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Implementing Cisco Wireless Network Fundamentals Training

Course ID: SKY-1635
Duration: 5 Days

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Implementing Cisco Wireless Network Fundamentals (WIFUND) 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)
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

Please be aware that this digital version is designed for online use, not for printing. You can print up to 10 pages only in each guide within a course. Please note that every time you click the Print button in the book, this counts as one page printed, whether or not you click OK in the Print dialog.

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Learning 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.


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


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

Course Outline

Module 1: Wireless Fundamentals

Lesson 1: Explaining 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
  • Challenge

Lesson 2: Describing RF Principles

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

Lesson 3: Understanding 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
    • Task 1: Complete Power Conversions
  • Challenge

Lesson 4: Describing 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
    • Task 1: Calculate EIRP and Choose the Correct Antenna
  • Challenge

Lesson 5: Describing the Basics of Spread Spectrum

  • Spread Spectrum Transmission Technologies
  • Frequency Spectrums
  • Channel Width and Overlap
  • Discovery 3: Explore the RF Spectrum
    • Task 1: Learning Lab Procedure
  • Challenge

Lesson 6: Describing 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
    • Task 1: Analyzing the Major Wireless Frame Types
  • Challenge

Lesson 7: Describing Wireless Governance

  • IEEE Wireless Standards
  • Wi-Fi 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 Wi-Fi Benefits of 802.11n/ac
  • 802.11b/g/n/ac Coexistence
  • Challenge

Module 2: Security and Client Access

Lesson 1: Describing Wireless Security Components

  • Wi-Fi Security Issues
  • Authentication and Encryption
  • Key Management
  • Challenge

Lesson 2: Explaining 802.11 Security

  • Authentication
  • Encryption
  • Additional Security Measures
  • Challenge

Lesson 3: Explaining the 802.1X and EAP Framework

  • IEEE 802.1X and Its Components
  • Challenge

Lesson 4: Describing EAP Authentication

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

Lesson 5: Describing WPA and WPA2 Security

  • WPA Authentication Modes
  • Challenge

Lesson 6: Providing Guest Access

  • Authentication Methods
  • Local Web Authentication
  • Challenge

Lesson 7: Configuring Native Operating Systems for WLAN Connectivity

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

Lesson 8: Configuring Smart Handheld Clients

  • Configure Apple iOS Handheld Devices
  • Configure Google Android 4.4 Clients
  • Guided Lab 1: Configure Windows 7 Client Access
    • Task 1: Establish an Open WLAN Connection
    • Task 2: Establish a PSK WLAN Connection
    • Task 3: Establish a PEAP WLAN Connection
    • Task 4: Establish a Web Authentication WLAN Connection
  • Challenge

Module 3: Cisco Wireless Network Architecture

Lesson 1: Defining Cisco Wireless Network Deployment Options

  • Cisco Unified Access Architecture
    • Cisco Unified Access Premises and Cloud Management
  • Challenge

Lesson 2: Defining Cisco One Management

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

Lesson 3: Defining Cisco One Policy

  • Cisco ISE Personas
  • Cisco ISE Licensing Model
  • Challenge

Lesson 4: Defining Cisco One Network

  • Wireless Controllers as a Function
  • Appliance-Based Wireless Controller Products
  • Cisco AireOS Wireless Controllers
  • Cisco Meraki Cloud-Managed Access Points
    • Cisco Meraki Cloud-Managed Outdoor Access Points
  • Cisco Aironet Access Points
    • Cisco Aironet Outdoor Access Points
  • Challenge

Lesson 5: Explaining Mobility Architecture Concepts

  • Cisco WLAN Architecture
    • Mobility Controller and Mobility Agent Functions
    • PoP and PoA Functions
  • Challenge

Lesson 6: Optimizing RF Conditions and Performance for Clients

  • Radio Resource Management and RF Groups
  • Cisco CleanAir
  • Cisco BandSelect
  • Cisco ClientLink
  • Challenge

Lesson 7: Describing Layer 2 Infrastructure Support

  • Mapping SSIDs to VLANs
    • Switch VLANs and Port Configurations for the WLAN
  • Link Aggregation for Cisco AireOS and IOS XE WLCs
    • WLAN Port Speed Requirements
  • Challenge

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

  • Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
  • Domain Name System
  • Network Time Protocol
  • Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting
  • Management Protocols
  • Control and Provisioning of Wireless Access Points
  • Guided Lab 2: Configuring the Wired Infrastructure
    • Task 1: Initialize the Catalyst 3650 Switch
    • Task 2: Configure Layer 2 Operations
    • Task 3: Configure Layer 3 IPv4 Operations
  • Challenge

