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The Implementing Cisco Wireless Network Fundamentals is a 5 day ILT course, designed to help students prepare for the CCNA-Wireless certification, an associate level certification specializing in the wireless field. The WIFUND course and CCNA-Wireless certification is a prerequisite to the CCNP-Wireless (Cisco Certified Wireless Professional) curriculum. The CCNA-Wireless curriculum will prepare wireless network associate for the use, positioning, planning, implementation and operation of Cisco WLAN networks. The goal of the WIFUND v3.0 is to provide students with information and practice activities to prepare them to help design, install, configure, monitor and conduct basic troubleshooting tasks of a Cisco WLAN in SMB and Enterprise installations. As an associate level, the course aims at providing entry level information, and will not specialize in any of the advanced features of the Cisco WLAN networks solutions.

To participate in the hands-on labs in this class, you need to bring a laptop computer with the following:

  • Windows 7 or 8.1 or 10 is recommended. Mac OSX 10.6 or greater is supported as well.
  • Intel Celeron or better processors are preferred.
  • 1 GB or more of RAM
  • Browser Requirements: Internet Explorer 10 or greater or Mozilla Firefox. (Safari and Mozilla Firefox for Mac OSX)

Note: Our labs currently cannot run on Microsoft Edge (Windows 10) due to it not supporting Extensions/Add-ons or Google Chrome due to Java being removed from the platform itself.
  • All students are required to have administrator rights to their PCs and cannot be logged in to a domain using any Group Policies that will limit their machine's capabilities.
  • If you do not have administrator rights to your PC, you at least need permissions to download, install, and run Cisco Any Connect Client and Java.
  • If you are participating in a WebEx event, it is highly recommended to take this class at a location that has bandwidth speeds at a minimum of 1 Mbps bandwidth speeds.
  • All PCs require the latest Java Runtime Environment, which can be downloaded from www.java.com.

Note: Students registering for this course will be receiving their course kit in a digital format. To be able to view your digital kit you will need to bring a laptop PC and/or a compatible iPad or Android tablet. The recommended system requirements and instructions to access the course kit content can be found at the following link:Digital Course Kit Requirements and Instructions

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If you have any questions or issues with meeting the requirements listed above, please contact us at [email protected] and provide the class name to which you are attending and we will be more than happy to help.


This course is designed for individuals who are involved in the technical management of Cisco wireless platforms and solutions, which involves installing, configuring, operating and troubleshooting. In this course, the target audience will be refereed to generically as technicians.
This audience includes:
  • Network engineers
  • Network administrators
  • Network managers system engineers

Course Objectives

Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:

  • Understand the basic RF principles and characteristics.
  • Understand WLAN security methods and access with differing client devices.
  • Define the Cisco WLAN architecture and the underling infrastructure used to support it.
  • Implement a Centralized wireless access network using AireOS or IOS-XE wireless LAN controllers.
  • Implement a Converged wireless access network using IOS-XE converged access switches and wireless LAN controllers.
  • Implement small and remote access wireless networks using FlexConnect , Autonomous or Cloud architectures.
  • Perform basic WLAN maintenance and troubleshooting.
  • Describe the requirements for a WLAN design.

Topics Covered

Module 1: Wireless Fundamentals

Lesson 1: Explain Wireless Fundamentals

  • Wireless Topologies
  • Ad Hoc Networks
  • Wi-Fi Direct
  • Piconets
  • Bluetooth
  • iBeacon
  • Near Field Communication
  • ZigBee
  • Infrastructure Mode
  • Service Set Identifiers
  • Workgroup Bridges
  • Repeaters
  • Outdoor Wireless Bridges
  • Outdoor Mesh Networks
  • Cordless Phones
  • Other Non-802.11 Radio Interferers
  • Summary

Lesson 2: Describe RF Principles

  • RF Spectrum
  • Frequency
  • Wavelength
  • Amplitude
  • Free Path Loss
  • Absorption
  • Reflection
  • Multipath
  • Scattering and Diffusion
  • Refraction
  • Line of Sight
  • Fresnel Zone
  • RSSI and SNR and SNIR
  • Summary

Lesson 3: Understand RF Mathematics

  • Watts, Milliwatts, and Decibels
  • Decibel Referenced to 1 Milliwatt
  • Calculations Using the Rules of 3 and 10
  • Decibel Referenced to Isotropic Antenna
  • Effective Isotropic Radiated Power
  • Discovery 1: Practice RF Math
  • Answer Key: Practice RF Math
  • Summary

Lesson 4: Describe Antenna Characteristics

  • RF Antenna Principles
  • Common Antenna Types
  • Omnidirectional Antennas
  • Directional Antennas
  • Antenna Connectors
  • Attenuators and Amplifiers
  • Lightning Arrestors
  • Splitters
  • Antennas and EIRP
  • Discovery 2: Calculate EIRP and Choose the Correct Antenna
  • Answer Key: Calculate EIRP and Choose the Correct Antenna
  • Summary

