Training Course

Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA)

  • CWNA
  • £2,995 +VAT
  • 5 days
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Why this CWNA course?

This Superior course from LEVER – the World’s First CWNP GOLD Learning Partner (2009 – 2016) – includes:

  • Expert training and preparation towards your CWNA examination
  • Hands-on training with enterprise-grade Wi-Fi equipment
  • Advanced coverage of Wi-Fi network Planning, Design and Site Survey*
  • On-line access to the WCC™ Test Prep Questions for the WCC™ CWNM™ exam*
  • WCC-600 CWNM Theory Exam Voucher*
  • WCC-610 CWNM Practical Exam Voucher*
  • Full-colour printed 550+ page copies of the WCC CWNM Training Courseware – 2x books*
  • Comprehensive, Sybex CWNA-108 6th Edition Study Guide – the Study Guide preferred by experienced Wi-Fi network engineers
  • Expert advice from the World’s leader in Wi-Fi network Planning, Design, Survey, Analysis and Remediation*
  • Lifetime Post-Training Support from LEVER Technology Group PLC*

* Benefits not available on other CWNA courses

CWNA Training Course Objectives

On completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand and apply the essential concepts of Radio Frequency (RF) technology, including RF planning, RF-related calculations and spread spectrum technologies.
  • Perform RF Spectrum Analysis for the 2.4GHz, 5GHz and 6GHz (Wi-Fi 6E) bands.
  • Describe the rules governing wireless LANs, to comply with local radio regulations for setup and maintenance of WLANs.
  • Describe the fundamental operation of wireless LANs, for effective WLAN problem analysis and troubleshooting.
  • Understand IEEE 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11a, 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5), 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) and Wi-Fi 6E standards and amendments; and their practical relevance in depth.
  • Learn about the upcoming Wi-Fi 7 standard – IEEE 802.11be.
  • Correctly install, configure and support Wi-Fi adapters, access points, wireless bridges and WLAN antennas.
  • Understand 802.11 / Wi-Fi WLAN Physical and MAC -layer operation in depth.
  • Describe and troubleshoot WLAN problems including RF coverage, multipath, hidden nodes and interference problems.
  • Understand the tools and processes used in WiFi Site Survey.
  • Work with sophisticated WLAN diagnostic tools from Ekahau, MetaGeek, Savvius, Tamosoft and more.
  • Describe the insecurities inherent in IEEE 802.11 WLANs.
  • Apply best security practices, including WPA2, WPA3 and OWE to secure Wi-Fi networks for small, medium and large organisations.

Who should attend this CWNA course

  • IT professionals and network engineers responsible for installing or supporting 802.11 (Wi-Fi) Wireless networks.
  • IT professionals wanting to progress within the wireless network industry.
  • Network planners, designers and support staff.
  • IT Security staff, managers and auditors.

CWNA Course Pre-requisites

Before joining the course, students should:

  • Understand switched Ethernet LANs and MAC addressing;
  • Understand IP addressing, configuration and troubleshooting;
  • Have practical experience in Administration and Troubleshooting of Microsoft Windows 10, macOS or Linux.

CWNA Certification

This course helps attendees prepare for the Certitrek CWNA-108 exam.

Hands-on Practicals

This market-leading Enterprise WiFi course incorporates extensive hands-on practical sessions including:

  • RF maths calculations, including EIRP for different scenarios and antenna selections
  • Configuring Controller-based and/or Cloud-based Wi-Fi networks
  • Performing RF Spectrum Analysis
  • Wi-Fi Network Survey using Ekahau Pro
  • Understanding Wi-Fi RF Visualisations (Heat Maps)
  • Configuring WPA2 and WPA3 security on Wi-Fi networks
  • Troubleshooting a range of Wi-Fi network problems
  • Working with exterprise-grade Wi-Fi equipment
  • Using and analysing PoE and PoE+
  • Hands-on exam preparation questions in class and on-line
  • WCC™ WCC-610 CWNM Practical Exam #1
  • WCC™ WCC-610 CWNM Practical Exam #2
  • WCC™ WCC-610 CWNM Practical Exam #3

Lifetime Post-Course Support

After completing this CWNA training course, delegates receive lifetime post-training support from LEVER Technology Group, to help them apply the technologies and skills they have learned with us, to provide career-long support, and to ensure they are better equipped for their future roles in IT and networking.

