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New Year’s resolutions for network engineers

Why not start out the new year with some changes? Here is my list of things I see which could help. You can easily do the following twelve things in the next twelve months.

  1. Take time for documentation. Set aside an afternoon a week to do documentation. Once caught up, don’t consider a project until the documentation is complete.
  2. Setup that lab you have always wanted, or re-vamp that aging lab.
  3. Clean out your e-mail box and apply filters to recurring emails. Your inbox is not a to-do list.
  4. Speaking of e-mail, segment your e-mail boxes. Backup alerts should go to backups@, and alert e-mails should go to alerts@ or noc@. Make it easy to categorize your e-mail. if this is not for you, apply tags and filters to categorize mail.
  5. Standardize your naming of devices, interfaces, and comments.
  6. De-clutter everything. More on this in a follow-up article.
  7. Enable 2Factor authentication on everything you can.
  8. If it’s not on your calendar, it will probably get missed.
  9. Make a point to attend at least one conference or local user group by May.
  10. Step up your cabling game
  11. Deploy IPV6 across your network if you have not already
  12. Buy a labeler and use it. https://amzn.to/3hYEtdj

Packets Down Range #10:Youtube, NFL, Comcast and more

A small milestone, issue #10. The weather outside is quite frightening. The wind chill is -37 here in Indiana. I want to extend a Happy Holidays greeting to everyone. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah Perfect time to catch up on documentation and the newsletter. Submit any news here.

Data Center & Cloud News

•Meta believes AI is the future of the Data Center.


Interconnection & Peering

Zayo lights up more 400Gig Links.

Quantum Loophole has been expanding rapidly. Check out their LinkedIn for lots of cool photos.


ISP News
Brookfield Wisconsin WISPA event January 27th, 2023

•Some Comcast accounts hacked in 2FA by-pass attacks.

13 More states grab NTIA BEAD grants. California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Vermont and Wyoming were among this week’s awardees

FCC has received thousands of challenges to data on the broadband map.

Five takeaways from Senate broadband hearings


Podcasts & Videos

Preseem E1S4 is out


Other Industry News

•Another cloud breach, this time it involves Uber.

Fastnetmon has an integration with Cloudflare

BEAD and Wireless Delivery. Today, leading organizations representing the wireless industry sent letters to broadband offices in all US states and territories, urging them to allow for maximum flexibility in choosing the right mix of broadband technologies to meet their policy goals with Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) funds.

Nokia unveils 25GPon.

Youtube to get NFL Sunday Ticket

CloudFlare releases DNS record comments


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A funny I found

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Packets Down Range #9:Lumen, Cloud, 800GB switches. Sponsors needed

Welcome to issue #9 of Packets Down Range. I am a little behind because a deer decided to jump in front of my car on a recent trip to Texas. There wasn’t much damage, but almost all the airbags were deployed, which caused the car to be a total loss. As a result, I am behind and need those sponsorships. :-). Submit any news here.

Data Center & Cloud News

Comcast expands to H5 Albuquerque

The big cloud names score a combined $9 Billion dollar deal with the Pentagon. The Pentagon said Wednesday that AmazonGoogleMicrosoft and Oracle received a cloud-computing contract that can reach as high as $9 billion total through 2028.

Andrew Power named new CEO of Digital Realty.

•As reported earlier on this blog, Netrality finished the acquisition of the operations of 733 Henry in Indianapolis.


Interconnection & Peering

Lumen looks to add 6 million miles of new fiber by 2026. Lumen’s work will focus on its backbone network rather than its metro or residential assets. CTO Andrew Dugan told Fierce its newly announced target is part of a nationwide upgrade project Lumen has been chipping away at for the past five years or so.

INEX reaches the 1TB of traffic mark.


ISP News
•Great Plains expands Nebraska fiber footprint

Bluebird acquires Missouri Telecom’s Middle mile network assets. This strategic acquisition of MTI’s network assets will expand and strengthen Bluebird’s existing fiber network throughout Southwest Missouri and is part of the company’s overall growth strategy across the Midwestern United States. 

•Do you have your 6GHz OET experimental license? Cambium talks about their ePMP 4600. In the article, they have a guide on obtaining your 6GHZ OET.


