CWNA: Certified Wireless Network Administrator

CWNA: Certified Wireless Network Administrator Course Description

Duration: 5.00 days (40 hours)

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.

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.

Next Class Dates

Feb 26, 2018 – Mar 2, 2018
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM ET
519 8th Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10018
New York, NY 10018
Mar 26, 2018 – Mar 30, 2018
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM ET
519 8th Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10018
New York, NY 10018
Apr 16, 2018 – Apr 20, 2018
11:30 AM – 7:30 PM ET
519 8th Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10018
New York, NY 10018

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Intended Audience for this CWNA: Certified Wireless Network Administrator Course

  • » Administrators: network, systems, infrastructure, security, and LAN/WLANs
  • » Support professionals: technical assistance and field support
  • » Designers: network, systems, and infrastructure
  • » Developers: wireless software and hardware products
  • » Consultants and integrators: IT and security
  • » Decision makers: infrastructure managers, IT managers, security directors, chief security officers, and chief technology officers
  • » CCNAs

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CWNA: Certified Wireless Network Administrator Course Objectives

  • » 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

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CWNA: Certified Wireless Network Administrator Course Outline

      1. WLAN Infrastructure
        1. The Basic Service Set
        2. Access Points
        3. WLAN Controllers
        4. Wi-Fi Stations
        5. Independent Basic Service Set (IBSS)
      2. WLAN Standards
        1. WLAN Organizations
        2. The IEEE 802.11 Standard
        3. 802.11 Amendments
        4. 802.11 and Wi-Fi
      3. RF Fundamentals
        1. Channels and Bands
        2. Modulation and Coding
        3. RF Math
        4. Multipath
      4. Antennas and Outdoor Wireless
        1. Link Budgets
        2. Antenna Operation
        3. Antenna Types
        4. Antenna Coverage Patterns
      5. WPA/WPA2 Authentication
        1. 802.11 Security Amendments
        2. 802.11i Robust Security Networks
        3. Preshared Key
        4. 802.1X
        5. 802.1X/EAP Authentication
        6. Mutual Authentication and Key Negotiation
      6. WPA/WPA2 Encryption
        1. WLAN Encryption
        2. WPA/WPA2 Encryption Options
        3. RC4 Encryption
        4. TKIP Improvements
        5. AES-CCMP
        6. 802.11i Encryption Summary
      7. WLAN Operation
        1. 802.11 Channel Access
        2. CSMA/CA
        3. Interframe Spacing
        4. Random Backoff Time
        5. Acknowledgements
        6. An Arbitration Example
        7. Effects of Arbitration
      8. Mixed Mode Operation
        1. Mixed Mode Networks
        2. 802.11b/g Mixed Mode
        3. 802.11g/n Mixed Mode
        4. 802.11n 2.4 GHz Problems
        5. 802.11n 5 GHz
        6. Mixed Mode Best Practices
      9. Security Design
        1. RSN Concerns
        2. Wireless Data Security
        3. Network Security
        4. Guest Access
        5. RF Denial
        6. MAC Address Spoofing
        7. Endpoint Security
        8. Enterprise WIDS
        9. Security Design Best Practices
      10. Troubleshooting Station Connections
        1. Common Station Problems
        2. Radio On/Off Switches
        3. Wi-Fi Client Utilities
        4. Power Management Protocols
      11. WLAN Analysis
        1. Packet Capture
        2. Protocol Analysis Software
        3. The Wi-Fi Connection
        4. Discovery Analysis
        5. Authentication and Association
        6. Roaming
        7. Secure Connections
        8. Connection Loss
      12. WLAN Channel Analysis
        1. Analyzing the Channel
        2. Using the Protocol Analyzers
        3. Basic 802.11 Overhead
        4. Channel Efficiency
        5. Performance Degradation
        6. Spectrum Analyzers
      13. Enterprise Infrastructure Design
        1. Basic AP Configuration
        2. Enterprise WLAN Needs
        3. Wireless Network Management Systems
        4. Wireless VLANs
        5. Power over Ethernet
        6. Picocells
        7. Client Isolation
        8. RTS/CTS
        9. AP Optimization Best Practices
      14. Station Optimization
        1. Station Configuration
        2. Additional Station Settings
        3. Station Optimization Best Practices
      15. QoS Configuration
        1. Legacy WLANs
        2. QBSS Load
        3. Enhanced Distributed Channel Access
        4. Priority Settings
        5. QoS Configuration Best Practices
      16. Channel Optimization
        1. RF Difficulties
        2. Roaming
        3. Common WLAN Types
        4. Alternative technologies
        5. Channel Optimization Best Practices
      17. Site Surveys
        1. Radio Frequency Problems
        2. Site Surveys
        3. Kit Preparation
        4. WLAN Simulation Software
        5. Post-Installation Surveying
        6. Live Survey Software
        7. Site Survey Best Practices
      18. Next-Generation WLANs
        1. Next-Generation Improvements
        2. Automatic RF management
        3. Wi-Fi Direct
        4. Secure Roaming
        5. Mesh Networks
        6. Home Media Streaming
        7. Wi-Fi Cellular Calling
      19. Labs
        1. WLAN Client Management
        2. WLAN Protocol Analyzers
        3. WLAN Channel Analyzers
        4. Spectrum Analyzer Setup: WiSpy with Chanalyzer
        5. WLAN Configuration: WPA2 Enterprise
        6. Wireless IDS Setup
        7. Connection Analysis
        8. Performance Analysis
        9. VoWLAN Setup and Testing
        10. Roaming
        11. Site Survey: Planning and Simulation
        12. Site Survey: Live Coverage Mapping

