Wireless LAN Weekly (Keith Parsons) is the best WLAN/Wi-Fi podcast I have found on the web today. (www.wlanpros.com) After listening to WLW052 (main topic: “7 Rules for Accurate Site Surveys”), I realized I needed to blog about this podcast for other WLAN professionals. Here are four reasons why every WLAN professional needs to make Wireless LAN Weekly podcasts part of their weekly Wi-Fi diet:
1. It is technical, but not too technical. As WLAN professionals, we are daily bombarded with technical data and information. We want to be on the learning edge in Wi-Fi, but some days, we simply cannot handle any more “new information”. Keith has a teaching gift in presenting technical information via podcasting in a comfortable, fun and enjoyable format. Anyone, from a WLAN novice to a CWNE, can benefit from the technical presentations made in WLW. Pour a cup of your favorite coffee (in your CWNP mug, of course…), sit back and enjoy!
2. It is vendor-neutral. I listen to several “vendor-centric” podcasts regularly and do learn some, after sifting out unneeded vendor stuff. However, Keith’s presentations are not tied to a specific vendor, elevating WLW information and making it usable and applicable, regardless of the WLAN vendor(s) you support.
3. It grabs your attention….and keeps it! Some podcasts lose me in a few minutes–but not so with WLW! Keith grabs and keeps your attention by strategically dividing the 50 minute podcasts into four parts:
a. Main topic: A guest joins the podcast, knowledgeable about a Wi-Fi issue of the day, discussed in a question and answer format. Always tons of great information on WLAN topics that interest us all.
b. Tutorial: Keith spends time explaining in detail important Wi-Fi concepts – key knowledge for every WLAN professional. Recent topics have included how a client associates to an AP, cable quality, hidden nodes and radio tap headers. Website graphics and downloadable pdf documents are available as well.
c. Geek Glossary: An important Wi-Fi term is defined and described how it is used in the industry. Brief but good.
d. WhoIs: An interview with a WLAN professional. A good time to get to know personally WLAN professionals who are impacting the worldwide WLAN community.
4. It inspires you to be…a better WLAN professional! Seriously…there has not been a WLW podcast where I have not learned–and been inspired–to be a better WLAN professional. WLW podcasts are timely, valuable and useful in my WLAN career. Simply put — I want to be a better WLAN professional after hearing every WLW podcast.
I have Wireless LAN Weekly bookmarked and check it out every week, because I want to improve my WLAN skill set. I hope you will do the same.
Now maybe Keith will reveal the names of the British man and American woman who introduce the podcast each week……