Rod Duckworth

Rod @ Hi-Speed

Rod Duckworth is the founder and owner of Hi-Speed Networking with many years experience in mechanical and electronic engineering, from some of the first onboard computerised automotive electronics systems through to the of many types and brands of hardware used in todays Desktop and Server systems from IBM, Compaq, HP, Octek and Intel.

Rod's expertise covers a multitude of different operating systems, from the early days of CPM, VAX, DRDOS, SuperDos, through Novell Netware, MAC OS, BSD SCO & True64 UNIX Systems, OS/2, Windows Desktop & Server, & the many flavours of Linux Today. His technical training is Electronics & Engineering and specialises in digital and analogue electronic repairs to board level, and has done so since 1976 working for many years, with number high profile electronic and business equipment companies such as IBM, performing training and technical services on retail sales equipment, through to board level electronic repairs on many different types of equipment, including some of the very first computerised POS systems in the world using short and long distance serial comms, to today's higher level networking communication technologies on various routers & switches such as Cisco, HP, Planet, Micronet, & Draytek. He has many years experience in business equipment particularly copiers and typewriters in the early days, to desktops servers, Micros and Minis today.

He draws on experience from involvement in a quit a diverse number of different industries giving him excellent diagnostic abilities in just about anything IT related..

His abilities enable him to perform services such as installation and certification of communications media from copper to Fibre and wireless, which also enables him to quickly diagnose communications problems that hinder the smooth operations of low level network protocols.

Rod's major interests include flying GA aircraft, design, building, modification, Dyno Tuning and testing of Fuel and Nitrous Oxide injected engines. Turbo and Super Charged V8 Drag Race motors were a specialty for a number of years, coupled with modification and reprogramming of Electronic Engine Control Management systems. Electronic circuit design and building has always been a flare and he holds qualifications in "Electronics and Communications", as well as a number aviation endorsements and qualifications with flying experience since the early 1980s.

Having a sound technical ability and understanding in Electro Mechanical and Digital / Analogue repairs, meant he was constantly bombarded with requests to repair various electronics devices, so Rod decided to start a new business called Hi-Speed Networking in 1992. 

At that time the business was primarily focused on servicing and supporting automotive electronics, so Rod continued to specialise in automotive computers (EEM & ECM's), but TV's, Hi-Fi Audio and Video, along with general electronics  became popular for him to repair through word of mouth.

As Rod had many years with hospitality IT systems, having a lean towards "Point of Sale" (POS) equipment from vendors such as Micros, IBM etc, computer LAN's became very popular, and hence became a major component of the Hi-Speeds business.

Rod has a unyielding interest in all things technical in Physics, Chemistry, Marine Biology and electronics and possesses an exceptional ability to teach technical subjects, conducting in-depth technical courses for many individuals and computer groups to large companies such as IBM.

Rod is often called upon by the State and Federal Police to gather evidence & perform duties in Cyber Criminal investigations and appear as an expert witness for the Crown in prosecution cases.

Hi-Speed Networking and its team of technicians are always up to date knowledgeable on all the latest I.T. technologies available, as well those new and emerging technologies just around the corner.