Module 4: Centralized Wireless Access

Lesson 1: Initializing a Centralized WLC

  • Centralized WLC Deployment and Configuration—Centralized with Cisco AireOS WLC
  • WLC Command Line Interface
  • WLC AireOS CLI Setup Wizard
  • WLC AireOS GUI Setup Wizard
  • WLC WLAN Express Setup
  • WLC Advanced Menu Tabs
  • Controller Ports, Interfaces, and Mapping
  • Interfaces
  • Prime Infrastructure 2.2 and the WLC
  • Challenge

Lesson 2: Describing AP Initialization

  • AP Discovery Process
  • Universal AP Priming
  • AP Failover Process
  • AP Failover Priority
  • High Availability
  • AP Modes of Operation
  • Guided Lab 3: Initialize a Centralized WLAN Deployment
    • Task 1: Initialize the WLC-2504 Via CLI
  • Challenge

Lesson 3: Exploring Additional WLC Features

  • Explain and Configure ClientLink
    • Explain and Configure Band Select
      • Local Profiling and Policy
  • Challenge

Lesson 4: Implementing 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
  • Challenge

Lesson 5: Configuring Client Access

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

Lesson 6: Implementing Roaming in the Centralized Architecture

  • Intracontroller and Intercontroller 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
  • Guided Lab 4: Configure the Centralized WLAN Deployment
    • Task 1: Review and Modify Management Access
    • Task 2: Review AP Status
    • Task 3: Configure RF Power and Channel
    • Task 4: Configure a WLAN
    • Task 5: Enable Additional Features
    • Task 6: Associate the Client
    • Task 7: Review CleanAir
    • Task 8: Disassociate the Client
  • Guided Lab 5: Configure an IPv6 Operation in a Centralized WLAN Deployment
    • Task 1: Review Client Association before IPv6 Configuration
    • Task 2: Enable IPv6 Infrastructure
    • Task 3: Associate the Client after IPv6 Configuration
  • Guided Lab 6: Configure Security in a Centralized WLAN Deployment
    • Task 1: Implement WPA PSK Authentication
    • Task 2: Implement Local EAP Authentication
    • Task 3: Implement EAP with RADIUS Authentication
    • Task 4: Implement WebAuth Authentication
  • Guided Lab 7: Configure Guest Access Using the Anchor WLC
    • Task 1: Add the Foreign WLC on the Anchor WLC
    • Task 2: Add the Anchor WLC on the Foreign WLC
    • Task 3: Configure the Guest WLAN on the Foreign WLC
    • Task 4: Configure the Guest WLAN on the Anchor WLC
    • Task 5: Create the Local User on the Anchor WLC
    • Task 6: Associate the Client using WLC Credentials
    • Task 7: Associate the Client using ISE Credentials
    • Task 8: Lab Cleanup
  • Challenge

Module 5: Converged Wireless Access

Lesson 1: Initializing a Converged Access Cisco WLC and WCM

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

Lesson 2: Describing AP Connectivity

  • AP Connectivity
  • Unsupported Features of Converged Cisco WCMs
  • License Requirements of Converged WCMs
  • Challenge

Lesson 3: Exploring Additional Wireless Features

  • Cisco ClientLink Configuration
  • Cisco BandSelect Configuration
  • Local Profiling and Local Policies
  • Challenge

Lesson 4: Configuring Client Access

  • WLAN Open Authentication
  • WLAN PSK Authentication
  • Local EAP Authentication
  • WLAN Local EAP Authentication
  • RADIUS Authentication
  • Web Authentication
  • Challenge

Lesson 5: Implementing Roaming in the Converged Architecture

  • Converged Mobility Overview
  • Layer 2 and Layer 3 Roaming
  • WebAuth Deployments
  • Design and Scaling Best Practices
  • Mobility Deployment Models Centralized with Cisco AireOS WLC or IOS XE WLC
  • Guided Lab 8: Deploy a Converged Access WLAN
    • Task 1: Verify the Catalyst 3650 Status
    • Task 2: Initialize the Catalyst 3650 Wireless Controller and AP
    • Task 3: Adjust RF Power and Channel
    • Task 4: Configure a WLAN
    • Task 5: Enable Additional Features
    • Task 6: Associate the Client
    • Task 7: Review CleanAir
    • Task 8: Disassociate the Client
  • Guided Lab 9: Configure Security on a Converged WLAN Deployment
    • Task 1: Implement WPA2 PSK Authentication
    • Task 2: Implement Local EAP Authentication
    • Task 3: Implement RADIUS Authentication
    • Task 4: Implement WebAuth Pass-Through
    • Task 5: Implement Local WebAuth
  • Challenge

