The Certified Wireless Design Professional Instructor-Led Class


CWDP Instructor Led Course Outline

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The CWDP Wireless LAN Design course consists of instructor-led training applicable to the design of wireless LANs using the latest technologies including 802.11n and 802.11ac. The course goes in-depth into the design process and provides attendees with the knowledge needed to plan, deploy and test modern 802.11-based networks. It also prepares students for the CWDP examination.
Students who complete the course will acquire the necessary skills for preparing, planning performing and documenting site surveys and wireless LAN design procedures.

  • Associated Certifications: CWDP
  • Standard Price: $2495
  • Duration: 3/4 days, Classroom
  • Prerequisites: CWNA-level knowledge (enterprise Wi-Fi)
  • BICSI Continuing Education Credit: 24

Course Outline

The following list contains the materials covered in the lecture portion of the course.

WLAN Design Overview

  • Importance of good design
  • Impact of bad design
  • Design process
  • Design skills
  • Design toolkit
  • Pre-planning
  • Customer interaction
  • Requirements gathering
  • Discovering existing systems
  • Documenting the environment
  • Defining constraints
  • Creating documentation
  • Client device types
  • Application types
  • Application-specific design
  • High density design issues
  • Standard corporate networks
  • Industry-specific designs
    • Government
    • Healthcare
    • Hospitality
    • Education
    • Retail
    • Public hotspots
    • Transportation
    • Mobile offices
    • Outdoor and mesh
    • Remote networks and branch offices
    • Last-mile/ISP and bridging
    • Defining vendor issues
    • Operational planes
    • Design models
    • Understanding architecture differences
    • RF spectrum
    • RF behaviors
    • Modulation and coding schemes
    • RF accessories
    • Throughput factors
    • Antennas
    • 802.11n and antennas
    • Choosing APs
    • Powering APs
    • Site survey tools
    • Site survey preparation
    • Predictive site surveys
    • Manual site surveys
    • Site survey principles and processes
    • Quality of Service (QoS) overview
    • QoS application points
    • Roaming support
    • Bad security
    • Authentication solutions
    • Encryption solutions
    • Security best practices
    • Intrusion prevention
    • Network health status
    • Troubleshooting and validation process
    • Troubleshooting and validation tools
    • Common problems

Requirements Analysis

Designing for Clients and Applications

Designing for Industry

Vendor Selection Processes

Radio Frequency Planning

WLAN Hardware Selection

Site Surveys

Designing for QoS

Designing for Security

Installation Testing, Validation and Troubleshooting

Design Troubleshooting

Case Studies

Case studies may be used in groups to explore concepts learned in the lecture materials. Potential case studies include:

  • Designing for future capacity
  • Designing in a moderate interference environment
  • Designing multiple SSID networks

Dynamic Hands-on Lab Exercises

Trainers may include hands-on lab time using any or all of the following tools:

  • Spectrum analyzer
  • Protocol analyzer
  • Site survey software
  • Diagramming software
  • Various wireless adapters and antennas
  • Various wireless APs

NOTE: Lab time is determined by the instructor and or authorized learning center and is not controlled or dictated by CWNP.

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