About

🙂 Hello, and Welcome to the site! 🙂

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It’s me, in Russia!

My name is Alex Gray, Network Engineer and enthusiast!

I want to start off by telling you why I got into this field, and why I created this website.

I used to work in the service industry…Think retail, kitchen worker, bus boy, package handler at a major delivery company–things like that.

Needless to say it wasn’t fun and I was miserable. I had an associates degree, but it never got me paid much more than minimum wage. Frankly, I wasn’t worth much more than minimum wage.

Then I met my wife. She put a fire under my butt and I wanted to be able to provide for us, for my family. I decided it was time to go back to school and finish that degree I started.

I had to pick a field and I absolutely fell in love with networking. I finished the last leg of my Bachelor’s degree in 1.5 years by taking more credits than average, with summer and winter classes. I picked up three CompTIA Certifications along the way.

While going through an intense training academy at Cisco, I won an award for being a star student, and what they said about me was that I, “oozed enthusiasm for networking”. That couldn’t be more true. I don’t know if there’s anyone who loves networking more than me.

As you may have picked up from the paragraph above, I no longer work in food or retail service. I make enough money to provide for my family, and I have a job that I love waking up to.

Ask me in the beginning if I ever thought this was possible, and I might have told you, “maybe”.

Well I will tell you now it is possible, with hard work and dedication.

It wasn’t an easy road to get here, but the time and money I spent investing in myself and in my knowledge paid off.

I want to share my knowledge with other dedicated students of the industry so we can all succeed together.

My most rapid success has came from studying, and applying the concepts I study through lab exercises.

By studying the material and resources I provide on this website, and completing the lab challenges I create–you will become great at networking. We can become masters together.

Check out my blog  to see my latest lessons and findings.

I love to teach, I love to share what I have learned through time, study, and experience, and I hope that you will find useful content here.

Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn, Check out my Github, or contact me with any questions.


He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.

-Thomas Jefferson