Hello and welcome to the December 2015 edition of the Wi-Fi for Beginners Podcast newsletter!
I'd like to begin by thanking you for supporting the Wi-Fi For Beginners podcast
. Since being officially launched in in November, I've had some great feedback and am seeing a very encouraging number of podcast downloads. I look forward to providing plenty more valuable content for you in 2016.
In this newsletter we'll take a look at how you can increase your income in 2016, how to choose the best channel for a Wi-Fi network, the ideal seasonal gift for all of you Wi-Fi geeks out there and how you can provide feedback to me about the WFFB podcast.
I hope you all enjoy your celebrations during this holiday season! - Nigel
Your Plans For 2016? More Income?
It's that time of year when many of us take a look back over the previous year and think about our plans for year ahead. For many that also includes planning how we will advance our career during the new year.
There's no doubt that Wi-Fi networking is one of THE hottest technology areas to be a part of at the moment. And, given the wholesale move to wireless "everything" by many organizations, wireless knowledge and skills are going to be some of the most sought after skills for many years to come.
If you're thinking about how you can get ahead in your career and increase your income, you should certainly invest in advancing your wireless knowledge and get on to the wireless certification ladder.
Getting hold of staff with good quality wireless skills and certifications is incredibly difficult in the current employment marketplace. Therefore, it makes sense to increase demand for your services by equipping yourself with the wireless knowledge and skills that employers need.
Take a look at the graphic above taken from the CWNP web site
to see the value that a wireless certification can bring to your income prospects.
The information shown relates to the vendor-neutral CWNP certification program
, but there are also many vendor-specific wireless certification programs you might also like to take a look at from vendors such as Cisco
Whether you're just starting out in your wireless journey or wish to enhance your existing knowledge, there are significant opportunities available to increase your income - make 2016 the year to invest in yourself and increase your wireless expertise
How to Choose the Best Channel For Your Wi-Fi Network (Video)
In recent episodes of the Wi-Fi For Beginners podcast we spent time looking at various aspects of RF theory, particularly as it relates to Wireless LANs.
I found a great video
on YouTube that reinforces some of the points we covered around WLAN channels and bands. It also provides a very interesting taster of some Wi-Fi tools that provide visibility of what is going on "over the air" in your RF environment.
I strongly recommend you take a look at this fascinating short video from Trent Cutler (@FireMyWires
Choosing a (Wi-Fi) Gift For The Holiday Season
In many parts of the world it's the time of year when people exchange gifts for a variety of festivals and celebrations.
If your loved ones are scratching their heads wondering which gift to buy for you, and you'd like something that's going to be useful throughout the whole of 2016, I recommend you ask them for a copy of the CWNA study guide
. (OK, I know it's not as exciting as a set of golf clubs or a box of cigars...)
Although this book is primarily marketed as the study guide to use in preparation for the CWNA certification exam, it's actually also one of the most useful general wireless LAN reference books you can buy today.
Even if you don't intend to study for the CWNA exam, having a copy of this book on your (physical or digital) bookshelf is invaluable as a reference to look-up many aspects of Wi-Fi technology. All Wi-Fi pros I know have a copy of this book as one of their go-to references for Wi-Fi technology.
You can pick it up at most book outlets, including Amazon
Request For Podcast Feedback
I'm very interested to hear your feedback
on the podcast episodes I've posted so far. If there are any aspects that you feel could be improved, then please let me know
I have episodes planned for the next few months to cover the basics of Wi-Fi networking, but am interested to hear if there are any specific topics you would like to learn more about. Please let me hear your ideas via the feedback
page I've created on the Wi-Fi For Beginners web site.
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