Rod Duckworth

Rod @ Hi-Speed

Rod Duckworth is the founder and owner of Hi-Speed Networking with over 42 years experience in mechanical and electronic engineering and design.

Rod was into all things electrical as a child from approx 5 when his uncle, an Electrician,  lit up his life by showing him how to get a battery and light bulb to work, at that was it. From then on he was captivated by electricity and the world of electronics.

He later studied electronic from an early age of 12 whilst at High School, and whilst at school started working part time in Electronics. 

After leaving school, whilst still working in electronics, and attending technical college he went on to formall study Electronics and Engineering, and enrolled at North Sydney's TAFE for the E&C course, whilst working in industrial electronics and hydraulics with his father, the lead plant engineer for a clothing factory, working on Hydronic presses and high speed industrial machines. 

There were no computers as such available to the public in those days, but electronics was creeping into specialised discrete machinery, and discreet component CPU's from Zialog, NEC and Motorola and Rockwell were available and so a passion to build and modify computers became the norm.

A strong interest developed in Physics and Chemistry, then a wide interest in telephony and amature radio spawned thanks to several friends, which later saw him move into business equipment and later on to automotive computers systems of many types.

Through his quest for how things worked, Rod cracked the security on what was termed then as the most secure card system in the world in 1984, which took him on one hell of an adventure, and this cemented his path in the field of cracking other security systems.

As personal computers entered the market, and a multitude of different operating systems became available, Rod started learning the early operating systems, from CPM, DRDOS, SuperDos, Novel, Unix, OS/2, Windows, Linux etc.

Rod also specialises in digital and analogue electronic repairs to component or board level, and has so done since 1976, and still fixes circuit boards for some specialised brands of Air Conditioning and security systems, Audio and Computers motherboards id needed.

Rod has worked for many years, for and with number high profile companies like electronic and business equipment companies, from training of IBM technicians, retail sales companies, through to electronic workshop repairs on many different types of equipment including some of the very first computerised CPM POS systems in the world.

to networking communications kit such as Cisco routers and switches, HP and Micronet hubs, and business equipment including 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.

His ability to perform services such as installation and certification of communications media from copper to Fibre and wireless, gives him an ability 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 endorsments 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 and electronic and an exceptional ability to teach, and has conducted in depth technical training for many individual people to computer groups to large companies such as IBM.

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.