duke University's libraries Looks like they’re a Cisco shop on campus. An unexpected place I saw WiFi was at the Duke Chapel. Duke Chapel
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
May 23 2016 / / Indoor
The Target department store in Kalispell, MT has a unique flush mount being used in their hanging ceiling. Guessing those are Cisco 1700 or 2700 series APs? I need to get better at identifying these.
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 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 / / Indoor
I was in a concert hall yesterday and spied two APs in the ceiling, practically on top of each other. On the left is an Aruba AP from TELUS (their TELUS Direct WiFi) and on the right is a Cisco AP from Shaw (their ShawOpen WiFi). Anyone want to bet they totally worked together to avoid co-channel interference? 🙄
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