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Heavy Wireless

Heavy Wireless is a deep dive into Wi-Fi, IoT, wireless security, and more. Host Keith Parsons, CWNE#3, draws on his decades of experience to educate, entertain, and inspire those working in the WLAN industry. Each twice-monthly episode explores an aspect of wireless technology with guests including Wi-Fi engineers, industry experts, and vendors. Whether you're already a WLAN specialist or looking to expand your skills in this high-demand sector of IT, Heavy Wireless gives you the technical know-how and industry context to succeed.

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Recent Episodes of Heavy Wireless


HS028: Highlights from Wi-Fi World Congress USA

HS028: Highlights from Wi-Fi World Congress USA

A cardboard box with a circuit printed on it that harvests just enough power to activate a radio and have it chirp something out a short distance: that’s just one of the cool products and 802.11 standards that stood out at this year’s Wi-Fi World Congress USA. Drew Lentz joins the show to recap the... Read more »

Episode 28 28 May 2024 33m and 23s


HW027: Radiation and Other WLAN Challenges at Nuclear Power Plants

HW027: Radiation and Other WLAN Challenges at Nuclear Power Plants

Evaluating wireless use cases at a nuclear power plant is a little bit different than your average industrial job, starting with the stripdown to put on plant-provided clothing. Ferney Munoz joins us today to talk about his experience working as a wireless consultant at nuclear power plants. Obviously, radiation interference is a heightened issue, as... Read more »

Episode 27 14 May 2024 19m and 14s


HW026: Wireless Training and Certifications for IoT

HW026: Wireless Training and Certifications for IoT

With the rapid growth of IoT across enterprise and industrial spaces, now is a good time to check in on the wireless training and certification landscape beyond Wi-Fi. Today, Tom Carpenter, the Director of Education for the Certified Wireless Network Professionals joins us to give a lay of the land. He explains how the protocols... Read more »

Episode 26 30 April 2024 27m and 48s


HW025: Easy as Pi: The WLAN Pro’s Swiss Army Knife

HW025: Easy as Pi: The WLAN Pro’s Swiss Army Knife

In 2016, a handful of wireless engineers got together and decided to create the portable tool they all wish existed. Thus the WLAN Pi was born. Jerry Olla, Nick Turner, and Jiri Brejcha join the show today to talk about the evolution of the open source WLAN Pi and its current capabilities. The latest generation... Read more »

Episode 25 16 April 2024 39m and 21s


HW024: Find Your People on the Wi-Fi Pros Slack

HW024: Find Your People on the Wi-Fi Pros Slack

Today we talk to Sam Clements, founder of Wi-Fi Pros Slack. This online community has 1,600 members who share information and technical tips, talk shop, and connect with peers. Sam tells us how he developed the community over time, how he structures topics and channels, the ongoing fight against bots and spam, and where it... Read more »

Episode 24 2 April 2024 28m and 28s


HW023: The Best of WLPC 2024 Phoenix

HW023: The Best of WLPC 2024 Phoenix

The Wireless LAN Professionals organization just had its 10th annual conference and who better to break it down than WLPC founder (and Heavy Wireless host) Keith Parsons and friend of the show Ferney Munoz. They review their favorite presentations as well as heartwarming moments. Episode Guest Ferney Munoz | Ekahau and CWNP Certified Wireless Network... Read more »

Episode 23 22 March 2024 25m and 40s


HW022: So You Want to be a Sales Engineer

HW022: So You Want to be a Sales Engineer

Thinking about a career in Sales Engineering (SE)? In this episode, you’ll hear straight from an experienced SE, Stewart Goumans. Stewart talks about what kind of background you need to be an SE, what the day-to-day looks like, and what it’s like to see a customer’s eyes light up when they realize you have a... Read more »

Episode 22 5 March 2024 22m and 23s


HW021: The State of the Wi-Fi Industry with Claus Hetting

HW021: The State of the Wi-Fi Industry with Claus Hetting

Wi-Fi increases the GDP of entire countries, yet its tech community still has a grassroots feel. The COVID-19 work-from-home trend grew residential Wi-Fi like never before, yet it is still competing with 5G inside homes. Guest Claus Hetting, CEO of Wi-Fi NOW, joins host Keith Parsons to talk about the paradoxes, successes, and challenges in... Read more »

Episode 21 20 February 2024


How We Got to Wi-Fi 7 and Where We Go From Here

How We Got to Wi-Fi 7 and Where We Go From Here

To understand the newest standard, Wi-Fi 7, it helps to look back at Wi-Fi 5 and 6, and even forward to Wi-Fi 8. What’s the reasoning behind the updates? How have they been experienced at the ground level? Who should make the change and when? Host Keith Parsons and Wi-Fi expert Srikanth Subramanian touch on... Read more »

Episode 20 6 February 2024 27m and 10s


HW019: The Crucial Collaboration Between Wireless Engineers And Architects

HW019: The Crucial Collaboration Between Wireless Engineers And Architects

Host Keith Parsons and guest Kelly Burroughs from iBwave discuss the crucial need for collaboration between Wi-Fi engineers and architects to ensure optimal wireless connectivity in building designs. They explore the use of BIM file formats for better integration and the importance of considering wireless as a utility in the architectural process. The conversation addresses... Read more »

Episode 19 23 January 2024 20m and 49s

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