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E01 – How to Become an RF Whisperer

Welcome to episode 1 of the NSA Show Podcast! In this episode we take a look at some of the software tools used by some of the top Wireless engineers on a day to day basis. We start off by looking at Ekahau Site Survey and AirMagnet Survey Pro. Each of these applications have their pros and cons as we explain their differences and how they work. Next we roll into RF analysis tools such as Cisco Spectrum Expert, Metageek Chanalyzer, and finally AirMagnet SpectrumXT. Listen as the discussion goes from what’s the best software tool to use to a hot topic out there today: where is Cisco’s USB adapter to keep up with the ever changing form factors of laptops? Finally we end the show with a brief discussion regarding packet capture tools like Wireshark, WildPackets, and AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer.

We hope you enjoy this first episode, we had a lot of fun recording it and are looking forward to your feedback for future episodes!

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Blake Krone

Blake Krone

Cisco CCIE #31229 (Wireless) and AeroScout certified engineer, all around tech junkie, code poet. Connecting people with cans and strings.

11 Comments

  1. Natalie Bellchambers
    January 5, 2012 at 6:06 am — Reply

    A great podcast! If possible, in the next episode I would love to hear opinions about other site survey tools, namely TamoGraph and Visiwave, and other packet capture toos, like CommView for WiFi.

  2. Bruce Johnson
    January 5, 2012 at 8:37 am — Reply

    Excellent podcast. The dialog approach works great with such a talented and experienced panel. Having multiple perspectives on the topics is fantastic. More topics: survey methodology and setup, calibrating for multiple devices, interpreting survey results, troubleshooting stories. Thanks for providing a great service to the WiFi community, both inidividually and collaboratively.

  3. Luis Teixeira
    January 7, 2012 at 8:04 am — Reply

    I’m glad this one didn’t finish at 52 minutes =D

    I’ve been waiting for this show for a long time, please keep up with the awesomeness!

  4. January 8, 2012 at 7:14 pm — Reply

    Thanks Natalie! We would love to cover more tools, and will definitely try to do so if we have an opportunity to find someone that has direct experience with them or the vendor to possibly sponsor a show.

    Bruce, thanks for the ideas! Keep ‘em coming.

    Luis, we felt the need for a Wi-Fi podcast too! Thanks for your support!

    Cheers,
    Andrew

  5. Stefan
    January 9, 2012 at 6:25 am — Reply

    Very cool podcast. Looking forward to hear more of that specialist discussions.
    I got the following additional suggestions for future podcasts:
    – Troubleshooting (Tools, step-by-step procedure,…)
    – WLAN with or without controller (benefits of the different technics, manufactures,…)
    – overview of the dfferent manufactures and their technical implementations
    – keeping updated – where to get the news, what events to visit,…
    – certifications (manufacture depended, non manufacture depended – benefits)
    – future of Wifi (802.11ac, 60GHz, duplex Wifi, …)

    Cheers
    Stefan
    Hamburg, Germany

    • January 9, 2012 at 4:13 pm — Reply

      Reading our minds are you? A lot of your ideas for future shows are in the works!

  6. January 9, 2012 at 10:04 am — Reply

    Awesome real-world advice by real pros. Thanks for spending part of you weekends to create these podcasts. We all benefit from your efforts!
    Very cool

    Vic Nunes
    Cisco

    • January 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm — Reply

      Thanks Vic! We are glad that you (and everyone else) enjoyed the first show and will enjoy the many more to come!

  7. January 11, 2012 at 9:38 am — Reply

    WoW !! Thanks so much for all your efforts in providing this podcast. It is great to see (hear) the experience of the panel sharing their views with the wireless community. Looking forward to the future podcasts and the “Experts” viewpoints.

    Terry

  8. Stewart Goumans
    January 19, 2012 at 12:47 am — Reply

    Great meeting you all this week. Awesome website. Keep up the good work and I hope to contribute at some point. Looking forward to the next podcast

    Stew
    @SmallVilleStew

    • January 19, 2012 at 2:19 am — Reply

      It was great meeting you as well Stew! Let us know what topics you think might be great for the blog/podcast that you would like to contribute to!

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