Lesson 5: Describe the Basics of Spread Spectrum

  • Spread Spectrum Transmission Technologies
  • Frequency Spectrums
  • Channel Width and Overlap
  • Discovery 3: Explore the RF Spectrum
  • Summary

Lesson 6: Describe Wireless Media Access

  • Wireless Frame Transmission
  • Management Frames: Discovering the Network
  • Control Frames: Improving the Network
  • Data Frames Using the Connection
  • Discovery 4: Analyze Wireless Frames
  • Answer Key: Analyze Wireless Frames
  • Summary

Lesson 7: Describe Wireless Governance

  • IEEE Wireless Standards
  • WiFi Alliance
  • Regulatory Bodies
  • European Telecommunication Standards Institute
  • 802.11 Standards for Channels and Data Rates
  • 802.11a Protocol
  • 802.11n Protocol
  • 802.11ac Protocol
  • Common WiFi Benefits of 802.11n/ac
  • 802.11b/g/n/ac Coexistence
  • Summary

Lesson 8: Module Summary

Lesson 9: Module Self-Check

Module 2: Security and Client Access

Lesson 1: Describe Wireless Security Components

  • WiFi Security Issues
  • Authentication and Encryption
  • Key Management
  • Summary

Lesson 2: Explain 802.11 Security

  • Authentication
  • Encryption
  • Additional Security Measures
  • Summary

Lesson 3: Explain 802.1X/EAP Framework

  • IEEE 802.1x and Its Components
  • Summary

Lesson 4: Describe EAP Authentication

  • Certificates and Digital Signatures
  • PKI Terminology and Components
  • PKI in the WLAN
  • EAP-Transport Layer Security
  • Protected Extensible Authentication Protocol
  • Summary

Lesson 5: Describe WPA and WPA2 Security

  • WPA Authentication Modes
  • Discovery 5: Review Centralized Authentication
  • Answer Key: Review Centralized Authentication
  • Summary

Lesson 6: Provide Guest Access

  • Authentication Methods
  • Local Web AuthenticationLWA
  • Summary

Lesson 7: Native Operating Systems for WLAN Connectivity

  • Windows 7 Configuration
  • WLAN AutoConfig Service Scan Logic
  • Windows 8.1 Configuration
  • Mac OS X Configuration
  • Summary

Lesson 8: Configure Smart Handheld Clients

  • Configure Apple iOS Handheld Devices
  • Configure Google Android 4.4 Clients
  • Summary

Lesson 9: Module SummaryLesson 10: Module Self-Check

Module 3: Define the Cisco Wireless Network Architecture

Lesson 1: Define Cisco Wireless Network Deployment Options

  • Cisco Unified Access Architecture
  • Summary

Lesson 2: Define One Management

  • Cisco Enterprise and Cloud Managed Unified Access
  • Cisco Prime Infrastructure
  • Meraki Cloud Based Management
  • Summary

Lesson 3: Define One Policy

  • Cisco ISE Personas
  • ISE Licensing Model
  • Summary

Lesson 4: Define the Cisco One Network

  • Wireless Controllers as a Function
  • Appliance Based Wireless Controllers Products
  • AireOS Controllers
  • Meraki Cloud Managed Indoor Access Points
  • Cisco Aironet Access Points
  • Summary

Lesson 5: Mobility Architecture Concepts

  • Understanding the Cisco WLAN Architecture
  • Summary

Lesson 6: Optimize RF Conditions and Performance for Clients

  • Radio Resource Management and RF Groups
  • Cisco CleanAir
  • Band Select
  • Cisco ClientLink
  • Summary

Lesson 7: Describe Layer 2 Infrastructure Support

  • Mapping SSIDs to VLANs
  • Describe Link Aggregation for AireOS and IOS-XE WLCs
  • Summary

Lesson 8: Describe Protocols Used in Wired Infrastructure to Support Wireless

  • Function of Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
  • Function of Domain Name Services
  • Function of Network Time Protocol
  • Function of Authentication Authorization and Accounting
  • Function of Management Protocols
  • Control and Provisioning of Access Points
  • Summary

Lesson 9: Module SummaryLesson 10: Module Self-Check

Module 4: Implement Centralized Wireless Access

Lesson 1: Initialize a Centralized WLC

  • Centralized WLC Deployment and ConfigurationCentralized with AireOS WLC
  • WLC Command Line Interface
  • WLC AireOS CLI Setup Wizard
  • WLC AireOS GUI Setup Wizard
  • WLAN Express Setup (WES)
  • WLC Advanced Menu Tabs
  • Controller Ports, Interfaces, and Mapping
  • Interfaces
  • Prime Infrastructure 2.2 and the WLC
  • Summary

