2017 – Back in the Game!

Hi! It’s been awhile since I’ve written a blog post; it’s been too long actually. The first half of 2016 MetaGeek suffered internal growing pains typical of startups as they mature. I stepped out of the role of Product Owner to focus my attention on “CEO” stuff. We also started exploring other markets for our WiFi tools and expertise… and before I knew it a year had passed since we had released a major update to Chanalyzer, inSSIDer Office and Eye P.A. Whoops!!

So, I sat down in December with our leadership team and made a commitment that in 2017 we would focus on providing value to our primary customers through short, iterative development cycles… like we used to. We have already finished minor updates for Chanalyzer and inSSIDer Office this year. The inSSIDer Office update is experimenting with a new framework to allow us to have a beta channel that any user can opt into. This beta channel will allow us to test out new ideas and get feedback from customers faster.

Mike and Vanessa pairing on Chanalyzer

We are also redesigning MetaCare to provide more value to customers, so stay tuned for news regarding MetaCare.

I apologize for getting distracted in 2016. This year 2017 we are committed to developing awesome products that provide insight and understanding into WiFi, and improve overall network health… I think it’s going to be an awesome year!

~Ryan Woodings

Stopping the IoT Botnets

As the Internet of Things (IoT) has gained popularity and momentum with WiFi Crockpots and “smart” toothbrushes, it was only a matter of time until IoT devices were hacked… and that time has come. The recent DDoS attacks haven’t relied on hacked consumer devices though, they have been hijacking early industrial CCTV webcams and other enterprise equipment. Which means network administrators have the potential to prevent similar attacks from happening.

Security camera

In the News – Why Companies Are Moving Back Downtown

Governing Magazine recently published an article about why companies are moving back downtown and it featured MetaGeek!

Each semester, MetaGeek seeks the help of a handful of student interns from Boise State University. “Being 20 minutes away from campus,” Woodings says, “we could only get students who had a car and had certain class schedules.”

So MetaGeek did what a lot of companies are doing these days. It moved downtown. The student interns are now able to bike over to the office between classes. In the afternoons, MetaGeek employees can take walks on the nearby greenbelt that runs through town along the Boise River. If they want to bike home, the city runs a bicycle rental program and has an expanding network of dedicated bike lanes. “Downtown Boise is where everything is,” Woodings says. “When you have a lunch meeting, or get coffee with a client, it’s always downtown.”

Owyhee Building in Downtown Boise

MetaGeek did what a lot of companies are doing these days. It moved downtown. (Courtesy of the OWYHEE)

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