Network & Wi-Fi Geek, Family Guy, Photographer. Any thoughts presented here represent my personal opinion…Or I stole them and agreed with someone else.
Darrell DeRosia answers our 7 Questions:
1. What is your full name or the name that most people are fond of calling you?
2. Where are you located?
Memphis, TN mostly. Philadelphia some of the time. Where ever I need to be the rest of the time.
3. How long have you been in the WLAN Industry?
I accidentally got into the industry in 2000. It was supposed to be managing BreezeCom gear for 3 months until they hired someone new to do it. About 6 months later it was obvious I had become the Wi-Fi guy unknowingly.
4. What’s your professional involvement in the WLAN industry now?
Performance Engineering for a major service provider. Working on finding and solving problems.
5. What is one thing in the industry that is happening now that has you the most excited?
MU-MIMO has the opportunity to change the efficiency of our Wi-Fi networks. I think…it is either that or the FCC opening up more frequency for use. I am all about having more available airtime.
6. What’s one project you’ve been involved in that you are proud of – why?
There are lots of great projects, but how do you forget the first big stadium event? There were lots of blockers things creating limits on the entire solution we took out of the way. Our test event was the Cotton Bowl and then we put over 10k users online at the Super Bowl in North Texas. Thank you Cisco AS and the entire team for many sleepless nights and long days on this one. Many more followed, but I learned the most managing the team doing this one.
7. What advice would you give to someone just getting started in the industry?
Become a sponge for knowledge. The less people hand you, the more you will learn. Get your hands on equipment and use it at home. Performance testing and packet captures can do a lot for understanding.
Bonus question: How can we follow up with you? Website? Twitter?