Implementing Cisco Unified Wireless Networking Essentials

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Implementing Cisco Unified Wireless Networking Essentials (IUWNE) v2.0 is a five-day instructor-led course that is designed to help students prepare for the CCNA© wireless certification, an associate-level certification specializing in the wireless field. The goal of the course is to provide students with information and practice activities to prepare them to help design, install, configure, monitor, and conduct basic troubleshooting tasks for a Cisco wireless LAN (WLAN) in small and medium-size business (SMB) and enterprise installations. This course provides entry-level information, and it does not specialize in any of the advanced features of the Cisco WLAN network solutions.

Intended Audience

The primary audience includes individuals who are involved in the technical management of Cisco platforms and solutions, which involves installing, configuring, operating, and troubleshooting. Network planning and design are covered in other Cisco courses. In this course, the target audience will be referred to generically as 'technicians.'

  • Network engineers
  • Network administrators
  • Network managers
  • Systems engineers


The secondary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Network designers
  • Project managers 

At Completion

After completing this course, students will be able to...

  • Describe the fundamentals of wireless networks
  • Install a Cisco Unified Wireless Network 
  • Describe and configure a basic wireless client using either the default operating system or Cisco Wireless LAN (WLAN) adapter configuration utilities
  • Configure wireless security
  • Manage the wireless network with Cisco WCS
  • Maintain and troubleshoot a wireless network


The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this course are as follows:

  • Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1)
  • Cisco CCENT©_ certification
  • Learners who are considered for this training will have a basic knowledge of the following:
  • The Cisco lifecycle deployment
  • The Cisco Service-Oriented Network Architecture (SONA)


It is also recommended that learners considered for this training have a basic knowledge of the following:

  • Wireless standards (IEEE)
  • Wireless regulator environment (FCC, European Telecommunications Standards Institute [ETSI], and so on)
  • Wireless certification organization (Wi-Fi Alliance)


Learners who are considered for this training will have demonstrated competencies (knowledge, skills, and attitudes) equivalent to the following:

  • Basic computer literacy, including the use of general office software such as Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel
  • Basic Windows navigation and keyboard literacy skills
  • Basic Internet usage skills
  • Basic email usage skills

Exams & Certifications


Course Outline

Module 1: Wireless Fundamentals 

  • Lesson 1: Describing Wireless Networks and Topologies
  • Lesson 2: Describing WLAN RF Principles
  • Lesson 3: Describing RF Mathematics
  • Lesson 4: Describing Antennas
  • Lesson 5: Describing Spread Spectrum Technologies
  • Lesson 6: Describing Wireless Regulation Bodies, Standards, and Certifications
  • Lesson 7: Examining Wireless Media Access
  • Lesson 8: Examining Non-802.11 Wireless Technologies and Their Impact on WLANs
  • Lesson 9: Reviewing the Wireless Frame Journey: End to End
  • Lesson 10: Identifying Design and Site-Survey Considerations

Module 2: Basic Cisco WLAN Installation

  • Lesson 1: Understanding Cisco Unified Wireless Network Basic Architecture
  • Lesson 2: Configuring a Controller 
  • Lesson 3: Discovering and Associating with a Controller
  • Lesson 4: Describing Access Point Operational Modes
  • Lesson 5: Roaming 
  • Lesson 6: Managing the Network from the Controller
  • Lesson 7: Configuring and Migrating Standalone Access Points

Module 3: Wireless Clients

  • Lesson 1: Using Default Configuration Tools
  • Lesson 2: Configuring the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client
  • Lesson 3: Understanding the Cisco Compatible Extensions Program

Module 4: WLAN Security

  • Lesson 1: Describing WLAN Security Components
  • Lesson 2: Establishing IEEE 802.11 Security
  • Lesson 3: Centralizing WLAN Authentication:
  • Lesson 4: Describing EAP Authentications
  • Lesson 5: Managing Authentication and Encryption Through WPA and WPA2
  • Lesson 6: Configuring Wireless Security on Controllers and Clients

Module 5: Cisco WCS Basics

  • Lesson 1: Introducing Cisco WCS and Cisco WCS Navigator
  • Lesson 2: Navigating the Cisco WCS Interface
  • Lesson 3: Working with Controllers from Cisco WCS
  • Lesson 4: Working with Preconfigured Maps
  • Lesson 5: Monitoring the Network with Cisco WCS 
  • Lesson 6: Working with Cisco CleanAir in Cisco WCS 

Module 6: WLAN Maintenance and Troubleshooting

  • Lesson 1: Maintaining the System
  • Lesson 2: Troubleshooting a Wireless Network


  • Lab 1-1: Becoming Familiar with Antennas and Ranges
  • Lab 1-2: Creating an Ad Hoc (IBSS) Network and Analyzing the Communication
  • Lab 2-1: Configuring a Cisco 2504 WLC
  • Lab 2-2: Downgrading a Controller-Based AP to an Autonomous AP
  • Lab 3-1: Configuring Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client
  • Lab 3-2: Experiencing Connections and Roaming
  • Lab 4-1: Configuring WLC PSK Authentication
  • Lab 4-2: Configuring Cisco Autonomous Access Point PSK Authentication
  • Lab 4-3: Configuring EAP-FAST Authentication with WPA
  • Lab 4-4: Configuring 802.1Q and Web Authentication 
  • Lab 5-1: Configuring Controllers and APs from Cisco WCS
  • Lab 5-2: Working with Cisco WCS
  • Lab 5-3: Monitoring the Network and Containing Devices
  • Lab 6-1: Backing Up the Cisco WLC Configuration Files
  • Lab 6-2: Troubleshooting
  • Lab 6-3 Troubleshooting with Wireshark and Converting an Autonomous AP to WLC Mode



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