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Implementing Cisco Unified Wireless Network Essential

Note: Cisco plans to retire the exam associated with this training Dec. 15, 2015. However, this course retains value as an IT training resource....
Note: Cisco plans to retire the exam associated with this training Dec. 15, 2015. However, this course retains value as an IT training resource.

This Cisco wireless training with Keith Barker covers the fundamentals of Wireless LANs (WLANs), including topics such as the integration of Access Points (APs), WLAN Controllers (WLCs), the implementation of WLAN security, and more.

Related area of expertise:
  • Cisco wireless networking

Recommended skills:
  • Cisco CCENT/ICND1-level knowledge or equivalent. (CCENT/ICND1 certification is a prerequisite for the 640-722 exam)

Recommended equipment:
  • Wireless controller or ESX environment where you can run the virtual WLC (vWLC). Evaluation copies of the vWLC are available from Cisco.
  • At least one AP compatible with the vWLC or physical controller you will be using.

Related certifications:
  • CCNP Wireless
  • CCIE Wireless

Related job functions:
  • Designing, implementing, maintaining or operating Cisco wireless network installations.

This course will assist you in obtaining the knowledge and skills to configure, implement, monitor, troubleshoot, and support Cisco WLANs. This Cisco wireless training can be applied to other vendors’ WLANs as well, because there are basic concepts, techniques and standards involved, regardless of vendor.
This course also presents everything you need to know for the 640-722 IUWNE (Implementing Cisco Unified Wireless Networking Essentials) exam.
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1. Welcome to Wireless (6 min)
2. Terms and Topology (21 min)
3. Standards and Regulations (15 min)
4. RF 101 (21 min)
5. Power Math (18 min)
6. Antennas (15 min)
7. 802.11 and Friends (26 min)
8. Frame Types and Etiquette (24 min)
9. A Tale of 10 Frames (15 min)
10. Other Wireless Technologies (9 min)
11. AP & WLC (Dynamic Duo) (11 min)
12. VLANs and SSIDs (preparing the switch) (21 min)
13. Deploy the WLC (26 min)
14. Ahhh, the first WLAN (18 min)
15. WLC Discovery (24 min)
16. AP à la Mode (24 min)
17. Roaming (34 min)
18. Converting APs (25 min)
19. Security 101.5 (22 min)
20. 802.1x & EAP (32 min)
21. Encryption Keys and AAA Servers (23 min)
22. Web Authentication (20 min)
23. WCS (18 min)
24. Troubleshooting WLANs (23 min)
25. Rogue APs (17 min)
26. Clients (12 min)

Welcome to Wireless


Hello, my name is Keith Barker. And on behalf of the entire CBT Nuggets family I'd like to welcome you to CCNA Wireless. Let's begin. The first question right off the bat is this, who exactly is this series for? And to answer that I'd like to have you answer the following questions-- are you interested in getting the knowledge and skills that you need to configure or implement or support a wireless local area network?


Now, if your answer to any one of those was yes, I either need or want to have those skills, then you, my friend, are exactly the person that we created this series for. Having the skills and investing the time to improve those skills in the wireless local area networking has lots of benefits.


For example, let's say, the network is having some kind of a disruption of service. So they call you. Now you might be saying, well, Keith, that's not a real big benefit. I don't want them to call me when there's a problem. But let's say that's your responsibility.


And when they do call you, because you understand the components and how they work, you can isolate it. Is it the AAA server not talking to the controller? Is an issue with the CAPWAP tunnel between the access points and the controller? Is at the client?


For example, Bob, who's wireless profile is doing the wrong type of authentication. And he's trying to connect to the wireless network. And you see, because you'll understand those components and how they interact with each other your value to the company and to the customers you serve will go up.


In addition to improving your skills and getting better and better at wireless local area networks, Cisco also has a certification that if you want to pursue, this series can help you with that as well. And here's my thinking on that. As you and I go through this series together, Nugget by Nugget, we're going to learn how to implement, configure, and troubleshoot a wireless network.


And as a byproduct, if we choose to go take a certification exam to validate our knowledge with a certification of CCNA wireless following your name that could easily be a byproduct of this training as well. Because although I focused on practical application for wireless local area networks in this series, I also paid attention to the Cisco published official blueprint for their CCNA wireless to make sure that you're going to be prepared for that as well.


