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Certified Wireless Network Administrator

A 5 day
training course
**Due to the current COVID-19 isolation rules all our courses are being delivered via virtual instructor led learning until further notice**

CWNA training course description

A hands-on course focusing on the technical support of WiFi. Wireless LANs are often seen as simple communications that are simply installed and then left alone to work. This course ensures that delegates will be able to install WiFi networks which work but also enable the delegates to troubleshoot WiFi when it does go wrong.

Key outcomes from this course

By the end of the course delegates will be able to:
  • Compare 802.11 standards.
  • Configure WiFi networks.
  • Troubleshoot WiFi networks using spectrum analysers, Wireshark and other tools.
  • Implement 802.11 security.
  • Perform RF surveys.

CWNA training course details

Who will benefit:
Technical staff working with WiFi networks.
Anyone wishing to pass the CWNA exam.
Intro to data communications & networking
5 days

Training approach

This structured training course seeks to build upon workbook learning through the use of group exercises, dynamic discussion and individual tasks in order to deliver an engaging and interactive module that will ensure all candidates are able to transfer their new skills into the workplace.

Overall ratings for this course:

Course review

"Great teaching with in depth discussion."
J. S. Reed Business Information
"I'm working in WiFi, it provides an invaluable insight."
B. M. Purdicom

CWNA training course contents

History, standards.

RF fundamentals
What is RF? Wavelength, Frequency, Amplitude, Phase. Wave behaviour. RF components. Watts, mW, dB, SNR, Link budgets. Hands on: Spectrum analysis. Listing WiFi networks. WiFi connection. inSSIDer.

Radiation envelopes, polar charts, gain, Antenna types. Line of Sight, MIMO.
Hands on: Connecting, installing, changing antennae. RSSI values.

802.11-2007, 802.11 post 2007, 802.11 drafts. 802.11 b/g/n.
Hands on: WiFi performance measurement.

Spread Spectrum
RF frequency bands, FHSS, DSSS, OFDM. Channels.
Hands on: Configuring channels.

Mesh, Access points, distribution systems, SSID.
Hands on: AP configuration. Client connection profiles.

802.11 MAC
CSMA/CA, Management frames, control frames, data frames. Passive scanning, active scanning. Open system authentication. Shared Key authentication. Association. RTS/CTS. Power management.
Hands on: Capturing frames, analysing frames.

WiFi architecture WiFi client, WLAN architecture: Autonomous, Centralised, distributed. WiFi bridges. WiFi routers. PoE.
Hands on: WLAN controllers.

RF interference, multipath, adjacent channels, low SNR, mismatched power. Coverage, capacity.

802.11 Security
Basics, Legacy security: WEP, MAC filters, SSID cloaking. PSK, 8021.X/EAP, WPA/WPA2. TKIP/CCMP encryption. Guest WLANs. Wireless attacks, intrusion monitoring.
Hands on: WEP cracking, WPA2 configuration. RADIUS.

WiFi security monitoring
Wireless Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems. Device classification, WIDS/WIPS analysis. Monitoring. 802.11w.
Hands on: Laptop spectrum analysers.

RF Site surveys
Protocol and spectrum analysis, coverage analysis. Site survey tools.
Hands on: Performing a site survey.

Why Choose Us

SNT trainers score an average of over 90% on the three main areas of:
  • Ability to teach
  • Technical knowledge
  • Answering questions
“Excellently presented by a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic trainer.” P.D. General Dynamics

We limit our maximum class size to 8 delegates; often we have less than this. This ensures optimal interactivity between delegates and instructor.
"Excellent course. The small class size was a great benefit…" M.B. IBM

We write our own courses; courseware does not just consist of slides and our slides are diagrams not bullet point text. A typical chapter provides clearly defined objectives with a chapter overview, slides with text underneath, a quiz at the end to check the learning of the students. Hands on exercises are at the end and are used to reinforce the theory.

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