Lesson 2: Describe AP Initialization

  • Explain the AP Discovery Process
  • Explain Universal AP Priming
  • AP Failover Process
  • AP Failover Priority
  • Explain High Availability
  • AP Modes of Operation
  • Discovery 6: Initialize a Centralized WLAN Deployment
  • Summary

Lesson 3: Explore Additional WLC Features

  • Explain and Configure Client Link
  • Summary

Lesson 4: Implement IPv6 in a Cisco Wireless Environment

  • IPv6 Addressing Overview
  • IPv6 Bridge Mode
  • IPv6 Client Mode
  • IPv6 in Infrastructure Mode
  • Other IPv6 Services on the WLC
  • Summary

Lesson 5: Configure Client Access

  • WLAN Open Authentication
  • WLAN PSK Authentication
  • WLAN EAP and RADIUS Authentication
  • WLAN WebAuth Authentication
  • Summary

Lesson 6: Implement Roaming in the Centralized Architecture

  • Intra-Controller or Inter-Controller Roaming
  • Mobility Groups
  • Layer 2 Dynamic Roaming in a Centralized AireOS Deployment
  • Layer 3 Dynamic Roaming in a Centralized AireOS Deployment
  • Roaming with Mobility Anchors
  • Summary

Lesson 7: Module SummaryLesson 8: Module Self-Check

Module 5: Implement Converged Wireless Access

Lesson 1: Initialize a Converged WCM

  • WLC/WCM CLI Initialization
  • Catalyst 3850/3650 Switches GUI Setup and Configuration
  • Web GUI Setup for Wired Network
  • Wireless Web GUI
  • Switch Ports, Interfaces, and Mapping
  • Cisco Prime Infrastructure Management of WLCs/WCMs
  • Summary

Lesson 2: Describe AP Connectivity

  • Access Point Connectivity
  • Unsupported Features of Converged WCMs
  • License Requirements of Converged WCMs
  • Summary

Lesson 3: Explore Additional Wireless Features

  • Review and Configure Client Link
  • Review and Configure Band Select
  • Local Profiling and Local Policies
  • Summary

Lesson 4: Configure Client Access

  • WLAN Open Authentication
  • WLAN PSK Authentication
  • Local-EAP Authentication
  • WLAN Local-EAP Authentication
  • Configuration of RADIUS Authentication
  • WebAuth Authentication
  • Summary

Lesson 5: Implement Roaming in the Converged Architecture

  • Converged MobilityOverview
  • Describe L2/L3 Roaming
  • WebAuth Deployments
  • Design and Scaling Best Practices
  • Mobility Deployment ModelsCentralized with AireOS WLC or IOS-XE WLC
  • Summary

Lesson 6: Module SummaryThis lesson includes these topics:Lesson 7: Module Self-Check

Module 6: Implement Small and Remote Wireless Access

Lesson 1: Overview of the FlexConnect Architecture

  • Overview of FlexConnect
  • FlexConnect Groups
  • FlexConnect Requirements
  • Configure Client Access
  • Summary

Lesson 2: Overview of the Autonomous Architecture

  • Autonomous AP Management Options
  • Autonomous AP Initialization
  • Autonomous AP Configuration
  • Explore Additional Autonomous AP Features
  • Summary

Lesson 3: Overview of the Cloud Architecture

  • Overview of the Cloud Products
  • Infrastructure Requirements for Cloud APs
  • Cloud AP Initialization
  • Cloud AP Management
  • RF/802.11 Access
  • Client Access
  • Summary

Lesson 4: Module Summary

Lesson 5: Module Self-Check

Module 7: WLAN Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Lesson 1: Describe Wireless Maintenance

  • Licensing Options
  • Image Updates Methods
  • Backup and Restore Process
  • Summary

Lesson 2: Explain Troubleshooting Tools

  • Overview of Third-Party Tools
  • Cisco Troubleshooting Tools
  • Summary

Lesson 3: Describe Troubleshooting Methodology

  • Overview of Troubleshooting Techniques
  • Overview of Best Practices
  • Common Wireless Issues
  • Summary

Lesson 4: Module Summary

Lesson 5: Module Self-Check

Module 8: WLAN Design

Lesson 1: Predictive WLAN Design Process

  • Predictive WLAN Design Process Overview
  • Summary

Lesson 2: WLAN Site Survey Process

  • Off-Premise Predictive Site Surveys
  • Initial Walk Through
  • Pre Deployment Site Survey: Active Site Survey
  • Post-Deployment Survey
  • Summary

