RouterFreak started out as a personal blog by Joe Wilson, to allow him to save little tweaks and tricks from his networking job.
Today, RouterFreak.com is a website dedicated to professional network engineers. Our hope is that this information that we use day to day to help us do our job, will help you too.
- Network Fundamentals to help new network engineers learning the important things fast, and old ones not forgetting them.
- Reviews of industry products to help assist you in any purchasing decisions you may have to make.
- Configuration Tips for the network engineer by us and guest writers. Hopefully this will help your next installation go more smoothly.
- Engineering tools to make your job go just a little easier. This is always handy especially when you forget something.
We try to keep the information here as fresh and accurate as possible. I hope you enjoy RouterFreak.com and please feel free to leave a comment. Comments are what makes websites come alive!
These are the people behind RouterFreak.com
Who We Are
I found I needed a place or repository that I could easily reference as I went from job to job. Every time I went to do a new project I would find myself looking for the same Visio files, or searching for that long lost config file from two projects ago that had just what I needed. So RouterFreak.com was born.
Joe Wilson is Senior Network Engineer and got CCNP, CCNA, CCDA and MCSE certifications.
I started with IT network security back in year 2000, with my first CheckPoint CCSE certification. From there I built a career in my country, Italy, working for different system integrators as a security engineer and product specialist.
In 2006 I moved to The Netherlands to work for Juniper Networks, first in JTAC supporting their security products (SRX, Netscreen, IDP) and later as PS consultant following security projects across Europe and Middle-East.
It has been a great ride!
After 12 years in the industry I shifted my focus and now I keep myself busy with websites and the exciting opportunities that the Web has to offer.
I joined RouterFreak in 2013, bringing my knowledge on both networking and the online world.
When not behind my Linux notebook, I’m traveling somewhere or dancing Salsa.
Valerio Plessi (contributor)
After I completed my Bachelor in Computer Engineering in Italy, my IT career started as code Developer for embedded microcontroller. I then decided to go back to school to pursue a Master, again in Computer Engineering, this time in the United States where I lived for almost two years.
During my studies, I worked as Graduate Research Assistant designing embedded electronic devices for remote monitoring. My work involved developing reliable protocols for data transfer among devices, so I started exploring the OSI model from the ground.
I realised that I really loved Networking so I decided to go down that road! Back to Europe, I joined Cisco Systems through the European Graduate Program in Belgium, during which I obtained several networking certifications: CCNA, CCNP, CCDP. One year after joining the company I achieved the CCIE Routing&Switching #24744.
In Cisco I initially worked as High Touch Technical Support Engineer providing assistance to customers all over the world. This role involved supporting many of the largest service providers (e.g. Verizon, AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica, Saudi Telecom) along with financial institutions and enterprises (e.g. JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, HSBC, Walmart, General Electric).
A couple of years later I moved to the United Kingdom switching to a Network Consulting Engineer position in Cisco Systems. This allowed me to gain experience from the proactive side of the networking business, as opposed to the reactive one when working in support. I had a chance to provide consultancy to customer such as British Telecom during the rollout of IPv6 and AT&T during a large infrastructure migration.
Few years later it was time for another change, so I left Cisco Systems to pursue new opportunities in the Network Consulting field.
In my free time I love travelling, taking photos and riding my motorbike!
Ingrid Beloša (contributor)
Back in 2008, I started my education as a student of English language and literature and Information Technology. I soon realized networking is my passion and decided to enroll in Cisco Networking Academy programs. I have finished CCNA and CCNP academies, and I am also CCNA certified (Routing & Switching, Security).
With the desire to pursue my career as a networking specialist, I continued further training in networking, striving to gain new skills and experience on a daily basis. I am currently preparing myself for CCNP certificates, enjoying the role of a network associate at work, and looking forward to new challenges.
As a networking enthusiast and at the beginning of my career, I am here to help you with networking concepts.
Thanks for Visiting and as Always … FREAK! – The RouterFreak Team