Archive for the ‘Speaking Engagements’ Category

Wi-Fi Jedi Speaking Tomorrow in Atlanta

I’m speaking on Thursday, November 4th, 2010 at the GaETC conference in Atlanta, Georgia.  GaETC is an educational conference for K-12 schools.  I will be delivering a 3 hour workshop entitled “Enabling Digital Learning and Multimedia Applications over Wi-Fi”.   It will be a mix of lecture, demonstrations, and discussion.  It will also feature a case study from a Xirrus customer, Greater Atlanta Christian Schools.

If you are interested in attending, please get a hold of me ASAP and I’ll try to get you access to the session.  I will be speaking from 9 AM until Noon.

The conference audience is made up of approximately 2,000 teachers, media specialists, technology coordinators, technology specialists, special educators, vocational teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, curriculum directors, staff development coordinators, Title I coordinators, and everyone else interested in educational technology.

There are approximately 200 exhibitors for the conference.  More information can be found on the conference website:


Build Your Own “Cantenna” Workshop

Tomorrow afternoon, I will be teaching a workshop on how to build your own 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi antenna using a household can such as soup can, coffee can, or veggie can.  It is a simple waveguide antenna.

The workshop is going to be held at the University of Advancing Technology and is a part of their Tech Forum 2010.

My session is tomorrow, November 2nd, at 2:30 PM Pacific Time.  UAT is located at:

University of Advancing Technology

2625 W Baseline Road

Tempe Arizona 85283

If you want to go, please send me an email or Twitter @reply quickly and I will try to sneak you into the class.  We have a limited amount of seats because we have a limited amount of supplies (and soldering irons).

If you can not attend, but would like to undergo the project on your own, we are just following the instructions/outline from Turnpoint Wireless.

I bought my cantenna kits from Fleeman, Anderson, & Bird as suggested in the instructions.  I ordered 20 kits and had them shipped 2nd day and Fleeman, Anderson, & Bird had no issue fulfilling the order.  The neccessary nuts,bolts, and wire I picked up at a local Home Depot.

If you build one of your own, please stop back and leave me a comment to let know know how it went.  I’d love to hear about your experience!

WiFi Jedi to Speak This Wednesday at SDSUG in Phoenix

I know that everyone is awaiting the results of my latest contest, where I am giving away a FREE Copy of the Certified Wireless Technology Specialist (CWTS) Study Guide.  I promise that I will comb through the entries in the next couple of days and post the results.

In the meantime, I did want to publish some time sensitive material.  I will be speaking this Wednesday (#WirelessWednesday) at the Sonoran Desert Security Users Group meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.  I will be presenting on “High Density Wi-Fi – Lessons Learned From Apple’s iPhone Demo”.

The meeting details are below (my presentation is from approximately(9:15 – 10:30 AM).  Feel free to reach out directly if you need additional information.  If you are in the Phoenix area, I hope to see you on Wednesday!

TIME: 08:00-16:00
WHERE: JOBING.COM Phoenix Office
4747 N. 22nd Street, Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Wi-Fi Jedi Speaking at Phoenix ISSA – 7/13

For those of you in the Phoenix area, I will be speaking at the Phoenix Information Systems Security Association chapter meeting on Tuesday, July 13th 2010.  Registration starts at 11:30, and I will be speaking at noon.

I will be speaking about using Wi-Fi as a part of your Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery process.  My session abstract is below as well as the invite from ISSA to attend the meeting.  If you are interested in attending, there is a hyperlink at the end of the invitation.

Presentation Abstract: When disaster strikes, does your organization have the processes and technology in place to ensure continuation of business?  In today’s high tech world, one important piece to restoring normal business operations is to establish a reliable computer network.  The speaker will discuss the main factors in deciding in whether to deploy a wired or wireless network as a part of disaster recovery & business continuity – factors including cost, security, and reliability.  The presentation also includes a case study and several recommendations to maximize value to session attendees.

Phoenix ISSA® invites you to its

Q3/10 Quarterly Training Forum to be held on:

DATE: Tuesday, July 13, 2010

TIME: 11:30 am –5 pm


1. “Wireless Security and BCP” – Douglas Haider, Xirrus

2.  “End Point Security” – Parker Marshall Fishnet Security

3.  “VM Security”, Diane Barrett, University of Advancing Technology

4. “Business Records to Digital Evidence”, Hoyt Kesterson, Terra Verde Services


ITT Technical Institute — 5005 W. Wendler Dr., Tempe, AZ  85282

(NW Corner, I-10 & Baseline, Across from Fry’s Electronics)

Please join us!  Our speakers represent security leaders in different industries who will share their insights and expertise.  Stay on top of an ever-changing field, with leading edge content.  Get a free lunch and snacks.  Earn 4 hours CPE credits for certification maintenance (we provide the certificate).  Meet and network with other security professionals.  Win great door prizes!

For event details and registration go to: RSVP link

This event will be full—don’t wait to register!

WiFiJedi to Speak at 6/2 Webinar

I try to advertise my speaking engagements so that if you are in the area, you can stop by and introduce yourself.  I love meeting others that share my passion for wireless networking and security.  However, one complaint that I hear is “you never give a presentation near where I live”.

