Here are some of my top things Wi-Fi engineers do:
- Answer escalated support calls for every single individual laptop issue, whether it's related to wireless or not
- Are constantly called into security meetings, to discuss the same topics, over and over again
- Respond to statements about how "wireless networks are inherently insecure / can't be trusted?"... every week, by someone inserting their opinions / 2 cents into something they know nothing about
- Regularly work on their laptops while outside / on the roof / in a freezer, at sub-zero temperatures
- Appear lost because they are constantly roaming the hallways with a laptop, looking up at the ceiling
- Typically have 3 (or more) dongles sticking out of their laptop for some weird reason
- Are never available at their desks because they like to walk around (see #5)
- Talk gibberish that includes acronyms that even other network engineers don't know the meanings to, such as RSN, WPA, PMK, dBm, etc.
- Explain why consumer Wi-Fi routers found at the local electronics store aren't sufficient for use within your organization, despite being 1/5th the cost of what they say they "need"
- Request funding for more access points in an area that already has wireless access, citing "behavioral changes in the use of this space" ... blah, blah, blah
- Run out and buy the latest portable gadgets once they're available, despite not having any real use for it
- Are constantly reading new books, articles, whitepapers. Reading, reading, reading....
What other tasks do Wi-Fi engineers do? Please share your list.