Training Course

Purchasing Wireless Networks and Services

  • PWNS
  • £995 +VAT
  • 1 day
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Why this course?

This high value one-day course will:

  • Pay for itself many times over
  • Show you how to purchase Wi-Fi networks and services that WORK
  • Show you how to cut CAPEX by 30% on average
  • Explain the key stages of professional Wi-Fi network procurement
  • Help you understand the jargon of Wi-Fi networks and other types of wireless systems
  • Enable you to understand more about Wi-Fi networks than the sales people you encounter
  • Enable you to explain why almost every supplier’s WiFi Site Survey is unfit for purpose
  • Enable you to select the best supplier for your needs
  • Help you to put in place a meaningful and enforceable contract with your supplier
  • Put you in control of purchasing
  • Show you how to spot the Wireless Security Danger signs – how to know immediately if you are vulnerable

If you or your organisation are buying, replacing or managing Wi-Fi networks – you need this course.

Training Course Objectives

On completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the key stages of successful Wi-Fi network projects
  • Know more about Wi-Fi than the salesperson in front of you
  • Avoid the 12 major pitfalls that sabotage most Wi-Fi network projects
  • Define cutting-edge specifications for your future Wi-Fi networks that will guarantee their success
  • Enter into contracts with suppliers that put YOU in control
  • Understand Wi-Fi network Planning, Design, Survey, Procurement, Installation, Configuration, WCC-PIAS™ / Validation, Monitoring, Management, Metrics, Support and Troubleshooting
  • Understand the key terminology used in modern Wi-Fi networks
  • Understand the 5x Cs of Wi-Fi network design
  • Understand the Strengths and Weaknesses of the major Wi-Fi vendors/manufacturers
  • .. and much more ..

Who should attend this course

  • Everyone with an interest or responsibility for procuring or managing fit-for-purpose Wi-Fi networks and services – and reducing CAPEX by up to 30%.

Course Pre-requisites

Experience in IT procurement or management is helpful but is not necessary.

Lifetime Post-Course Support

After completing this 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.

Training Course Content

WiFi Purchasing Seminar, UK Content

  • Please note that we use the common Internet search term “WiFi” in addition to the correct term “Wi-Fi”

Introduction to WiFi Networking

  • The Wireless Network industry
  • Wireless LAN manufacturers / vendors
  • Wireless LAN applications
  • Wireless terminology
  • Standards Organisations
  • International regulations for WiFi and other wireless technologies
  • The IEEE 802.11 family of (WiFi) standards
  • IEEE 802.11, 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac, 802.11ax
  • Wi-Fi Alliance standardisation
  • Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA)

More WiFi and wireless technologies

  • IEEE 802.11h, i, e, k, r, s, u, v
  • WiGig – 802.11ad
  • White-Fi (TVHT) – 802.11af
  • Wi-Fi HaLow (S1G) – 802.11ah
  • Wireless Peer-to-Peer networking
  • 802.11 Ad Hoc WLAN concepts
  • Mesh WiFi networks
  • Wi-Fi Direct
  • Apple AirDrop

Understanding Wireless Basics

  • The basics of radio waves
  • RF channels and channel reuse
  • RF spectra: S1G, 2.4GHz, 5GHz, 24GHz, 60GHz
  • Radios and antennas
  • Data rates and ranges
  • Common sources of RF Interference
  • Unravelling WiFi jargon ..

Wireless Bridge Links

  • Understanding Bridging
  • How can you save money by using Wireless Bridge Links?
  • How to assess the viability of wireless links
  • Budgetary costs
  • City wireless networks
  • Smart Cities

Defining Your WiFi Network Requirements

  • How do we determine the requirements of WiFi users?
  • The most important issues when planning a WiFi deployment
  • WiFi network specifications – why most companies get it wrong
  • The importance of fit-for-purpose Specifications
    • The definitive WiFi RF Network “Coverage” Specification
    • Definitive Capacity Planning
  • Expressing your requirements
  • Making your requirements contractual

Assessing Enterprise WiFi Vendors

  • Who are the major WiFi product manufacturers?
  • What are their product ranges?
  • How do they compare?
  • Tough questions to ask your suppliers
  • What to look for in a supplier
  • The bidding process

WiFi Security

  • The different types of wireless network attacks
  • How serious are the threats?
  • Danger signs – how to know immediately if you are vulnerable
  • Understanding WiFi Protected Access (WPA)
    • WPA Personal
    • WPA Enterprise
  • What is 802.1X/EAP?
  • What is RADIUS / AAA authentication?
  • How do we implement AAA?
  • Wireless Intrusion: Detection versus Prevention
  • What you need from a wireless Intrusion Prevention System (WIPS)?
  • How do we ensure wireless endpoint security?
  • WiFi security auditing

WiFi Network Management

  • Why is WiFi network management such an important issue?
  • What needs to be done?
  • What are the challenges when managing WiFi networks?
  • How to manage WiFi networks and services for maximum availability and performance

Site Surveys, Design and Implementation

  • Why the term “Site Survey” is an oxymoron statement
  • Why every supplier’s WiFi Site Survey is probably unfit for purpose
  • Understanding the process of Wireless network Planning and Design
  • Coverage requirements
  • Capacity requirements
  • Security requirements
  • What are the different types of wireless site survey?

Training and Support

  • Why is training required for wireless network support?
  • What skills will my wireless network support team require?
  • What training will my IT staff require?
  • What are the most common problems and support issues with WiFi networks?
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