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Lee Dubé | About the Author

Lee Dubé | About the Author
Lee Dubé is the Director of Technical Support at AES Corporation. He is responsible for leading technical operations efficiency and managing product application activities. His focus is on continuous process improvement, account management, and projects that will enhance the Company’s global service and support efforts. Lee partners with the management team to support corporate initiatives and guides Technical Support staff to deliver customer service excellence, develop technical tips and solutions, provide technical training, and establish best practices that align with AES quality assurance standards. His background includes diverse experience at high tech software, data collection, and enterprise solution companies with a focus on fault tolerance as well as extensive knowledge of large end-to-end communication concepts and technology trends. Mr. Dubé attended Northern Essex Community College and is currently working toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management at Western Governors University.

Recent Posts

6 Steps for Performing a Quality Installation

Posted by Lee Dubé | About the Author on Aug 5, 2016 9:33:00 AM


Subscriber Installation

Performing a quality installation will ensure optimal performance of your AES-IntelliNet® mesh radio network. It will also provide the scalability necessary to rapidly grow your network and increase its resiliency. A comprehensive pre-installation AES Site Survey will equip the installer with valuable insight about the installation site. The site survey will reveal useful information such as:

  • Building construction information (whether the building is wood, concrete, metal, etc.)
  • Information about the distance from the Fire Alarm Control Panel (FACP), mounting location, etc. (this information is useful in estimating the amount of cabling, conduit, and wiring that will be necessary to complete the installation)
  • Network Connectivity (NetCon) at the site, meaning where in the building peak Radio Frequency (RF) performance be achieved.

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Preventative Maintenance

Posted by Lee Dubé | About the Author on Jun 14, 2016 3:16:35 PM


Preventative maintenance is an important part of managing your AES-IntelliNet® network.

The goal of a successful preventative maintenance program is to establish consistent Best Practices designed to improve performance and maintain optimum network health.  Generally speaking, a well maintained network performs better than a poorly maintained network.  The success of a preventative maintenance program is dependent on the cooperation of all stakeholders – network owners, central station operators, and technicians.

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3 AES Tech Tips for Alarm Dealers and Integrators

Posted by Lee Dubé | About the Author on Apr 8, 2016 1:42:56 PM
1. Plan Out Your Network

Network planning is the key component in building a robust and resilient AES-IntelliNet® network.  By investing the time to plan a network properly, using AES recommended guidelines, you will not only build a network that meets your needs today but also a network that is highly scalable for the future.  Poor planning can result in problems maintaining and growing your network.  AES has a team of experts available to work directly with alarm dealers and integrators to establish a solid game plan for both installing new networks or expanding an existing network.  If you’re looking to build a new network from the ground up, ask about our enhanced AES-IntelliStart service. If you want to optimize your existing network for peak performance, ask about our AES-Network Management System (NMS). To learn more about the critical aspects of building a powerful AES network, please read our previous blog post ‘How to Build an AES-IntelliNet® Network’ by Rick Distefano, a seasoned AES veteran.

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How to Build an AES Mesh Radio Network

Posted by Lee Dubé | About the Author on Mar 22, 2016 12:36:30 PM

Location, Location, Location 

The following guidelines are critical to the success of your AES-IntelliNet private wireless mesh radio network. Just like with real estate, “location, location, location” is key. IP Links are often installed in the alarm dealer’s or central monitoring station’s office for easy serviceability or due to the concern of losing a site after the network is built. The beauty of the IP Link is that it can be installed anywhere and that it should, if possible, be the center of your radio cloud or as close to the center as possible. Please see the example as illustrated in the diagram below. Note, the rings represent a 3 to 5 mile radius in distance. That distance between the AES subscribers is defined as level, link layer, or hops.

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