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This training prepares students for the following exam(s):

  • » CWNA-106 Exam : CWNA: Certified Wireless Network Administrator

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Skills Assessment

We ensure your success by asking all students to take a FREE Skill Assessment test. These short, instructor-written tests are an objective measure of your current skills that help us determine whether or not you will be able to meet your goals by attending this course at your current skill level. If we determine that you need additional preparation or training in order to gain the most value from this course, we will recommend cost-effective solutions that you can use to get ready for the course.

Our required skill-assessments ensure that:

  1. All students in the class are at a comparable skill level, so the class can run smoothly without beginners slowing down the class for everyone else.
  2. NetCom students enjoy one of the industry's highest success rates, and pass rates when a certification exam is involved.
  3. We stay committed to providing you real value. Again, your success is paramount; we will register you only if you have the skills to succeed.
This assessment is for your benefit and best taken without any preparation or reference materials, so your skills can be objectively measured.

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Award winning, world-class Instructors

Richard L.
- Over 20 years experience in the IT industry.
- CEH and Microsoft training for many government agencies, including the United States Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
- CEH and Microsoft training for Fortune corporations such as Merrill Lynch and ADP.


Richard is a premier Microsoft Certified Trainer and Certified EC-Council Instructor. He has over 20 years of experience as a network administrator, security consultant, vulnerability assessor, and penetration tester for assorted Fortune companies.

Richard??s knowledge on the development and implementation of policies and procedures concerning the security of network data is unsurpassed. He has conducted successful CEH and Microsoft training classes for many government agencies including the United States Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as Fortune enterprises such as Merrill Lynch and ADP.

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Recent Client Testimonials & Reviews

The class met all our expectations! The material was perfect and very efficiently delivered by our instructor. He was able to adapt and give us scenarios as to how this course would benefit us in our environment. What made his delivery even more impressive was his vast experience teaching a highly diverse group like ours.

He did a great job and the staff at NetCom Information Technology coordinated very efficiently with us ensuring each step and area was taken care of. I am very impressed with the level of "follow-up" each staff provided. We will certainly use NetCom Information Technology for any future needs and recommend you to anyone that we find that may need this type training.

Course(s) Taken

» CWNA: Certified Wireless Network Administrator


I just passed CWSP exam in your site yesterday. I would like to thank the instructor for giving me good direction and very useful material for me to pass this tough exam. I believe that NetCom has very good professional quality in business and lots of resources for enterprise. I feel lucky to have chosen NetCom for my professional training vendor then to have met the best teacher in wireless fields. This is why I passed CWSP with 95%! Thank you.


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» CWNA and CWSP Combo - Boot Camp

What I liked most about NetCom was the instructor !
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» Wireless Networking Workshop (FREE)
» CWNA and CWSP Combo - Boot Camp

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