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And It Goes On And On

This transition has been a bit overwhelming. Although I can handle change and challenges, this takes me out of my comfort zone a whole lot. The amount of technical terms and configuration that we do is truly never ending.

This past week was Applications Engineer Training at Corporate. The other times I participated in the training sessions were for Marketing purposes only. This time around, I had to pay close attention and try to grasp every concept. Trying to do this without an IT background is most difficult, but it is possible.

I’m enjoying every bit of it and I’m trying to sink into this new role, but there is a lot of learning that is involved. I only hope that my progression continues and that I’m capable of fully carrying on my new tasks in the company.

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First Installation For Xirrus Completed

Today is my first day back to corporate from a 3 day installation. This was the very first installation I’ve taken part of and I can only say it was an experience. It definitely gave me more insight on the life of an Applications Engineer, well more of a Field Applications Engineer.

We installed about 58 Arrays in an 8-9 school building school district. We completed the job in the span of 2 days. The first day was spent waiting on the shipment from corporate, but that didn’t come till late that evening. The two days after that were just vigirous and constant installations.

My hat goes of to the Applications Engineers at Xirrus. I had no idea how labor intensive the job may get and how much travelling is involved. I was breaking a sweat a majority of the time and I was a super newb. From drilling holes for mounting brackets to clipping on T-Bar Clips to the ceiling, this was all new to me. Fortunately the schools werent high enough that we would need the huge ladders, I’m deathly afraid of heights (but I’ll still get the job done).

Thank you to my fellow coworkers: Sam, Micah, Bobby, and Douglas, for being so patient with me and training me.

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A Lot Of Studying And Training

As I stated from last time, I’m currently in transition into a new role over at Xirrus. This is definitely a real challenge.

My first goal was to actually get my CWNA before July 4th, but I need to be more realistic. Although I finished the book over the weekend, there is a WHOLE lot of material that I need to master and know, so I’ll have to continuously review and study for the next few weeks. I will take my test once I feel comfortable.

Learning more about the product and being able to troubleshoot some things here and there has been fun. It makes the day go by a lot faster and I am learning a whole lot more.

This whole transition is tiring me out, but I hope to be a master at all this very soon!

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Update

First, my apologies for the lack of updates. I’m transitioning into a new role into the company so I’ve been trying my best to get comfortable with this new position.

Let me explain what is going on in my end.

I am transitioning from marketing communications to support. The support side is more of a technical support where I would have to get certifications and learn more about the product. I’m currently studying for my CWNA and this is pretty tough, but I do like the challenge. Throwing someone who isn’t exactly the most tech savy person into a technical based job is a supreme challenge, but it excites me. I’m working hard towards my CWNA and trying me best to set a record of how long it will take me to attain my certification.

This transition will possibly allow me to become an Applications Engineer, as long as I perform well. It may even allow me to get back into marketing, but more on the product marketing aspect.

Second, my blog will go in a new direction. Since I’m transitioning into something new, I thought it would be more suiting if I blog about my journey into this new transition, along with the things I’m currently blogging as of now.

So bare with me people! Thanks for understanding.

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UK SCHOOL FINDS XIRRUS ONLY DEPENDABLE 802.11N OPTION

The Holy Trinity Church of England Secondary School Increases Network Reliability for Students by Upgrading to 802.11abg+n Xirrus Wi-Fi Arrays

Xirrus, Inc., the Wi-Fi “Power-Play” that delivers the most wireless coverage, bandwidth, and throughput in the industry announced today the deployment of their high performance 802.11abg+n Wi-Fi Arrays across the Holy Trinity School campus in Crawley, West Sussex, United Kingdom. The Holy Trinity School, a certified math and science specialist college, chose to replace their traditional access point network with Xirrus Wi-Fi Arrays in order to gain more bandwidth and reliability for their growing student population and eminent one-to-one initiative.

“From the time our school was established in 1969 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, we have endeavored to provide each student with an exceptional education through implementation of advanced facilities and technologies,” said Justin Wheelhouse, Systems Manager at Holy Trinity. “We tasked Xirrus to cover our 25 acre campus with Wi-Fi connectivity to run hundreds of devices over the site as we implement our one-to-one initiative. Xirrus was able to cover all five buildings on campus with fewer devices and installation time while providing more coverage and bandwidth than any other offer we considered. While the solution was being deployed we saw instant benefits; before we had even completed the rollout we were already receiving comments from staff about the reach and reliability of the new network. One teacher gushed ‘The new wireless service is AMAZING!!!!!!’ while another said we ‘could not have made one teacher any happier.’”