Well, here is your opportunity.  This Wednesday, June 2nd, I am giving an online presentation.  It is a webinar  in conjunction with TribalNet and goes live at 2pmEST/11amPST.  TribalNet is an industry resource for technology professionals in the Native American industry. I will be presenting “Designing for 802.11n Wi-Fi Deployments”. You don’t need to be a member to join the webinar – the link to register is below.

Link to pre-register:

I hope that I will “see” many of you online this Wednesday!

Speaking Engagement *Tomorrow* 5/13 in Texas

I will be speaking at the Region One Technology Education Conference in South Padre Island, TX tomorrow at 9 AM local time.

My presentation is titled “802.11n: Lessons Learned from the First 1,000 Xirrus Installations”

Session Description:

Districts making the move to 802.11n or deploying a wireless network for the first time will explore lessons learned from the past two years of over 1000 Xirrus 11n installations. Site surveys, network design, client considerations, performance results, interoperability and backwards compatibility will all be investigated.

Conference Information:

The Region One ESC Technology Conference is one of the most successful conferences in the state of Texas strictly devoted to educational technology. Our conference is carefully organized where both educators and administrators find and explore new ways to help their organizations become successful in the area of educational technology. Our conference showcases some of the latest technologies in education and provides educators and administrators in the following areas of professional growth:
  • Leadership and Administration – e-Rate Training and Technology Purchasing
  • Innovation – Web 2.0 Tools, Mobile Devices and Open Source Products
  • Teaching and Learning – Technology Education and Content Area Based Workshops
  • Technology Support and Management – Security, Data Management and Green Technologies

Here is a link to the conference website:

Speaking Engagement *Tomorrow* Feb 17th at ASIS Phoenix

For those of you that are local to Phoenix, I will be speaking about wireless networking and security to the Phoenix Chapter of ASIS (American Society of Industrial Security) tomorrow, February 17th.

The meeting is being held at the University Club:

39 E Monte Vista Rd
Phoenix, AZ

It is a lunch meeting with registration starting at 10:45 am. Lunch and networking are before the presentation, which starts at approximately 12 noon. There will be a Q & A session to follow.

About ASIS:

ASIS International, formerly known as the American Society of Industrial Security, is the preeminent organization for security professionals with more than 36,000 members worldwide. Founded in 1955, ASIS International is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programs that address broad security interests. The ASIS Phoenix, AZ Chapter was chartered in January 1958 and today has over 400 members who are active security professionals and represent over 300 companies throughout Arizona. ASIS International has a long standing relationship with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA).

ASIS International, and its chartered chapters also advocate the role and value of the security management profession to business, the media, government entities and the public. It provides members and the security community with access to a full range of certification programs and services, and publishing the industry’s number one magazine Security Management. ASIS leads the way for advanced and improved security performance and is the first of its kind to be awarded the Safety Act Designation from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The ASIS International website is:

The Phoenix Chapter website is:

Webinar *Today* at 11am PT / 2pm ET

The Burton Group and Xirrus are offering a FREE educational webinar today (Wednesday, Dec 2nd) on the newly ratified IEEE wireless standard, 802.11n.  I delivered the Xirrus portion of this presentation at INTEROP New York a couple weeks ago, so I can tell you it’s packed with great information.  🙂

“802.11n: Lessons Learned from the First 1,000 Xirrus Installations”

Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Time: 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET / 7:00 pm UK


Paul DeBeasi, Senior Analyst, Burton Group

Kurt Sauter, Director of Product Marketing, Xirrus

The webinar is posted on the Xirrus webinars page:

You can use the below to register:

This webinar will discuss:

• Features that the first generation 11n products provide
• Site Survey Issues
• Performance Expectations
• Network and Architecture Considerations
• Client Device Considerations
• Security Issues
• Overall Recommendations

The webinar will be archived on the Xirrus website, and anyone will be able to listen/view after the live event.

802.11e Quality of Service – Video

This is a portion of some internal training that I delivered at the beginning of the year.  Certainly not my best stuff, but the video was readily available (thanks to my friend Gary) and I thought that it was useful content about 802.11e, which is Quality of Service.

The video is approximately 5 minutes in length and discusses the media contention mechanism under 802.11e – Hybrid Coordination Function (HCF).  There are two main parts to HCF (which I discuss in the video):

  1. Enhanced Distributed Channel Access (EDCA)
  2. Hybrid Controlled Channel Acccess (HCCA)

*Speaking Engagement* – FREE Webinar March 24th

I am giving a Webinar on Replacing Ethernet Switching to the Desktop with Wireless on March 24th, 2009 4PM Pacific Time.

Below is information about the presentation, including the link to attend along with a session description.

Webcast Title: Is WiFi Really Ready to Replace Ethernet to the Desktop?

Webcast Live Date & Time: 4:00pm  MAR 24 2009 United States – Los Angeles

Duration: 45 mins

Session Description – Is WiFi Really Ready to Replace Ethernet to the Desktop?

Ratification of the next generation IEEE wireless standard, 802.11n, is just around the corner. 802.11n brings data rates of several hundred megabits per second, which many analysts say is instrumental in WiFi replacing Ethernet switching to the desktop. But is wireless really a capable replacement? Our speaker, Mr. Douglas Haider, will explore the performance, security, scalability, and reliability of next generation wireless LANs. Mr. Haider will address both the technical and business requirements of the audience. The presentation is built around a case study and is packed with specific recommendations, suggested tools, and information on where to find additional resources.