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A colleague of mine, @smoore_bits, was on a trip to the Hoover Dam and spotted something odd on the tour inside the dam: an antenna! Neither of us is sure if it’s Wi-Fi or something else, but regardless, looks like it’s been there for some time.
Antenna inside Hoover Dam
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
It’s not uncommon to see APs in the casinos in Las Vegas , however this one at the Wynn is a little odd in that it’s a) installed on the casino level in plain site, with no attempt to conceal it or blend it in and b) it’s installed just a few inches above the floor.
UBNT at the Wynn Casino Las Vegas
UBNT at the Wynn Casino Las Vegas