Friday, September 2, 2016

Update on Wi-Fi Stand: Looking Forward & Looking Back

I just wanted to post a quick update to the Wi-Fi Stand project. We've shipped to half a dozen countries, worked with a handful of different manufacturers, been spotted in the wild and a few awesome places, and have been able to stay on top of our orders keeping our customer smiling! We launched the painter's pole adapter for legacy APoAS (Access Points On A Stick) survey kits, and kept our costs down by producing 'em ourselves!

Since we launched in July it has been a really fun ride and we're looking forward to what the future of this can bring! Thinking about the future got me thinking about the past and I wanted to take a second to say thanks for all the hard work and creativity that got us up to this point by everyone on our team and everyone who has helped along the way.

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When I first saw this bracket at Interop, it was the all the buzz of all the wireless guys at the show. When we found out that Shawn (@GotWickedWifi) had made these in his garage specifically for the show, it represented a great moment where we could take something that was being done by hand and figure out a way to put a process behind it, while creating something of our own out of a great idea. After reaching out to him and moving forward on our own, we still hope to collaborate on future projects.

Knowing how much time I have invested in the details of this to make it fit what I needed it to do, and what I hope the industry needed it to do, I truly appreciate Shawn in his garage trying to figure out the right configuration for it. I imagine it's like the person who made the first shelf or coat hanger; something simple yet powerful. Picking up where he left off and figuring out how to make something unique out of a great concept, although difficult in and of itself, all started with his labor trying to tweak it. 


Early size comparisons of our design of the WiFi Stand
Since then, we've enlisted the help of people across the industry to help us figure out what the best way to produce this thing. After trying so many different configurations with all kinds of shapes, sizes, weights, and materials, we finally solidified our design. I can't thank everyone enough for the feedback, the attempts to break it, the drop tests, and the hours in laptop bags to make this what it is today.

Once we had our design, thanks to Eric and his mastery of Solid Works and relationships in manufacturing, we had to get the materials right, round out all the edges so it would travel well, and finally carve our name into it.




Now, with the adapter and a few great ideas to move forward with, we hope to help everyone in the industry find some simple ways to help hang some great equipment in an easy to use and quick way! Mario definitely has his hands full taking care of orders!!




If you'd like to help us out, please order today and let us know what we can do to change it to make it better serve you! Thank you so much for all of your support!

Also, this just proves that shows like Interop are way cooler than just the exhibits, sessions, or people you meet. You'll never know what you'll find at industry events! See ya there!



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