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Computer and Network Administration

Wireless Networking I: Integration and Troubleshooting

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This course introduces students to 802.11 wireless local area networks (WLAN) and the application of analytical techniques on captured wireless network traffic. The course will begin with an introduction to radio frequency (RF) fundamentals, components, and signaling as it relates to 802.11 wireless local area networks (WLAN). Students will understand how wireless networking integrates into more traditional wired networks through various wireless network hardware. Students will learn how devices operate and contend for the wireless medium. An emphasis is placed on wireless vulnerabilities, mitigating weakness in security, and how encryption algorithms are used. Students will get hands-on exercises using open source network capture tools and protocol analyzers and apply them to examine captured data.  Students will learn how site surveys are used to optimize wireless networks. The final topics focus on wireless threats and the examination of common attacks.

Who Should Take This Course


Previous TCP/IP networking training or Network+ course or equivalent experience is required.

Why You Should Take This Course


Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the standardization of wireless data communications
  • Understand radio frequency fundamentals
  • Identify 802.11 wireless network components and topologies
  • Identify wireless network operating parameters, modes, and characteristics
  • Perform WLAN troubleshooting
  • Integrate security through network design and encryption
  • Conduct WLAN analysis
  • Perform site surveys
  • Identify changes in next generation WLANs
Course Outline


Day 1 – Wireless Standards and Organizations, IEEE Standards, RF Fundamentals, Components and Math Concepts

Day 2 – RF Signaling and Antenna Concepts, Wireless Networks and Spread Spectrum Technology, WLAN Topologies and Architecture

Day 3 – Medium Access Control Operations, 802.11 Access to the Medium, WLAN Deployments, Troubleshooting and Design


Day 4 – Network Security Design and Architecture, Site Surveys, 802.11n/ac, Wireless Attacks and Policies


  1. Explain the standardization of wireless data communications
    1. Name organizations that set WLAN standards and regulations
    2. Differentiate between WLAN core, distribution, and access roles
  2. Understand radio frequency (RF) fundamentals
    1. Describe RF characteristics and behaviors
    2. Identify RF communications components
    3. Distinguish between units of power and comparison
    4. Calculate RF power output using the rules of 3 and 10
    5. Calculate link budgets
  3. Identify 802.11 wireless network components and topologies
    1. Identify WLAN antenna types and interpret antenna charts
    2. Describe visual and RF lines of sight
    3. Consider Fresnel zone and earth bulge effects for long distance communications
    4. Select appropriate antennas, connectors, and installation
    5. Identify common 802.11 topologies and configuration modes
  4. Identify wireless network operating parameters, modes and characteristics
    1. State where in the OSI model 802.11 wireless networks integrate
    2. Optimize WLANs frequency and channel usage
    3. Define adjacent, nonadjacent, and overlapping channel use
    4. Distinguish between WLAN planes of operation
    5. Define WLAN architecture types by access point organization
    6. Describe WLAN frame types
    7. State the WLAN authentication methods and association states
    8. Identify WLAN protection mechanism and how they affect station optimization
    9. Define the different coordination function used in WLANs and how it affects quality of service categories

5. Perform WLAN troubleshooting

    1. State the steps used in a troubleshooting methodology
  1. Name tools used in troubleshooting network
  2. Consider coverage and capacity
  3. Identify the various QoS frame types and prioritization
  4. Troubleshoot performance and throughput


6. Integrate security through network design and encryption

      1. Name the principles of security
      2. Distinguish between legacy and robust security
      3. Characterize WEP, WPA, and WPA2 encryption
      4. Describe dynamic key generation and hierarchy in personal and enterprise modes

7. Conduct WLAN analysis

      1. Analyze channel usage and identify channel reuse schemes
      2. Describe how wireless attacks can occur
      3. Identify management interface security configuration weaknesses
      4. State how to identify denials of service at layers 1 and 2 of the OSI model

8. Perform site surveys

      1. Describe the purpose of a pre-site survey interview
      2. State the types of documents that are used and produced during a survey
      3. Differentiate between spectrum, coverage, and capacity analysis
      4. List the tools used for indoor and outdoor site surveys

9. Identify changes in next generation WLANs

      1. Characterize 802.11ac, WiGig, and sub-1G specifications
Is there a discount available for current students?

UMBC students and alumni, as well as students who have previously taken a public training course with UMBC Training Centers are eligible for a 10% discount, capped at $250. Please provide a copy of your UMBC student ID or an unofficial transcript or the name of the UMBC Training Centers course you have completed. Asynchronous courses are excluded from this offer.

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

Student will receive a refund of paid registration fees only if UMBC Training Centers receives a notice of cancellation at least 10 business days prior to the class start date for classes or the exam date for exams.

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