Paul Desmet is a self-taught IT expert with a passion for computers. He currently works as a network engineer at TechAccess, a distributer of IT products and solutions in the Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg). He also submitted one of the winning probes in the 2015 Ultimate Probes Challenge.
In our interview with him below, find out what he’s learned throughout his professional career, why he created his probe, and what he likes best about Intermapper.
8 questions with Paul Desmet
1. What brought you to a job in IT?
I’ve been interested in computers for a long time. I started developing an interest in all-things computers in 1974. I had to learn most things on my own. Throughout my professional career, I increased my knowledge by regularly following the right training. TechAccess gave me the opportunity for a support job in 2013.
2. What lessons have you learned over the years that might help others in the same career path?
- You are never too old to learn something, certainly when you are passionately interested in it.
- Never accept the obvious but try to understand what is happening behind it.
3. What 3 personality traits have helped you be successful in IT?
Focus, accuracy, and persistence.
4. How many devices do you monitor on a daily basis, and what kinds of devices are they?
On a daily basis, our company monitors between 2000 and 2500 wireless bridges from different brands across the Benelux.
5. Describe the probe you created. What equipment does it monitor?
The probe is used to monitor Radwin point-to-point and point-to-multipoint solutions. The probe gives information about the device used, its actual state, bandwidth, used frequencies, frequencies permitted or not, Ethernet statistics, wireless statistics, and a lot of useful parameters which help to monitor the wireless link in the form of a value or a graph on the screen and notifications in email.
6. What was the motivation behind creating this probe?
We use the probe intensively to monitor wireless broadband devices in order to be able to make the right decisions regarding maintenance, from remote error correction to interventions on-site.
Check out Paul’s probe and other wireless device monitoring probes.
7. How long have you used Intermapper and what do you like best about it?
I started learning Intermapper in 2013. Intermapper is a flexible tool to monitor network devices in a continuous way, and you can create an uncluttered network layout on your desktop or for the screen of a workstation or mobile device. Notifications do help to give a priority to your support cases.
8. What is the best movie you’ve seen lately?
John Carter: an American science fiction movie, by Andrew Stanton. The movie is based on the book A Princess of Mars from the Barsoom series, published in 1912 by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
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A big thanks to Paul for telling us about himself and his probe.
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