Justin continued, “Xirrus provided us with a free site survey and a coverage guarantee which gave us the ability to know the total cost of our wireless deployment before making a decision. Combined with the reliability of the Arrays and after sales service, this allowed us to know exactly what we were getting for our money. In addition, the Array architecture and de-centralized connectivity creates a reliable wireless network that does not have to tunnel all the way back to the server room, effectively reducing network traffic and cable runs. Further exceeding our expectations, the Xirrus network offers the ability to upgrade or introduce new technologies such as VoWiFi at any time. This is an extremely important factor to consider in the continually changing educational field and we are very happy to know that we can rely on our new network through all of our future developments.”

“The administration and IT staff at Holy Trinity know how important it is to implement satisfactory Wi-Fi in their classrooms in order to properly integrate technology into the teaching process,” said Simon Hollister, Regional Manager at Xirrus. “By upgrading their network, they will be able to focus their time and energy on the educational environment without draining important resources on traditional worries such as the number of users that can be on the network at once or which areas on campus are covered.”

Xirrus Press Contact
John Merrill
E-mail: john.merrill@xirrus.com
Phone: +1.805.262.1644

 

About Xirrus
Xirrus, the only Wi-Fi “Power-Play”, manufacturers the Wi-Fi Array® architecture that displaces both overlay Wi-Fi offerings and switched Ethernet to the desktop. The Wi-Fi Array integrates 4, 8, 12, 16, or 24 802.11abg+n radios coupled to a high-gain directional antenna system into a single device along with an onboard multi-gigabit switch, Wi-Fi controller, firewall, dedicated Wi-Fi threat sensor, and an embedded spectrum analyzer. The Wi-Fi Array provides more than enough bandwidth, security, and control to replace switched Ethernet to the desktop as the primary network connection. The Xirrus Wi-Fi Array delivers the most coverage, bandwidth, throughput, and user density on a per device and per system basis than anything else available on the market today – resulting in a solution that uses 75% fewer devices, cabling, switch ports, power, space, and installation time compared with any other offering.

Xirrus is a privately-held company headquartered in Thousand Oaks, California. For more information, please visit www.xirrus.com.

Xirrus – Switching: Without Wires™

Xirrus – High Performance Wi-Fi™

Xirrus – The Air is the Network™

Xirrus – Wi-Fi Array®

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No Shows Going On This Week

Again folks, we will not be participating in any tradeshows or seminars this week. Nor do I think any tradeshows are happening right now.

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First Official Site Survey

So yesterday was my first official site survey that I partook in. Let me just tell you that I have a newfound appreciation for the Applications Engineers, Technologists, and Priniciple Technologists of Xirrus.

My day started off early where I had to wake up 6 in the morning and be on the road by 6:30 to avoid the horrendous LA traffic. I got to my destination around 8-8:30. I met up with my coworker and our day of site surveying began.

I normally don’t do site surveys, but this time was different. Most of our employees that do the usual site surveys were out of town on a major project. Applications Engineer Sam Keys was left by himself to lug around an Array, Tripod, carrying case, backpack, carrying backpack, and a notebook. Therefore I was asked to give him a helping hand carrying the Array and Tripod around. After carrying the Array and Tripod around for a few hours, with breaks in between, it felt like a pile of bricks resting on my shoulders and pushing me down.

In the span of 8 hours, we successfully surveyed about 5 buildings. Each building had multiple stories, so we had to survey every level of the building, sometimes even twice to check the bleed through.

The two representatives of the IT dept. were kind enough to walk us around during out site survey and unlock any doors for us. Sam literally surveyed every corner, every room, every level of each building we had to go into.

Being a part of the marketing dept. over at Xirrus, I’m never really exposed to this kind of work. I am glad that I was able to take part in yesterday’s site survey because I really do have a bigger appreciation for what AE’s and PT’s do for the company. Not only do they have to know a whole lot about Xirrus and Wi-Fi, they have to be fit and in good to great shape because this is labor intensive as well, if done alone.

You also have to deal with the strangers when they ask, “what is that? A flying saucer!?” Really, as if I have never heard of that one before. But we still acknowledge the question with an answer, and they random person is astound with what we are going to do, or they could just be acting like they’re interested in what we’re talking about.

Overall, it was definitely a great learning experience. I even took some technology lessons from Sam yesterday as he was site surveying.

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