How can I connect with and learn from Wi-Fi experts?

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David, we live in a social world now and many people give valuable time and energy to the Wi-Fi space. How can I connect with and learn from these Wi-Fi experts?
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Tom Carpenter

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Rasika Nayanajith

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Twitter is the best platform connect with your peers
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Great question Tom.  I learned a long time ago that if I surround myself with highly intelligent and knowledgeable people that I just might become a little smarter myself.  When I started at Aerohive, I quickly learned that most of  the people I was working with had IQs much higher than mine  - Find ways to interact with people in the industry.
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Believe it or not, social media is a great way to communicate with WLAN experts.  I have found Twitter to be a great learning resource.  I follow WLAN experts that I respect and every week I learn something technical.  The WLAN community likes to share knowledge via Twitter.  You can follow me on Twitter: @mistermultipath 
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David Coleman, Official Rep

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Anyone else that wants to post their Twitter handle should do so now!
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Rasika Nayanajith

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@mrncciew is me anyone needs to follow me
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Martin Ericson

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@maer1952 for VoWiFi 
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Nicolas Maton

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@niklasmato is mine .. 
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Rasika Nayanajith

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you have a new follower Nicolas :)
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Nicolas Maton

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So do you. :) 
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Manoah Coenraad, Champ

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You can connect with wi-fi experts at this community
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Anthony Zotti

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@TonyNoOne
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Manoah brings up an excellent point. Every major WLAN vendor offers online forums such as this one to share knowledge. We prefer you hang out on the Aerohive community forums, but there are many that are available.  CWNP also has online forums.
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Now i'm following you on twitter :-D
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Gustavo Gomez Jr.

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You have a new follower Tony :)
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This forum is always a great way to connect, Twitter / LinkedIN etc.. Social Networking at its finest.   Ever tried to read a Cisco Article?  but find a forum with your peers more informative? 
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Gustavo and Rashika....  you have a new follower :)
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Rasika Nayanajith

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Thanks David.. by the way I followed you since I joined twitter 12 months back..
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Gustavo Gomez Jr.

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Those are some great links to industry Twitter IDs.  Thanks Gustavo.
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Remon Braamse

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I dont use twitter verry much, but it is a good suggestion. I think I am going to follow some experts :-)
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Tom Carpenter

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@carpentertom and @mistermultipath are good ones :)
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Remon Braamse

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Following both now :-)

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The Twitter folk still engage in WirelessWednesday shout outs from time to time.  Basically, search Twitter for #WirelessWednesday, and you will find the WiFi community shouting out people to follow.
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Remon Braamse

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Thanks, i'm gonna search for that.
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Tom Carpenter

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David, what kind of Wi-Fi security events have you heard of or do you recommend?
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Tom, there are a lot of industry events for WLAN experts with a focus on security and may other WLAN topics. A really good one is Wireless Field Day:



http://techfieldday.com/wfd/  - Wireless Field Day is an event that takes place every six months or so in the Silicon Valley where WLAN experts get together and share information.  Many of the major WLAN vendors also participate.
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Yes, everyone new to Wi-Fi should watch all the archives of Wireless Field Day (WFD). The videos are all available online and you will learn an amazing amount.
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Manoah Coenraad, Champ

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Good point! thanks!
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Martin Ericson

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Will take a while to get into some stuff. Highly technical vendor stuff. You may have to view it several times. But you will learn things before most people in the industry.
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If I may suggest Wlan Pros conference its scheduled for February 2015 in Dallas, this year you received about 10k in gear!

Here is the link to the videos from earlier this year: http://www.wlanpros.com/wlan-pros-summit-2014-videos/
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You beat me to the punch Gustavo.   I cannot attend the event in Dallas next year and I am really bummed.
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Nicolas Maton

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Are there any prereq for attending the wlanpros summit? 
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I mentioned earlier that following WLAN bloggers is a great way to learn about Wi-Fi.  A lot of the well-known WLAN bloggers attend Wireless Field Day,  
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Don't be shy....  reach out to WLAN experts via blogs, social media or at industry events.  I guarantee you that most of them will find time to talk to you and share knowledge.
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Another great industry event is the WLAN Pros Summit: http://www.wlanprosconference.com

Keith Parsons hosts summits for WLAN experts in both Europe and the United States.  Videos of past summits are available online: http://www.wlanpros.com/wlan-pros-summit-2014-videos/


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I was in Austin. The greatest part was to meet the people in the WLAN industry. Bering able to ask questions on nearly any topic and having fun in evening.
Best conference I ever attended. Period.
And I have been to Brainshare, TechEd, Cisco Live .....
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Tom, didn't the CWNP program just host a WLAN conference as well?
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Tom Carpenter

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Sure did. We do not record them at this time. It is under consideration for next year's event, which will be in a new location.
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Manoah Coenraad, Champ

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Are there also some events in Europe?
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My best advise to anybody reading this who wants to use forums is that people are on the forums to help you but not do your work for you.  What I mean by that is be specific in your questions rather than just ask "How do I do xxxxx?"  Why should somebody put their personal time into your problem if you are not willing to do so in the first place?
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Couldn't agree more with this! Frame and scope a question well and it's a joy to answer it.
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One more piece of advice: don't be afraid to make direct contact.  Real experts (in any field) are often amazingly approachable, humble, and interested in making connections.  Find a meetup in your area, and if there isn't one, start one.  Eric Raymond, long-time chronicler of the open source movement, wrote once about how he sometimes did two-track trips -- a company would pay for him to consult and give advise specifically for their business situation, but he'd often try to find a local Linux User Group where he'd talk for free.

As far as social platforms go, don't forget LinkedIn.  It's often a good way to cut through the clutter that is the advertising-driven inbox of modern email.