Podcasts & Videos

•Wireless Myth Busters Episode 2. The myth we’re busting in this episode: “With federal funding abound, why not all fiber, all the time” Come along to Scotts Bluff, Nebraska where we join Vistabeam to see how they’re leveraging Cambium Networks product line to wirelessly deliver connnectivity to their customers across 40,000 square miles through out Wyoming, Colorado, and Nebraska.

The BrothersWisp episode #175. Installer Tools

•Came across this great Youtube channel called Lifetechfacts

LTE signals with Mikrotik.


Other Industry News

•For those of you using ARIN Reg-RWS API keys, you have some changes coming

Arista offers 800Gbps connections on two models of their data center switches.

BBSes are still alive and well.

Payphones are also alive and well in Philadelphia.

Exploit Database has an update.

•Tom’s guide reviews the Vilo VLWF01


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Packets Down Range #8:Water in the data center, Comcast fees, Starlink speeds

Welcome to issue #8 of Packets Down Range. I am making haste in order to get on the road to Texas for some work. It will be nice to go from 31-degree weather in Indiana to 70s in Texas, even though some of it will be spent inside a data center at night. News has been a little light due to new items

Data Center News

AWS says it will be water positive by 2030. As part of the “water+” initiative, Amazon Web Services shared the Water Usage Effectiveness (WUE) for its data centers, and said it will report annually on its WUE, new water reuse and recycling efforts, as well as new activities to reduce water consumption in its facilities.

Edge deployments starting to accelerate. SBA towers and others are pushing this trend.

Meta plans to go Liquid


Interconnection & Peering

Omni Fiber acquires Ohio Telecom Inc. Omni Fiber, a Fiber-To-The-Premises (FTTP) provider committed to bringing high-speed Internet access to underserved markets in the Midwest has acquired Port Clinton based Ohio Telecom, Inc. to accelerate growth.

Comcast Business expands into H5 Albuquerque


ISP News
•$224 Million in high-speed broadband grants for Tribal lands in the United States

•Starlink speeds appear to be dropping.

785,000 TV cable subscribers lost in Q3 of 2022. Mainly attributied to “cord cutters”

More Comcast fees.


Podcasts & Videos
The Brothers WISP #169 is out

•WIlle Howe’s Latest Video


Other Industry News
25 Days of ARIN. Follow them on Twitter for fun facts and figures. #25DaysOfARIN

FCC’s new rules for Affordable Connectivity Progam

•As reported in a previous edition, Broadband “Nutrition label” is now required.


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The Mess we call BGP

Ever wonder why BGP seems to be such a complicated protocol to administer? It seems pretty straightforward to set up. Some commands, and you have a BGP session. Easy huh? BGP is one of those things where the more BGP feeds you bring in, the more complex traffic management becomes. Why? Take a look at the following graphic.

https://thyme.apnic.net/BGP/ARIN/#

What you are looking at is a small visualization of some of the AS connections to Hurricane Electric (AS6939) in North America. This is not all of them, just what I could fit on the screen for this article. Some of these are “transit ASes” which means they sit between Hurricane and another network or networks. This is important to understand because they can influence how your traffic reaches customers or resources on Hurricane electric if they are between you and them. The same thing goes for Hurricane Electric. They are a transit AS between companies and resources. Their policies in terms of BGP traffic can influence your traffic. This is just one AS. There are thousands and thousands of others.

Now imagine you have 4 upstream providers with various peerings and upstream peers. Each one of them can do various manipulations to the same destination. Your routers will pick the best path, but that path may have Congestion or a host of other influences on your traffic.

For myself, as a network engineer, being able to diagnose and troubleshoot path issues is an art, just as it is a science.

Packets Down Range #7:Thanksgiving edition

Welcome to issue #7 of Packets Down Range. Turkey Day is almost upon us here in the States. As a result, I am pushing this out a day early. Keep those news reports coming. I will be having a Patreon Edition on Black Friday, mainly focusing on some hand-picked deals related to networking. I also have some items listed on Facebook WISP equipment with free shipping for Patreon supporters.

Data Center News

How do Data Centers work? When touring part of Flexential’s datacenter campus, called Hillsboro 3, one gets a sense of just how much power, equipment, money and personnel goes into operating Oregon’s growing tech sector.

Chicago data center market is booming. I hate paywalls, but you can preview the article.


Interconnection & Peering

•INEX reaches a new traffic peak thanks to FIFA World Cup

•Some cool photos on this page relating to fiber and infrastructure

Lumen to sell off assets in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming.


