Overview

This Certified Wi-Fi Design Professional (CWDP) course is delivered by a World leader in Wi-Fi network engineering. The course covers the Certitrek CWDP WLAN design process in depth, and also introduces advanced, structured processes for professional Wi-Fi Network Planning, Design, Survey and Deployment. On completing the course, attendees will be able to Design and Survey 802.11n/ac/ax Wi-Fi networks for Coverage, Capacity and Availability.

Duration

3 days

Audience

  • All network professionals responsible for supporting or obtaining value and performance from Wi-Fi networks.
  • Network professionals who want to learn apply state-of-the-art methods for Wi-Fi network Planning, Design and Survey.
  • Wi-Fi network engineers preparing for the Certitrek (CWNP) CDWP-303 industry certification exam.
  • Wi-Fi network professionals progressing towards the Internationally-recognised CWNE (Certified Wireless Network Expert) Certification.

Prerequisites

Attendees should have existing knowledge and skills to the level of WCC Certified Wireless Network Manager (CWNM), Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) or equivalent before attending this course.

Objectives

Understand and apply the Certitrek CWDP WLAN design process in depth.
Use advanced, structured processes for professional Wi-Fi Network Planning, Design, Survey and Deployment.
Design Wi-Fi networks for Coverage, Capacity and Availability.
Describe advanced Wi-Fi network design concepts and techniques not taught on CWDP courses delivered by other companies.
Design Wi-Fi networks using IEEE 802.11n, 802.11ac and 802.11ax access points, and WLAN antennas, for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz RF networks.
Perform Active and Passive Wi-Fi site surveys to Design and Audit / Verify modern Wi-Fi networks.
Get hands-on experience with Ekahau Pro (formerly Ekahau Site Survey) for Wi-Fi network design and survey.
Prepare for the Certitrek Certified Wireless Design Professional CWDP-303 examination.

Content Headings

IEEE 802.11 / Wi-Fi Technology Update
Review of the latest updates in IEEE 802.11 and Wi-Fi standards and technologies.

Overview of the WLAN Design Process
The importance of good Wi-Fi network design
Impacts of bad design
Why most other design approaches fail
The WCC Wi-Fi RF Network Design Process
Understanding the processes of WCC-approved Wi-Fi Network Specification and Design
Necessary design skills
Preparing for the Certitrek CWDP-302 exam

Detailed Requirements Analysis
Initial Planning
Customer interaction
The requirements gathering process
Documenting the environment
Existing wireless systems
Client device types
What is Application Characterisation?
Characterising Applications and their Usage
Information to obtain
Application-specific Wi-Fi network design
Defining Requirements and Constraints

Producing the Wi-Fi Network Design Specifications
Writing and approving the correct Wi-Fi Network Design Specifications to meet customer requirements.

Designing for Clients and Applications
Designing for Industry
Vendor Selection Processes
Radio Frequency Planning
WLAN Hardware Selection
Documenting the Requirements

Industry-specific Design Considerations
Corporate
Remote networks and branch offices
Healthcare
Retail
Hospitality
Education
Public access networks (hotspots)
Government
Transportation
Mobile offices
Outdoor and mesh
Last-mile/ISP and bridging

Wi-Fi Network Design Tools
A review of current industry-leading Wi-Fi network Planning and Design tools, including Ekahau Site Survey and AirMagnet Survey.

Basic Wi-Fi Network Design
Developing Optimised designs for Coverage-driven user areas.

Understanding Vendor-Specific Issues
WLAN Operational planes
WLAN Design models
Understanding vendor architectures

RF Spectra
RF spectra for 802.11 / Wi-Fi, WiGig and other systems
Modulation and Coding Schemes
Factors that affect connectivity and throughput

Antennas
WLAN antenna types – how to choose and use
802.11n, 802.11ac and antennas
RF accessories
Choosing APs

2D Wi-Fi Network Design
Understanding and applying 2-dimensional Wi-Fi Network Design principles.

Hands-on lab: Wi-Fi Network Design using Ekahau Site Survey or AirMagnet Survey

3D Wi-Fi Network Design
Understanding and applying 3-dimensional Wi-Fi Network Design principles.

Hands-on lab: 3D / Multi-Floor Wi-Fi Network Design using Ekahau Site Survey

Advanced Wi-Fi Network Design
Developing Optimised designs for Capacity-driven user areas.

Hands-on lab: Wi-Fi Network Design using Ekahau Site Survey or AirMagnet Survey
Advanced WI-Fi Network Design

High Density Wi-Fi network design
HD Capacity Planning
Effective HD RF network design strategies
Example HD network designs
– Stadiums
– Auditoriums
– Shopping Malls
Evaluating your HD network design

Hands-on lab: Wi-Fi Network Design using Ekahau Site Survey or AirMagnet Survey
High Density Wi-Fi network design

Outdoor Wi-Fi Network Design
Advanced Wi-Fi network design techniques for outdoor environments including street-level access, campuses and outdoor events.

Lab exercises:
Point-to-Point wireless bridge link desigm
Point-to-MultiPoint network design
Mesh network design

Implementing Effective Quality of Service (QoS)
Understanding end-to-end QoS
QoS application points
Roaming support

Designing for Wi-Fi Network Security
The impacts of inadequate security
Wi-Fi network vulnerabilities
Authentication solutions
Encryption solutions
Security best practices
Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems

Wi-Fi Network Site Survey
What is Wi-Fi Network Survey?
The 7 types of Wi-Fi Network Survey
Site survey methods
Site survey tools
Preparation for Site survey
Predictive site surveys
Manual site surveys
Site survey principles and processes
The On-site Survey process
– An overview of the equipment, tools and processes to be used in on-site Wi-Fi Network Survey

Hand-on lab: site survey with Ekahau Site Survey or AirMagnet Survey

Assessing and Validating a Wi-Fi Network
The Auditing and Validation process
Surveying and Auditing the network
Assessing the network against the Design Specifications
Installation Testing
Tools for Wi-Fi network Auditing and Troubleshooting

Case Studies
Case studies are used in groups, to explore concepts learned during the course. Case studies include:
– Designing for improved coverage
– Designing for improved capacity
– Designing in a moderate interference environment
– Designing multiple SSID networks