About Mike Heider

Mike has celebrated 12 years with Peters & Associates. As Infrastructure Architect, Mike is responsible for design and deployment of robust network and security solutions to help carry our valued clients into the future. Mike specializes on the ‘plumbing’ side of IT, dealing with routing, switching, wireless and security throughout. He has received certifications from multiple vendors, such as CCNP, CCNP Security and MCSE.

Meraki Guest Wireless Access Made (REALLY) Easy

The shortest path between two points is a straight line, but is it always the right answer? Want to spin up a new SSID, give it access to the Internet and call the guest wireless problem on your network solved?  Over the years, this is one (albeit cheap) way organizations have been allowing guest access [...]

By |2018-12-18T11:44:36-05:00December 13th, 2018|Infrastructure Services|Comments Off on Meraki Guest Wireless Access Made (REALLY) Easy

Auditing firewalls – Tips for wading through the swamp

Tread Lightly and Backup Often Documenting and cleaning up any firewall can seem like a very daunting task and should not to be taken lightly.  Over the years, it is very likely that applications have come and gone from your organization - has anyone gone back through your firewalls and removed the access legacy services [...]

By |2018-12-18T11:10:12-05:00September 14th, 2018|Security Solutions|Comments Off on Auditing firewalls – Tips for wading through the swamp

Documenting a Network 101

Everything is a learning process … for those who have time If you’re like a lot of network admins these days, finding time to document a network can be difficult.  There are number of automated network diagramming tools out on the market today, but they can be fairly expensive and the cost might not be [...]

By |2018-12-18T11:47:45-05:00June 18th, 2018|Infrastructure Services|Comments Off on Documenting a Network 101

Meraki MV21/71 Product Review – UPDATE!

“Life moves pretty fast.  If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller In the quote above, you could change the word “Life” to “Technology” and the saying still applies 100%.  As I mentioned in my previous blog, Meraki is continuously coming out with new features [...]

By |2018-12-18T12:07:43-05:00March 16th, 2018|Security Solutions|Comments Off on Meraki MV21/71 Product Review – UPDATE!

Product Review – Meraki MV21/71

Not your Mom and Dad’s video surveillance system One of the newest additions to the Meraki portfolio is the MV line of security cameras, which came out in 2016.  Much like its networking based siblings, it features a single pane of glass for that Meraki look and feel that we’ve all become accustomed to.  I’m [...]

By |2018-12-18T11:33:17-05:00January 19th, 2018|Advisory Services|Comments Off on Product Review – Meraki MV21/71

No “miracle supplements” required – addressing wireless performance issues

Ever get the sneaking suspicion that technology is out to get you?  Does your network go down when your fellow employees go to lunch?  Wi-Fi can feel like magic – but it isn’t – it’s radio waves.  A variety of things can interfere with these radio waves making your wireless connection weaker and more unreliable.  [...]

By |2018-12-18T11:53:42-05:00October 27th, 2017|Infrastructure Services|Comments Off on No “miracle supplements” required – addressing wireless performance issues

Designing a loop-free, redundant network

IT departments have many responsibilities these days, but the main jobs can be boiled down to making sure your users have the technology, access, and speed that they need to complete their job. The quality of your network plays an out-sized role in determining the quality of experience for your users. If you’re ready for [...]

By |2018-12-18T11:55:13-05:00August 16th, 2017|Infrastructure Services|Comments Off on Designing a loop-free, redundant network

Am I utilizing and securing my network devices to the fullest extent? – Guidelines to the low hanging fruit of your network.

My network is installed and running, now what? You wouldn’t believe all the neat functionality, otherwise known as IEEE standards, vendors pack into modern switches.  You also wouldn’t believe how many times these options meant to harden and protect your network infrastructure, go un-implemented.  (Disclaimer:  turning on some of these options can impact the availability [...]

By |2018-12-18T11:56:40-05:00June 9th, 2017|Infrastructure Services|Comments Off on Am I utilizing and securing my network devices to the fullest extent? – Guidelines to the low hanging fruit of your network.

Is my Wireless Infrastructure fast enough? – Navigating the waters of 802.11

Are you thinking of upgrading your wireless network to the latest IEEE ratified release of alphabet soup, designed to make your head spin with how fast your end users are able to complete their jobs and other responsibilities?  In this article, you will discover some of the mines and other underwater obstacles you may face when [...]

By |2018-12-18T11:58:12-05:00March 13th, 2017|Infrastructure Services|Comments Off on Is my Wireless Infrastructure fast enough? – Navigating the waters of 802.11