ISP News
•T-Mobile talks FWA as an overlay

WISPS and 6GHZ

•Vistabeam to expand to Chappel, Nebraska.

•As mentioned in a previous edition, Broadband labels are now out.


Podcasts & Events
•The Network Berg has a video on Ansible for Network Engineers

Preseem Podcast Episode 3 is out. Anton Kapela and Dave Clelland join us as our first guests to talk about Tarana. They discuss with RF experts theoretical minimums, whether it’s a “Mimosa B11”, and the magic behind it.

The Brothers Wisp #174. Interview with David Zumwalt CEO of WISPA


Other Industry News
•Is fiber going to price itself out of the running? Supply Chain issues and rising labor costs could put a damper on fiber deployments

•News about the new FCC maps.
Article 1
Broadband Map Home

cnMaestro 3.2.0 is out Release notes are available here…


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ARIN consulting package end-of-the-year special

From now until the end of the year, I am running the following consulting package, including the following ARIN services.

-Helping you set up your organization within ARIN
-Helping you set up your Point of Contact (POC) records
-Getting your own ASN
-Getting an IPV6 allocation
-Generating RPKI and ROA for up to 10 IP blocks (V4 and V6)
-Creating route registry entries for 1 ASN and up to 10 IP blocks
-Creating a PeeringDB entry and linking that to your route registry
-Setting up your IP blocks to point to a reverse DNS server
-Updating your whois information (if needed)
-Signing you up for ShadowServer reports
-Signing you up for monitoring of your blocks (up to 5 for free)
-Tutorial on using Looking Glasses to view your IP blocks and how they relate to other networks

All of this for $1200. This is a savings of over $800 with this promotion. Don’t wait. I only have limited slots available. I can put you on a payment plan (10% fee) or take a 20% deposit to secure the promotion for 60 days.

Optional Add ons
-Hosting a reverse DNS server for your IPs
-IPV6 Deployment plan
-Justification for getting on the waiting list for an IPV4 block
-BGP setup for Team CYMRU

You can e-mail me here for more details.

Packets Down Range #6:OpenWifi, iOT, RDOF,CBRS

Welcome to issue #6 of Packets Down Range. The thing I am excited about lately is the 100 Gig passive mux by solid optics. One of the hats I wear is running an IX. We are always looking for ways to best utilize our dark fiber assets to increase data rates. Keep those tips and articles coming. I am working on the Patreon edition, and it will be released shortly.

Data Center News

•Are Data Centers pricing themselves out of the market? Rising energy costs, increases in cross-connect fees, and just general price raising are causing more folks to look at moving more things into the cloud.

Building an IoT backbone


Interconnection & Peering

•Hurricane Electric expands to DataBank DFW1.


ISP News
•According to Leichtman Research Group, Verizon and T-Mobile added 15x more subscribers in Q3 2022 than the top 7 cable providers in the US combined.

101 most innovative Texas wireless companies according to beststartuptexas.com.

•Crosstown Fiber extends its footprint in the greater Chicago area.
Crosstown’s underground network is designed for customers who need access to resilient fiber pathways. The company will target school systems, large corporations, hyperscalers and data center operators, small cell wireless carriers, content providers, and municipal and other government agencies.

California Internet (GeoLinks) and Shenandoah Cable Television are the latest to be authorized by the FCC for their RDOF-winning bids. People’s communications in Texas is the latest to default on their bids. The full article can be read here.


Podcasts & Events
Inside Towers Podcast

•Willie Howe has a video on routers vs. firewalls.

Ohio Linux Professionals conference December 2nd and 3rd.


Other Industry News
•ARIN releases a new version of its RSA.

•FCC to release updated broadband map on November 18th

NTIA releases plans for all that BEAD money

•Netflix is still winning the streaming wars…for now.

•Does CBRS fall short? This article claims it does.

•What does your office do for fun or unique awards for employees?

•META moves away from connectivity. Will OpenWiFi suffer because of it?


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Notable Equipment

•Solid optics releases a new 8 Channel OWDM mux. What does this mean for you? You can run 8 100 gig waves over a passive mux system up to 20km. Each channel is 400 GHz.

•Juniper announces ACX7024 Metro Router.

WIFI 7 routers are on the way.


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