(Editor's Note: This article refers to a video interview shot at Interop (News - Alert)2010. To view TMCnet's entire library of videos from Interop and other industry shows, demonstrations and interviews in our in-house studio, visit our Video News home page.)
Interop (News - Alert) presented an exciting opportunity for those in the technology and telecommunications space as it brought multiple players together in one location to provide informative presentation on new offerings, next-generation technologies and opportunities for the coming year.
TMCnet took advantage of the opportunity to speak with a number of key industry players at Interop this year, including Ryan Woodings, Chief Geek and Founder of Metageek. Woodings visited the TMCnet media booth for an interview captured on video.
Metageek is the maker of iSpy, a device that will scan the network and identify signals that could cause WiFi (News - Alert) interference problems. Once signals are found, they also provide the software that helps to classify the signals. At this point, a device finder mode is used to track down the device(s) interfering with the network so the problem can be solved.
Metageek target customers include IT guys from the SMB sector, including a large number of universities and hospitals. With constantly changing users plugging into the network, interference and monitoring is an ongoing challenge in such environments.
The iSpy device is considered inexpensive for the value it can deliver. In fact, the price range of $100 to $600 for the device will vary depending upon the features of the device and what the company needs it to be able to do in the environment.
As for feedback from clients, Woodings said, 'We've had a warehouse situation where they were the access point vendor and their customer said, 'your access point is broken' and the vendor thought it was interference. When the warehouse next door went on break, 12 microwaves lit up and took down the network.'
When Metageek helped to analyze the problem, they identified what was going on, updated the network and the problem went away.
Woodings noted that interference will continue to be a problem, which is creating opportunities for Metageek. More and more companies are putting wireless into their environments and this is causing interference. To optimize the wireless environment, companies need to identify these interference issues and eliminate them.
As for Metageek's future? They will continue to focus on their identification technologies, as well as the creation of reports clients can use to better evaluate their environment and make necessary changes.
For more information on the Metageek and how they can help to better identify interference, check out the video in full (Second Editor's Note: Apple (News - Alert) users can find the video here, in TMCnet's video library.):
Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMCnet and has also written for eastbiz.com. To read more of Susan's articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Patrick Barnard