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Hi, I’m Rowell

This is my personal blog where I discuss and share technical topics from network engineering, wireless, and network automation.

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What I’m Working On

I did a live stream 7 days straight to discuss network engineering during this weird time. I’m doing this to challenge to myself in public speaking & to encourage myself to do more learning and labbing. I will continue to do a live stream regularly.

Recently passed  the Cisco DevNet Associate and now I’m helping others learn so they can work towards automating and managing network devices more efficiently and obtain the DevNet Associate certification.


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It's time to parse XML using Python. I've learned how to use the requests module to form a GET request to a network device. Taking the response, I convert it into a string which will be fed to xml minidom to create an XML variable containing the content I want. From that content, I'll parse out specific information using XML elements and attributes. I found this useful for studying the Cisco DevNet Associate.

If you start to think the problem is ‘out there,’ stop yourself. That thought is the problem.

— Stephen Covey

Technology and Imagery

Playing with technology. Borrowing moments in a photograph.

I focus on Wi-Fi. Designing, configuring and testing connectivity for enterprise companies. When I’m not doing Wi-Fi I’m traveling, eating, and wandering.

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Featured Posts

Cisco CML-P External Connector Connectivity

In order to properly manage your Cisco CML-P simulated devices, the VMware ESXi vSwitch needs to be configured to allow Promiscuous mode and Forged transmits. This allows ping and other management traffic to pass through the CML-P virtual machine.

Disaggregated Routing Software

Is now the time to disaggregate the network and deploy a cloud-native network operating system? DriveNets aims to revolutionize the way Service Providers run their networks.

Start Coding: Learn Python The Hard Way 3

This is my experience into learning Python from a network engineer’s perspective. Previously, I started this path with Zero Knowledge of Coding. Is Learn Python The Hard Way 3 (LPTHW3) the best place to start coding? Sure! One of the worst things you can do is spend endless amounts of time figuring out where to […]

Keeping Up With The Resolutions

Every year we go through the same old motions. We recap the previous year, add up all our wins and compare it to our losses and think, what happened to my resolutions? There aren’t many people who set resolutions and there’s an even smaller percentage of people who are successful in achieving them. BEGIN. Resolutions […]