CWNA Training Course Content

Introduction to WLAN Standards

  • Introduction to WLAN industry organisations
  • Discussion of protocol standards and compliance
  • Overview of 802.11 standard and amendments
  • Discussion of additional networking standards
  • Regulatory domains and their impact

Radio Frequency (RF) Fundamentals

  • RF propagation
  • Properties of RF waves
  • Types of power loss and environmental impact on radio waves
  • Spread spectrum, modulation, and coding
  • Channels and bandwidth

Antennas

  • Antenna fundamentals
  • Polarisation and gain
  • Types of WLAN antennas
  • Antenna systems
  • Antenna implementation and safety
  • RF cables, connectors, and accessories

RF Math

  • RF units of measurement
  • Basic RF math
  • RF signal measurements
  • Link budgets

Regulatory Domains

  • Regulatory domains
  • Regulatory bodies and frequency bands
  • Output power rules and examples

WLAN Operation

  • Basic WLAN hardware
  • Basic operating modes
  • WLAN hardware
  • WLAN connectivity
  • WLAN architecture
  • Wireless Network Management Systems (WNMS)

Power over Ethernet (PoE)

  • PoE device types
  • Power delivery
  • Planning for PoE
  • PoE standards

802.11 Service Sets

  • Service set types
  • Authentication and association
  • Network infrastructure
  • Roaming within a WLAN
  • Load-balancing

Basic WLAN Analysis

  • Protocol analysis
  • 802.11 frame types
  • Protection mechanisms
  • Power saving operations
  • Transmission rates
  • WiFi packet capture

Coordinating Frame Transmissions

  • Introducing CSMA/CA
  • Distributed Coordination Function (DCF)
  • WLAN QoS, 802.11e, WMM

Understanding 802.11n (HT) – WiFi 4

  • 802.11n PHY and MAC layer enhancements
  • MIMO and SISO systems
  • 40MHz channels
  • A-MSDU, A-MPDU
  • HT coexistence mechanisms
  • HT integration and deployment
  • HT site surveying and analysis

Understanding 802.11ac (VHT) – WiFi 5

  • 802.11ac PHY and MAC layer enhancements
  • Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO)
  • 80MHz and 160MHz channels
  • 256-QAM

Understanding 802.11ax (HE) – WiFi 6 and 6E

  • 802.11ax PHY and MAC layer enhancements
  • 1024-QAM
  • Understanding OFDMA, subchannels, GI, Resource Units (RU)
  • Downlink OFDMA, Uplink OFDMA
  • Challenges of WiFi 6 packet capture
  • OBSS, BSS Colour and Spatial Reuse
  • Target Wait Time (TWT)
  • 6GHz spectrum, WiFi 6E

Overview of Draft Standard 802.11be (EHT) – Wi-Fi 7

  • Multi-band/multi-channel aggregation
  • Multi-Access Point Coordination
  • HARQ
  • Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) extensions
  • Direct Links

WLAN Design and Site Survey

  • How should Wi-Fi networks be Engineered?
  • The vital need for Specifications
  • Planning a WLAN deployment
  • Understanding Wi-Fi network Design
  • When is on-site RF survey necessary?
  • Gathering information
  • Heat Mapping Site Surveys
  • Site survey types: Active, Passive, Hybrid
  • Spectrum analysis for site surveys
  • Survey deliverables

Basic Security

  • Importance of WLAN security
  • Security policy
  • Legacy WLAN security mechanisms
  • Modern WLAN security mechanisms
  • Baseline WLAN security practices

Modern Challenges (BYOD and Guest Access)

  • Mobile Device Management (MDM)
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
  • Guest access
  • High density basics

WiFi Troubleshooting

  • Best Practices for WiFi Troubleshooting
  • WiFi troubleshooting tools
  • WiFi Protocol Analysers
  • Layer 1 troubleshooting
  • Troubleshooting WiFi network design
  • Troubleshooting WiFi Signal Strength, WiFi Interference, Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR)
  • Hidden Node, Exposed Node
  • Layer 2 troubleshooting
  • Troubleshooting WiFi throughput
  • Troubleshooting WiFi Security
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