Lesson 3: Module Summary

  • References

Lesson 4: Module Self-Check

Lab Outline

  • Hardware Lab 1: Configure Windows 7 Client Access
  • Establish an Open WLAN Connection
  • Establish a PSK WLAN Connection
  • Establish a PEAP WLAN Connection
  • Establish a Web Authentication WLAN Connection
  • Hardware Lab 2: Configuring the Wired Infrastructure
  • Initialize the 3650 Switch
  • Configure Layer 2 Operations
  • Configure Layer 3 IPv4 Operations
  • Hardware Lab 3: Configuring the Centralized WLAN Deployment
  • Review and Modify Management Access
  • Review AP Status
  • Configure RF Power and Channel
  • Configure a WLAN
  • Enable Additional Features
  • Associate the Client
  • Review CleanAir
  • Disassociate the Client
  • Hardware Lab 4: Configuring IPv6 Operation in a Centralized WLAN Deployment
  • Review Client Association before IPv6 Configuration
  • Enable IPv6 Infrastructure
  • Associate the Client after IPv6 Configuration
  • Hardware Lab 5: Configuring Security in a Centralized WLAN Deployment
  • Implement WPA PSK Authentication
  • Implement Local EAP Authentication
  • Implement EAP with RADIUS Authentication
  • Implement WebAuth Authentication
  • Hardware Lab 6: Configuring Guest Access Using the Anchor WLC
  • Add Foreign WLC on Anchor WLC
  • Add Anchor WLC on Foreign WLC
  • Configure the Guest WLAN on the Foreign WLC
  • Configure the Guest WLAN on the Anchor WLC.
  • Create Local User on the Anchor WLC.
  • Associate the Client using WLC Credentials.
  • Associate the Client using ISE Credentials.
  • Lab Cleanup
  • Hardware Lab 7: Deploying a Converged Access WLAN
  • Verify the Catalyst 3650 Status
  • Initialize the Cat3650 Wireless Controller and AP
  • Adjust RF Power and Channel
  • Configure a WLAN
  • Enable Additional Features
  • Associate the Client
  • Review CleanAir
  • Disassociate the Client
  • Hardware Lab 8: Configuring Security on a Converged WLAN Deployment
  • Implement WPA2 PSK Authentication
  • Implement Local EAP Authentication
  • Implement RADIUS Authentication
  • Implement WebAuth Passthrough
  • Implement Local WebAuth
  • Hardware Lab 9: Implement a FlexConnect WLAN Deployment
  • Configure the Switch for FlexConnect Connectivity
  • Add a New WLAN for FlexConnect Testing
  • Adjust the AP Mode of Operation
  • Test Client Access for FlexConnect
  • Implement a FlexConnect Group
  • Test Client Access for FlexConnect Group
  • Switch Configuration Example
  • Hardware Lab 10: Initialize an Autonomous WLAN Deployment
  • Initialize and Configure the Autonomous AP
  • Test Client Access to the Autonomous AP
  • Podx Running Configuration Changes
  • Hardware Lab 11: Configure Security on an Autonomous AP WLAN Deployment
  • Implement PSK Authentication on an Autonomous AP
  • Implement RADIUS Authentication on an Autonomous AP
  • Autonomous Lab Cleanup
  • Hardware Lab 12: Configure Security on a Cloud WLAN Deployment
  • Implement PSK Authentication on a Cloud WLAN Deployment
  • Implement Local EAP-PEAP on a Cloud WLAN Deployment
  • Implement WebAuth on a Cloud WLAN Deployment
  • Disable SSIDs on the Cloud WLAN Deployment
  • Hardware Lab 13: Perform Centralized Controller Maintenance
  • Backup the WLC Configuration
  • OptionalPerform an AireOS Upgrade to the WLC
  • Hardware Lab 14: Perform WiFi Scanning
  • Enable Metageek inSSIDer
  • Review 2.4 GHz Activity
  • Review 5 GHz Activity
  • Hardware Lab 15: ChallengeVarious Trouble Tickets
  • Challenge Ticket #1
  • Challenge Ticket #2
  • Answer Key
  • Hardware Lab 16: Perform a Predictive WLAN Design
  • Familiarization with Ekahau Site Survey Pro + Planner
  • Perform a basic predictive WLAN design using a single floor layout.
  • Hardware Lab 17: Perform Passive Site Survey Analysis
  • Configure AP for Spectrum Expert AP mode of operation
  • Configure Metageek Chanalyzer - spectrum analyzer software
  • Load RF capture information into metageek Chanalyzer - spectrum analyzer software.
  • Analyze RF capture information into Metageek Chanalyzer - spectrum analyzer software.


The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this course are as follows:

  • Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Parts 1 & 2 (ICND1 & ICND2), or
  • Cisco CCENT certification

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