Certified Wireless Network Administrator

5 Day Course
Hands On
Official Curriculum

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The CWNA certification is the foundation-level enterprise Wi-Fi certification for the CWNP Program. Achieving it sets your wireless career on a firm foundation, ensuring you have the skills to successfully survey, install, and administer enterprise Wi-Fi networks.


  • Radio frequency properties, behaviors, and regulations, and how they affect networking
  • Wireless standards, including 802.11 extensions a, b, g, and n
  • General troubleshooting tips to common real-world 802.11n issues
  • General parameters for performing a successful site survey, along with software tools that reduce time and expense
  • Device-level Wi-Fi communications processes
  • Why 802.11n networks operate the way they do and how to apply that knowledge when faced with problems that stump most network administrators
  • Using wireless network analyzers to capture live data and pinpoint potential network issues
  • How using radio frequency makes wireless networks vulnerable
  • Most common wireless threats and how to detect and defend against them
  • Wireless security standards for keeping unauthorized users out and maintaining wireless data privacy
  • Applying WPA2 security standards, including 802.1X/EAP and AES, along with the devices used to apply them
  • Wireless intrusion detection and why it's essential for maintaining a secure network
  • Lab 1. WLAN Client Management
  • Lab 2. WLAN Protocol Analyzers
  • Lab 3. WLAN Channel Analyzers
  • Lab 4. Spectrum Analyzer Setup: WiSpy with Chanalyzer
  • Lab 5. WLAN Configuration: WPA2 Enterprise
  • Lab 6. Wireless IDS Setup
  • Lab 7. Connection Analysis
  • Lab 8. Performance Analysis
  • Lab 9. VoWLAN Setup and Testing
  • Lab 10. Roaming
  • Lab 11. Site Survey: Planning and Simulation
  • Lab 12. Site Survey: Live Coverage Mapping

Target Audience

In this hands-on course, you will gain a full understanding of how radio frequency affects networking so you can perform site surveys, design a high-performance network, and protect both users and sensitive data from potential intruders. Plus, you will explore advanced topics such as VoWLAN deployments, seamless mobile connectivity, and detailed wireless frame analysis. You will use enterprise-class hardware and software tools during live lab exercises, simulating a state-of-the-art production environment.

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WLAN Infrastructure (5 topics)

  • The Basic Service Set
  • Access Points
  • WLAN Controllers
  • Wi-Fi Stations
  • Independent Basic Service Set (IBSS)

WLAN Standards (4 topics)

  • WLAN Organizations
  • The IEEE 802.11 Standard
  • 802.11 Amendments
  • 802.11 and Wi-Fi

RF Fundamentals (4 topics)

  • Channels and Bands
  • Modulation and Coding
  • RF Math
  • Multipath

Antennas and Outdoor Wireless (4 topics)

  • Link Budgets
  • Antenna Operation
  • Antenna Types
  • Antenna Coverage Patterns

WPA/WPA2 Authentication (6 topics)

  • 802.11 Security Amendments
  • 802.11i Robust Security Networks
  • Preshared Key
  • 802.1X
  • 802.1X/EAP Authentication
  • Mutual Authentication and Key Negotiation

WPA/WPA2 Encryption (6 topics)

  • WLAN Encryption
  • WPA/WPA2 Encryption Options
  • RC4 Encryption
  • TKIP Improvements
  • 802.11i Encryption Summary

WLAN Operation (7 topics)

  • 802.11 Channel Access
  • Interframe Spacing
  • Random Backoff Time
  • Acknowledgements
  • An Arbitration Example
  • Effects of Arbitration

Mixed Mode Operation (6 topics)

  • Mixed Mode Networks
  • 802.11b/g Mixed Mode
  • 802.11g/n Mixed Mode
  • 802.11n 2.4 GHz Problems
  • 802.11n 5 GHz
  • Mixed Mode Best Practices

Security Design (9 topics)

  • RSN Concerns
  • Wireless Data Security
  • Network Security
  • Guest Access
  • RF Denial
  • MAC Address Spoofing
  • Endpoint Security
  • Enterprise WIDS
  • Security Design Best Practices

Troubleshooting Station Connections (4 topics)

  • Common Station Problems
  • Radio On/Off Switches
  • Wi-Fi Client Utilities
  • Power Management Protocols

WLAN Analysis (8 topics)

  • Packet Capture
  • Protocol Analysis Software
  • The Wi-Fi Connection
  • Discovery Analysis
  • Authentication and Association
  • Roaming
  • Secure Connections
  • Connection Loss

WLAN Channel Analysis (6 topics)

  • Analyzing the Channel
  • Using the Protocol Analyzers
  • Basic 802.11 Overhead
  • Channel Efficiency
  • Performance Degradation
  • Spectrum Analyzers

Enterprise Infrastructure Design (9 topics)

  • Basic AP Configuration
  • Enterprise WLAN Needs
  • Wireless Network Management Systems
  • Wireless VLANs
  • Power over Ethernet
  • Picocells
  • Client Isolation
  • AP Optimization Best Practices

Station Optimization (3 topics)

  • Station Configuration
  • Additional Station Settings
  • Station Optimization Best Practices

QoS Configuration (5 topics)

  • Legacy WLANs
  • QBSS Load
  • Enhanced Distributed Channel Access
  • Priority Settings
  • QoS Configuration Best Practices

Channel Optimization (5 topics)

  • RF Difficulties
  • Roaming
  • Common WLAN Types
  • Alternative technologies
  • Channel Optimization Best Practices

Site Surveys (7 topics)

  • Radio Frequency Problems
  • Site Surveys
  • Kit Preparation
  • WLAN Simulation Software
  • Post-Installation Surveying
  • Live Survey Software
  • Site Survey Best Practices

Next-Generation WLANs (7 topics)

  • Next-Generation Improvements
  • Automatic RF management
  • Wi-Fi Direct
  • Secure Roaming
  • Mesh Networks
  • Home Media Streaming
  • Wi-Fi Cellular Calling


It is recommended that all students have at least a basic knowledge of networking (as exhibited in Net+, CCNA®, CNA, or MCP) prior to enrolling in the course.

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