September 2017: Starting up another run of WiFi surveys in hospitals

Starting another run of WiFi surveys in hospitals all over the country. one lined up for September and four more in October. We conduct a comprehensive survey so we can recommend a design that provides the desired coverage, accounts for interference issues, and document the existing network.

We will be using our standard suite of products: Ekahau Enterprise Survey, Metageek Spectrum Analyzer, WiFi Explorer, and the client selected AP, a Cisco 3702. We will be breaking in our new survey cart and AP tower.

August 2017: Added 3 more access points to an existing WiFi system in a school

Long standing client, Lititz Area Mennonite School in Lititz PA asked us to add some more access points to cover some changes in their layout. This brings the system total to 19 access points throughout the school.

 

Hardware is Ubiquiti based. Two Ubiquiti switches (one on each floor), Cloud Key controller, and a mix of older UniFi 802.11n devices and the newer UAP-AC-Pro units (802.11ac). Supporting close to 300 users.

June 2017: Designed and Installed a WiFi System in a Church

Designed and installed a WiFi system in the First & St Stephen’s UCC church in Towson, MD. System was designed to provide support for a major national conference with potentially 200 users.

 

System based on Ubiquiti hardware. Five access points providing solid coverage to this 250 year old church.

Jan 2017: Started oversight on a public safety radio network

Began providing some oversight on the rollout of a Harris P25 public safety radio network. Providing a second set of eyes to review certain elements of the deployment and to ensure the project is on track and the budget is properly accounted for.

Nov 2016: Started Healthcare Facility WiFi Surveys

This month we started surveying healthcare facilities to design a WiFi system capable of supporting a VOIP phone system. Challenging environments as they are full of RF from other WiFi systems.

Oct 2016: Public Transportation System WiFi Surveys

This month we started a series of WiFi surveys for several different public transportation systems in the country. Mostly outdoor facilities without WiFi currently (or minimal coverage). Surveyed and made recommendations for improvements as needed. System needed to support pulling fare card information from bus / train as it passed through a station / depot.

Aug 2016: Process Improvement Consulting

Started a few different efforts for one client to help them decide on the correct way to manage client network documentation, manage their incoming help desk tickets, and manage tasks / projects. Reviewed many different cloud products during this process after we settled on what the internal processes should be.

Sampling of the products we looked at: Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, Sharepoint, Citrix Fileshare, ZenDesk, FreshDesk, HappyFox, Asana, BaseCamp, and Teamwork.

Jul 2016: Started working on a Wireless Internet Service Provider project – bringing Internet to rural PA

Started working on an effort to hopefully bring higher speed wireless broadband service to underserved communities in south central PA. There are many areas in the state with little to no Internet access. This effort requires major changes in regulations to allow small firms like our to compete in areas where the big guys won’t serve (but yet block our efforts).

This is a long term effort. Will take several years to make it happen. Nothing moves fast when it comes to government regulations!

 

Apr 2016: New service: Recruiting

Capitalizing on our past recruiting experience and knowledge of the information technology market, we have started recruiting for select clients. We are focusing on tech candidates: application developers, system administrators, network engineers, project managers, wireless engineers, cell tower crew members, business development / sales types, and mid-level managers.

Jan 2016: Point-to-Point or Multi-Point WiFi solutions

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We recently built and tested a point-to-point WiFi solution that can also be used as a point-to-multi-point solution to support remote offices, campus settings, or the need to project WiFi further than traditionally capable.

  • Range on this solution is up to 9 miles
  • Throughput rated over 450Mbps
  • Hardware costs were under $2000
  • No FCC license required

Greater distances are available, upwards of 120 miles. Of course the obvious challenge there is maintaining a line of sight.