This Ain't Your Momma's Round TableBy CWNP On 02/09/2009 - 12 Comments
My brain hurts. The last two weeks have been spent with the industry's finest wireless engineers and instructors pouring over the industry's technology direction, the need for specific certifications, exam objective topics, hundreds of exam questions, and so much more. To say the least, it has given me a bit of a headache. :-) The last two weeks were the CWNE Round Table (RT) events here at the CWNP HQ office in Atlanta, GA. Wonderful things came from both weeks, and much was learned from many hours of discussion among so many experienced engineers. Many changes to the program were made that will be announced at the appropriate time, and believe me, we are looking forward to announcing them as much as you are looking forward to hearing them! I want to say a big thanks to the 22 CWNEs for their hard work in making this year's CWNE Round Tables unbelievably productive and beneficial to the CWNP program. I also want to give a HUGE shout out to two special people:
Marcus Burton - CWNP Lab Engineer (for documenting a mind-numbing amount of information over the last 2 weeks)
Abbey Cole - CWNP Office Manager (who made both CWNE Round Tables possible by coordinating all logistics from start to finish)
Normally, I would give you detailed information about all of the great things that were decided, but the tricky part about this year's RT events is that most everything that was decided is still a bit of a secret. Keep your eyes glued to the CWNP website over the coming months to watch it all unfold. :-) I will give you a bit of a glimpse into the mind of the CWNE Round Table in the form of a sample question.
An HT QoS AP in a Split MAC architecture is L3-tunneled to its controller cluster across a L2 Ethernet switch that is L3 aware, but not configured to trust ingress L3 QoS values from the AP. An associated QoS STA has transmitted an uplink QoS Data frame marked with DSCP and UP values destined to an application server. At what point between the transmitting station and the application server is the original IP packet's DSCP value first acted upon, by whom, and what will its value be if all IEEE 802.11 default values are used?
OK, seriously, if you can get all that right in one question, perhaps you should be on the Round Table. :-) I couldn't resist. Though you won't find questions quite that difficult, we did in fact talk about all of these topics at length. It was a question-fest of standards junkies, and a good time was had by all.