CWNA Instructor Led Course Outline

Enterprise Wi-Fi Administration, Outline v7.0 | Find a class


The Enterprise Wireless LAN Administration 7.1 course (which prepares students for the CWNA-106 exam), whether in an academic format or a 4 or 5-day fast-track format, provides the networking professional a complete foundation of knowledge for entering into or advancing in the wireless networking industry. From basic RF theory to 802.11 frame exchange processes, this course delivers hands-on training that will benefit the novice as well as the experienced network professional.

  • Associated Certifications: CWNA
  • Standard Price: $2,495.00
  • Duration: 4/5 days, Classroom
  • Availability: Find an authorized training class
  • Prerequisites: Basic networking knowledge, including OSI model and IP subnetting
  • BICSI Continuing Education Credits: 36


Course Outline

The following list contains the materials covered in the lecture portion of the course.
Introduction to WLAN Standards

  • Introduction to WLAN industry organizations
  • 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


  • Antenna fundamentals
  • Polarization 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

Coordinating Frame Transmissions

  • Introducing CSMA/CA
  • Distributed Coordination Function (DCF)
  • WLAN QoS

Modern 802.11 PHYs

  • HT (802.11n) PHY and MAC layer enhancements
  • MIMO and SISO systems
  • HT coexistence mechanisms
  • HT integration and deployment
  • HT site surveying and analysis
  • VHT (802.11ac PHY and MAC layer enhancements

Basic Site Surveying

  • RF site survey defined
  • Gathering information and resources
  • Spectrum analysis for site surveys
  • Site survey types
  • Survey considerations
  • 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

Potential Hands-on Lab Exercises

  • Exploring 802.11
    • Understanding standard documents
    • Viewing the various sections
    • Mastering the terminology
  • 2.4 GHz vs. 5 GHz Congestion
    • Viewing activity in a spectrum analyzer
    • Viewing active networks in a Wi-Fi Finder (inSSIDer)
  • Antennas
    • Changing antennas for different results
  • Viewing RSSI
    • RSSI values of different adapters at the same location
  • 2.4 GHz Amplified
    • The impact of amplifiers vs. antenna gain
  • Configuring APs
    • Configuring an autonomous AP
    • Configuring a lightweight AP
  • Configuring CLients
    • Configuring connection profiles
    • Configuring security
  • Using PoE
    • Using a mid-span PoE injector
  • Protocol Analysis
    • Capturing frames
    • Analyzing frames
  • Spectrum Analysis
    • Viewing activity
    • Understanding signatures
  • RTS/CTS Impact
    • Protection mechanism configuration
    • Performance comparisons
  • 802.11n/ac Impact
    • Spectrum view with an 802.11n/ac AP
    • Spectrum view with an 802.11a/g AP
  • Site Survey Tools
    • Using tablet- or phone-based site survey software
    • Using laptop site survey software
    • Using predictive site survey software
  • Configuring Basic Security
    • Viewing packets without security
    • Configuring an AP to use WPA2-Personal
    • Connecting to the AP with a client
    • Viewing packets with security
Wi-Fi Alliance Security Mechanism Authentication Mechanism Cipher Suite Encryption Mechanism
WPA-Personal Passphrase TKIP RC4
WPA-Enterprise 802.1X/EAP TKIP RC4
WPA2-Personal Passphrase CCMP (default) AES (default)
TKIP (optional) RC4 (optional)
WPA2-Enterprise 802.1X/EAP CCMP (default) AES (default)
TKIP (optional) RC4 (optional)