Author: Dave Nichols

Ramblings of an IT Guy in Education

Google Offices – Totally awesome, but not for schools

In January the CCGS ICT Department was fortunate enough to be able to spend the day together at Google. We all travelled down to Google’s Sydney office and checked out how the Googlers work. It was totally awesome! And of course, I needed the mandatory photo in front of the Google Logo! Their office is amazing, the best…
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February 7, 2019 0

Microsoft Surface Laptop

Surrounded by metal the device has a rich MacBook feel to it, even the centre placement of a shiny mirror logo makes it look like a MacBook. Opening it up the felt like base around the keyboard tells me this is not just a normal MacBook Clone. The screen is beautiful, a large 3:2 aspect…
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September 28, 2018 0

40HD Independent wireless streams in one building… a world first?

I remember when I graduated from my high school in 2003 I thought it was pretty cutting edge that each of their computer rooms had a projector. Jump forward another year I was a young IT Trainee in my first school, it was an independent Catholic school. They had 6 projectors and not just in…
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September 6, 2018 0

UBNT Infrastructure Part 8 – DFS Nightmare!

I hope you’ve never seen this type of email from your Unifi Controller before. Figure 1 – AP Radar Detected


June 14, 2018 1

UBNT Infrastructure Part 7 – Core Cabling… a few changes

And we get to another issue that I had. It happened at 11 am around the second week of term, some of my core switches started dropping packets. While I had had other issues, it had been around 3 weeks since those issues and around 5 weeks since the core had been set up. And…
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May 31, 2018 4

UBNT Infrastructure Part 6 – Routing table filling up

About two weeks after the core had been installed, I had gotten around and managed to install most of the other 45 switches, I then came across another issue. The biggest issue I could find is that I was getting bad network performance, and I was seeing that every now and then an EdgeSwitch would…
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May 20, 2018 4

UBNT Infrastructure Part 5 – Replacing the PDC Core

So it had all be worked out. I had chosen the brand I would be using for my wired and wired replacement – check. I had chosen whether I would use EdgeSwitch or UniFi Switch – check. Now came the time to do the actual work. And surprisingly replacing a core switch is not a…
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May 10, 2018 2

UBNT Infrastructure Part 4 – UniFi vs Edgeswitch

After I had decided to use Ubiquiti UniFi for my wireless I then had to start building my network design. This leads me to an issue. UniFi vs EdgeMax Figure 1. EdgeMax ES-48-500W/ES-16-XG and the UniFi US-48-500W/US-16-XG.


April 29, 2018 19

UBNT Infrastructure Part 3 – Culling the tender and how Ubiquiti was chosen

This post will actually be pretty short. Ubiquiti won…


April 29, 2018 0

UBNT Infrastructure Part 2 – Testing wireless broadcasting and load balancing based on bandwidth

From part 1 I had narrowed it down to the vendors that I had chosen would be quoting on my upcoming wired and wireless infrastructure replacement. HP Aruba Cisco Cisco Meraki Aerohive Ubiquiti


April 29, 2018 0