I’m sure we’ve all felt pretty confident after the first few months getting to know a skill. But what you do after the first months, year and beyond is still crucial to mastering the skill, especially in the world of wireless with the myriad of variables, facts and figures. Below, I’ve got three things that most people get wrong after a little experience with wireless, and I show what you really need to know to get it right.
- Wireless Isn’t Just A Science, It’s an Art. Starting with the right survey, choosing the best routers and access points, and designing a wireless setup are not just numbers, but really the result of trial and error that give you a sensibility. In so, you need to take risks and really view each situation like a canvas. I go through getting the feel in my lessons on Site Survey, but it is something that let you go beyond rigidly remembering facts as you work, but really being present as you create the best wireless projects.
- Troubleshooting Isn’t just Problem Solving, It’s Reverse Engineering. Looking at why wireless setups aren’t functioning or doing their best can be really a hassle when you are just looking at the symptoms. Truly being effective require working backwards by stepping out of the problems and seeing bigger pictures. This happened for me once in a site where the wireless would cut out around lunchtime. By breaking down the problem to what connecting things are occurring, I narrowed down the microwave proximity to the wireless setup as the cause. Just trying to replace equipment or add more because of a failure without looking at the circumstances or larger environment is the reason many problems persist or get worst. Reverse engineer your problem and be the star problem solver.
- Learning Is Always Power. Though there are always new techniques to find out and know-how picked up on the job, learning must continue for you to understand and pass on your knowledge to teammates and clients. I know I kept good sources like manuals and contacts when I started, but nowadays, there are so many sources that it’s hard to keep track of what’s fact or fiction. Keep it simple and go with what you know. I would recommend outside of WiFi Wizard, to follow the major manufacturers like Ekahau, AirMagnet, Cisco and the like for industry and equipment information, but also I recommend following IT leaders like my friend and best selling author Charles Henson, Scott Beck and David Rudduck, to name a few of the leaders in this industry. I make sure to stay ahead of the pack, and I know anyone who wants to have command of wireless to keep on learning.
Thanks for listening, as you keep learning, note that these concepts will help you veer from the popular misconceptions of wireless, and keep you on track in the best path in the wireless world!
The WiFi Wizard