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Leveling up the Reno Collective network

April 9, 2015 | By |

Reno Collective has been at the “Arlington fishbowl” location now for nearly two years. When we moved in we purchased what we thought were amazing wifi access points, selected the best broadband provider available and lit up some ethernet ports around the space so we could provide some ability to “wire in.”

However, with our new setup, we were seeing a problem. Many of our members work remotely. In doing so, they live and die by VOIP services, Google Hangout, GoToMeeting and other video/audio streaming services to run their business. We started to see a little blip every 15-20 minutes. After talking to a lot of people, this was not uncommon even at their homes with the same provider. The little blip was just enough to knock people off their video calls or kick developers off SSH server sessions. Obviously, this is not ideal for a workspace.

Upgrading the internals

We did another massive upgrade to our network to make sure that we weren’t causing our own issues. First we moved away from our Ubiquiti access points and moved to a much more impressive Meraki access point. Then we upgraded our switch and ran more ethernet cables to rooms that were most likely to use streaming services so we could get them off the wireless network. With all of these changes, we hoped we could made some kind of dent in the problem. Nope. After too many fruitless calls with our current broadband company, we started looking for a new service provider and figured it was time to look for someone who could provide us with a fiber connection.

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Solving the blip: time for a change

In our search for fiber, we discovered that fiber infrastructure was all around our location and potentially available from multiple service providers  but getting it to local businesses remains a “last mile” problem.

The last mile or last kilometer is a phrase used by the telecommunications, cable television and internet industries to refer to the final leg of the telecommunications networks delivering communications connectivity to retail customers, the part that actually reaches the customer.

In our case, it was more of a “last hundred feet” problem but even so, getting the fiber from underground and into the building was going to be extremely cost prohibitive.

We gave up on our quest for fiber until someone unexpectedly reached out to us and expressed interest in what we do for the community and the kind of work our awesome members do each and every day.

Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications & Reno Collective

We’re now excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications (PST) to solve the last mile problem. This will allow us to provide the highest quality service to all of our members and visitors for getting work done, hosting high-tech hackathons, streaming video presentations like TEDxReno, classes and meetups.

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“PST’s partnership with the Reno Collective is hopefully the beginning of a trend. We are very excited about this opportunity,” said PST General Manager, Bob Marshall.

PST has been amazing to work with so far and our entire experience has been a refreshing change to working with past providers and look forward to growing with them in the future. Full speed ahead!

20 May

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Introducing Reno Collective’s new logo

May 20, 2014 | By |

One Year in the Fishbowl

We’ve been in the “Fishbowl” for a whole year now. This also starts the six-month countdown to Reno Collective’s five-year anniversary of having a physical space full of talented people who are a part of the future of work. With our 5 year anniversary approaching, we’re excited to announce a new logo.

Elements & Meaning

The Reno Collective name is well known in the area so we decided to go with a simpler logo that allows us to use it in ways that were not possible with our old one.

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The atom represents the most basic unit of matter. Without them, all things can not exist. Enough atoms in the right conditions give way to new and exciting elements and compounds. It is only fitting for the atom to represent collaboration and collision frequency. Put a high density of talented people, companies and ideas into an environment with just the right conditions and new ideas, companies and products will spark into existence.

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The lightning bolt represents a catalyst that causes a reaction or some kind of interaction to occur. At Reno Collective, catalysts can be anyone who is making the space and community more open to serendipitous collisions.

Adaptability & Various Use of Elements

The new logo allows flexibility that we did not have with the old logo. We can now use the various elements: the atom, lightning bolt and wordmark, independently depending on the context in which the logo is being used. The workmark and lightning bolt will be used frequently in website footers or narrow areas. Our new signage and shirts will bear the full atom with variations of the wordmark. The lone lightning bolt, with or without the wordmark, can also be incorporated into collaborative projects with other organizations.

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Looking forward

In the next few weeks, we will be launching some new projects to further help you achieve your goals as independent freelancers and startups. We’ve been talking about some of them for a while so we’re excited to finally make those happen and get them into your hands. Keep your eye here for more details!

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31 Jan

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All your developer meetups are belong to us

January 31, 2014 | By |

Too Many Meetups! We’re combining developer meetups into one Reno Developers Group.

You may have noticed that the developer community Reno has been growing by leaps and bounds. Along with that growth we’ve seen an explosion in the number of language specific meetups and groups. There’s RenoPHP, reno.js, NSReno, reno.rb, and that’s just the groups meeting at the Collective!

We keep hearing that it’s sometimes tough to get out to all the meetings in a month so starting in February we’re merging our meetup branches into master. All the groups will meet on the same night. Sound crazy? It might be but think of this: Now you don’t have to decide. Show up to our developer meeting, enjoy the top-notch presentations, and stick around afterwards to discuss the latest happenings in your language’s community.

Feel like hacking on something? That’s what hacknight is for! Hacknight is free and open to the public on the second Wednesday of each month from 5:30-10pm. Work on anything you like!

New combined meeting night: 4th Monday of each month from 6-8pm. The first will be on February 24th.