If you are pursuing CCNA wireless the certification exam is 640-722. The other question I quite often get regarding the CCNA certification in wireless is are there any prerequisites? And the answer is yes. You do have to pay for an exam with Cisco or through one of their testing centers.


You also have to have previously passed the ICND1/CCENT certification exam. So if you have a CCNA in routing and switching you've already met that obligation. So it's an ICND1/CCENT or higher. So CCNA routing and switching would qualify as would the CCENT.


And then it's simply one more exam-- this one right here-- that takes you to CCNA wireless as well. And let me share with you something. As more and more companies are depending and implementing more wireless, a CCNA wireless certification to add on to your other certifications, and not just so you can put it on your business card, but because you'll have the skills associated with that certification as well.


There are some very specific things I'd like to ask you to do so you can get the most out of the series. Number one is to go ahead and watch the videos. Take the time. Schedule some time so you can watch these videos. And here's what I found out. If you, like me, enjoy having a tour guide that's going to walk you through logically, step by step, you're going to love this video.


And I personally would like to volunteer. My hand is up. I would like to volunteer to be your personal tour guide as we go through this together, one on one. The second thing I'd like you do, I'd like you to practice. Now you might be saying, well, Keith, I don't have access to a wireless LAN controller and access points and everything else.


The reality is, though, it's very likely you do have some access to some wireless devices. For example, the computer you're sitting at, maybe a home-wireless network that you have. A lot of the concepts regarding wireless can be validated and tested using access to things that you already have.


And as we go through it together I'll share some of the tools I'm using-- third-party tools-- to help validate the networks that are currently in place. Now for those of you that have a virtual playground, for example, perhaps you have access to an ESX server.


Which, by the way, ESX is free. So it doesn't cost money for licensing of ESX. Cisco has a virtual wireless LAN controller that you can download as an evaluation. So that means we don't even need to have a physical controller to start practicing with working with one.


So I would encourage you to practice along in the journey. The third step is I'd like you to share what you know with others. And let me clarify that a little bit. It just sounded like I said please share these videos with others. Having a subscription to the full IT library is very affordable for most people.


So I strongly encourage anybody who wants to become really good at technology, go ahead and invest in a subscription that gives you access to the full IT library. And regarding sharing, what I'd like to do is share your knowledge with others. For example, if you have a coworker that's wondering about 802.11I versus B, versus G, versus N, take a minute and explain to them how that works or what the benefit of using something like 802.11I is and what that's all about.


Or for example, what the heck is CAPWAP? Which, along with the VLAN, is one of my top 10 favorite words in networking, CAPWAP. So share what you know and communicate it to others. That'll benefit two people. It'll benefit you because it'll reinforce the concepts in your mind.


And it will help the other person that you're sharing with. Because as the tide rises, all boats rise, including yourself. And the last step I'd like you to do in every single video-- and this will be number four on the list-- is simply to have a boatload of fun.


It's been scientifically proven that if you're enjoying it-- which, by the way, I had a great time in these videos, creating them with the anticipation that you and I would be going through them together. So by realizing that we are going to have fun in each and every video together your retention will improve.


The learning process will be quicker. And at the end of the day, having fun is a lot better than not having fun. One of the challenges people come across when they learn new technologies is all the brand new words and terms, a brand new vocabulary. So what I'm want to do is I'm going to keep this intro very short.


Because I want you and I to jump in the very next video, which is the terms and vocabulary in this wonderful world of wireless. So I hope is introduction has been informative for you. I'd like to do you for viewing and look forward to seeing you in the very next video.

Terms and Topology

Standards and Regulations

RF 101

Power Math


802.11 and Friends

Frame Types and Etiquette

A Tale of 10 Frames

Other Wireless Technologies

AP & WLC (Dynamic Duo)

VLANs and SSIDs (preparing the switch)

Deploy the WLC

Ahhh, the first WLAN

WLC Discovery

AP à la Mode


Converting APs

Security 101.5

802.1x & EAP

Encryption Keys and AAA Servers

Web Authentication


Troubleshooting WLANs

Rogue APs


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