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Certified Wireless Technology Specialist – CWTS

SKU: NCX-CW-N-TS-1 Category: Tags: , ,

This certification is ideal for Sales Managers, non-technical Engineering Team Managers, and those beginning their careers in Wireless Networking.

The training for this certification provides a solid foundation in Wireless Networking and gives a high-level overview of the field. The concepts which can be learned in this class will act as a firm foundation upon which to build future knowledge.

This course introduces topics such as basic RF theory in an easy-to-understand format, regulatory requirements, and explains the methodology for implementation of WLAN devices. This course focuses on introducing Wi-Fi professionals to the latest in 802.11 technologies.

If the student is considering entering into or advancing within the wireless networking industry, this course will provide a solid foundation in Wireless Networking.

This class is the first in the series of CWNP certification classes which can lead to the prestigious CWNE – Certified Wireless Networking Expert – designation!

Main Areas Covered by CWTS:

  • Basic Radio Frequency (RF) Theory
  • Regulatory Requirements
  • 802.11 Technologies


Course Objectives

  • Understand basic RF theory
  • Define applicable regulatory requirements
  • Understand the methodology for implementation of WLAN devices
  • Describe the latest 802.11 technologies


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Exam Required for CWTS Certification

Proctored Exam 90 minutes (60 questions: multiple choice / multiple answer)
Exam Proctor: PearsonVUE
Recertification: none. This is a “lifetime” certification. No expiration.

***IMPORTANT NOTE: the CWTS exam will be permanently retired as of December 31, 2018
All CWTS exams must be taken before this time. Any CWTS certifications earned before this date will remain valid (see “Recertification” above).***

CWTS will be replaced by CWS (sales team focus) and CWT (technical focus).

Course Outline

Module 1 – Introduction to Networking
  • Network Types
  • Network Topologies
  • OSI Model
  • Device Addressing
Module 2 – Introduction to WiFi
  • Where WiFi is Used
  • Organizations Governing WiFi
  • IEEE Standards
Module 3 – WiFi Infrastructure and Client Devices
  • Access Points
  • WLAN Controllers
  • Wireless Bridges
  • Wireless Repeaters
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE)
  • Client Devices / Software
Module 4 – WiFi Terminology and Operation
  • WiFi Modes of Operation
  • Service Set Naming
  • Client Association and Roaming Process
  • Power Save Fundamentals
  • Data Rates
Module 5 – Radio Frequency Fundamentals
  • RF Wave Fundamentals
  • Frequency Fundamentals
  • RF Characteristics
  • RF Interference
  • Power Measurement
  • WiFi Channels
Module 6 – Antennas and Accessories
  • Antenna Function
  • Antenna Types
  • Line of Sight
  • Polarization
  • Antenna Diversity
  • WiFi System Accessories
Module 7 – Under The Hood
  • Medium Access and Collision Avoidance
  • Modulation
  • Mixed Mode Environments and Protection Mechanisms
  • Coexistence with RF Interference
Module 8 – RF Site Surveys
  • Purposes of an RF Site Survey
  • RF Site Survey Types
  • Steps Involved in the RF Site Survey Process
Module 9 – WiFi Security
  • Understand WiFI Security Needs
  • Legacy Security
  • WiFi Protected Setup (WPS)
  • Security Terminology
  • WPA2-Personal, WPA2-Enterprise, and Encryption
  • Advanced Security Options
  • Compliance
  • Best Practices
Module 10 – WiFi Troubleshooting
  • Troubleshooting Tools
  • Common WiFi Problems