Archive for September, 2009

Installing a WLAN @ Ameristar Casino, Black Hawk, Colorado

What’s it like to install a wireless network in a casino?  With the help of two others, we lit up ~200 APs at the Ameristar in Black Hawk just a few weeks before the grand opening on 9/29.  This was a ton of work, but it was worth it.  Here are some photos that I snapped.

One of 6 Cisco Aironet 1130ag access points per floor, locked in an access panel.

One of about 15 IDFs (every 3 floors). APs are connected to a POE switch.

This is a core switch for the admin VLAN (separate from the wireless network). A bit overkill, but cool nonetheless.

In the MDF, fiber connects all the IDFs to the switches above. The two Cisco 4400 WLCs you see each control 100 APs and cost roughly $23K/ea. There’s also a Soekris box running pfSense, a Nomadix 5500ag (for subscriber/guest access), a Cymphonix web filter, and a Servertech IPM-8 rebooter. The main pipe is an OC-3, but guests are limited to 30 Mbits total.

Very nice work by Tim McCabe in Denver. Completed structured cabling with 6 guys in 14 months.

Cross-connect for the phone system, and a lot of it.

Installing an AP 40 feet above the Summit room. One of two in this area (capacity of 700), one in the main hall, and another in the service hall directly behind.

Construction on floors 32-34 was incomplete; hard hats required.

 

About Benjamin Perove

Ben has been associated with a broad spectrum of technologies starting from an early age, and he's contributed to the success of many businesses and enterprises since 2001. Most of his time is spent building cool stuff. When he's not working, he enjoys reading, playing acoustic guitar, and being with friends. He currently resides in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Cybertool.mobi

Has it been 8  months since my last post?  Yeesh.  I need to get more simplistic when it comes to this whole blogging thing.

When I’m not working, reading, studying for exams, training for races, or plotting to save the world, apparently I’m writing PHP?  I know–scary thought for a server/network guy.  Just the same… Happy Gilmore was a hockey player, not a golfer.

I’ve updated the site to include a projects page, where my latest & greatest will be available for anyone who wants to check it out.

Speaking of which, I’ve recently built a mobile application called Cybertool.  It’s a collection of utilities that might help to diagnose and resolve network issues.  For a while, I’ve used a handful of different sites to fix DNS, mail, or firewall stuff.  Cybertool is an aggregate of those sites for your mobile device.  As an added bonus, there are tools like Cisco password decryption, a default passwords list, and a subnet calculator.  It’s still a work in progress, so there’s a small list of bugs to iron out yet, but I’ve worked really hard to make sure it’s invulnerable to XSS/SQL injection, and have hardened Apache (obviously from my previous post, as well as part II about mod_security which is coming soon).  All activity is logged and monitored, so don’t try anything funny!  It will get you banned faster than Paris Hilton at a spelling bee… faster than Kanye West at a charity event… you get the point.

Be sure to leave comments over at the Cybertool projects page.

 

About Benjamin Perove

Ben has been associated with a broad spectrum of technologies starting from an early age, and he's contributed to the success of many businesses and enterprises since 2001. Most of his time is spent building cool stuff. When he's not working, he enjoys reading, playing acoustic guitar, and being with friends. He currently resides in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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