Module 6: Small and Remote Wireless Access

Lesson 1: Understanding Cisco FlexConnect Architecture

  • Cisco FlexConnect Overview
  • Cisco FlexConnect Groups
  • Cisco FlexConnect Requirements
    • Objective: Describe Cisco FlexConnect requirements
  • Client Access Configuration
  • Challenge

Lesson 2: Understanding Autonomous AP Architecture

  • Autonomous AP Management Options
  • Autonomous AP Initialization
  • Autonomous AP Configuration
  • Additional Autonomous AP Features
  • Challenge

Lesson 3: Understanding Cloud Architecture

  • Cisco Cloud Products Overview
  • Infrastructure Requirements for Cloud APs
  • Cloud AP Initialization
  • Cloud AP Management
  • RF 802.11 Access
  • Client Access
  • Guided Lab 10: Implement a FlexConnect WLAN Deployment
    • Task 1: Configure the Switch for FlexConnect Connectivity
    • Task 2: Add a New WLAN for FlexConnect Testing
    • Task 3: Adjust the AP Mode of Operation
    • Task 4: Test Client Access for FlexConnect
    • Task 5: Implement a FlexConnect Group
    • Task 6: Test Client Access for the FlexConnect Group
  • Guided Lab 11: Initialize an Autonomous WLAN Deployment
    • Task 1: Initialize and Configure the Autonomous AP
    • Task 2: Test Client Access to the Autonomous AP
  • Guided Lab 12: Configure Security on an Autonomous AP WLAN Deployment
    • Task 1: Implement PSK Authentication on an Autonomous AP
    • Task 2: Implement RADIUS Authentication on an Autonomous AP
    • Task 3: Autonomous Lab Cleanup
  • Guided Lab 13: Configure Security on a Cloud WLAN Deployment
    • Task 1: Implement PSK Authentication on a Cloud WLAN Deployment
    • Task 2: Implement Local EAP-PEAP on a Cloud WLAN Deployment
    • Task 3: Implement WebAuth on a Cloud WLAN Deployment
    • Task 4: Disable SSIDs on the Cloud WLAN Deployment
  • Challenge

Module 7: WLAN Design

Lesson 1: Describing the Predictive WLAN Design Process

  • Predictive WLAN Design Process Overview
    • Predictive WLAN Design Tools
  • Challenge

Lesson 2: Describing the WLAN Site Survey Process

  • WLAN Site Survey Process Overview
  • Initial Walk-Through
  • Predeployment Site Survey: Active Site Survey
  • Postdeployment Site Survey
  • Guided Lab 14: Perform a Predictive WLAN Design
    • Task 1: Familiarization with Ekahau Site Survey Pro + Planner
    • Task 2: Perform a basic predictive WLAN design using a single floor layout.
  • Guided Lab 15: Perform a Passive Site Survey Analysis
    • Task 1: Configure the AP for Spectrum Expert AP mode of operation
    • Task 2: Configure MetaGeek Chanalyzer Spectrum Analyzer Software
    • Task 3: Load RF Capture Information into MetaGeek Chanalyzer Spectrum Analyzer Software
    • Task 4: Analyze RF Capture Information into MetaGeek Chanalyzer Spectrum Analyzer Software
  • Challenge

Module 8: WLAN Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Lesson 1: Describing WLAN Maintenance

  • Licensing Options
  • Image Update Methods
  • Backup and Restore Process
  • Challenge

Lesson 2: Explaining WLAN Troubleshooting Tools

  • Third-Party Tools
  • Cisco Troubleshooting Tools
  • Challenge

Lesson 3: Describing WLAN Troubleshooting Methodology

  • Troubleshooting Techniques
  • Best Practices
  • Common Wireless Issues
  • Guided Lab 16: Perform Centralized Controller Maintenance
    • Task 1: Back Up the WLC Configuration
    • Task 2: Optional: Perform an AireOS Upgrade to the WLC
  • Guided Lab 17: Perform Wi-Fi Scanning
    • Task 1: Enable MetaGeek inSSIDer
    • Task 2: Review 2.4-GHz Activity
    • Task 3: Review 5-GHz Activity
  • Guided Lab 18: Challenge: Various Trouble Tickets
    • Task 1: Challenge Ticket #1
    • Task 2: Challenge Ticket #2
    • Task 3: Answer Key
  • Challenge

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