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Effective: Winter 2014

Advisory: Advisory: C S 50A.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter)

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Description -
A broad and in-depth knowledge of Enterprise Wireless LAN Administration. Provides a complete foundation of knowledge for entering into or advancing in the wireless networking industry. From basic RF theory to 802.11 frame exchange processes, this course delivers hands-on training that will benefit the novice as well as the experienced network professional. It provides preparation for the CWNA Certification examination.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Discuss the to 802.11 WLAN standards
  2. Explain radio frequency fundamentals
  3. Categorize RF Power Output Regulations
  4. Describe power over ethernet
  5. Compare the elements of basic WLAN Analysis
  6. Identify the major methods of coordinating 802.11 frame transmissions
  7. Explain RF Math and System Operating Margin
  8. Relate the various 802.11 Service Sets
  9. Recognize the challenges addressed by 802.11n
  10. Explain wireless LAN Operation
  11. Discuss WLAN Security
  12. Illustrate the need for site surveys
  13. Illustrate basics antenna types, operation, and use
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Network laboratory with current Cisco network equipment host computers required to support the class.
  2. Website or course management system with an assignment posting component (through which all lab assignments are to be submitted) and a forum component (where students can discuss course material and receive help from the instructor). This applies to all sections, including on-campus (i.e., face-to-face) offerings.
  3. When taught via Foothill Global Access on the Internet, the college will provide a fully functional and maintained course management system through which the instructor and students can interact.
  4. When taught via Foothill Global Access on the Internet, students must have currently existing e-mail accounts and ongoing access to computers with internet capabilities.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. 802.11 WLAN standards
    1. The standards organizations responsible for shaping the 802.11 Wireless LAN protocol
    2. How standards compliance is enforced for 802.11 WLAN vendors
    3. The 802.11 standard and various amendments
    4. Additional networking standards that are commonly used to enhance 802.11 WLANs
  2. Radio frequency fundamentals
    1. Physical aspects of RF propagation
    2. Types of losses and attenuation that affect RF communications
    3. Types of modulation and coding schemes (MCS) used for 802.11 communications
    4. How channels and bandwidth are related to each other in wireless networks
    5. Types of Spread Spectrum used in wireless networking
  3. RF Power Output Regulations
    1. International, regional, and local RF spectrum management organizations
    2. RF channels in the unlicensed 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency ranges
    3. How power output limitations are enforced by the FCC for Point-to-Multipoint (PtMP) and Point-to-Point (PtP) wireless connections
  4. Power over ethernet
    1. The two types of devices used in Power over Ethernet (PoE)
    2. The differences between the two types of Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE)
    3. The two ways in which power can be delivered using PoE
    4. The importance of planning to maximize the efficiency of Power over Ethernet
    5. The two standards currently available for PoE
    6. Powering 802.11n APs
  5. Elements of basic WLAN Analysis
    1. Protocol Analysis
    2. 802.11 Frame Types
    3. Data Frames
    4. Control Frames
    5. Management Frames
    6. Protection Mechanisms
    7. Legacy Power Saving operations
    8. Transmission Rates
  6. Major methods of coordinating 802.11 frame transmissions
    1. Differences between CSMA/CD and CSMA/CA
    2. Distributed Coordination Function (DCF)
    3. Network Allocation Vector (NAV)
    4. Clear Channel Assessment (CCA)
    5. Interframe Spacing (IFS)
    6. Contention Window (CW)
    7. Quality of Service in 802.11 WLANs
    8. Point Coordination Function (PCF)
    9. Hybrid Coordination Function (HCF)
  7. RF Math and System Operating Margin
    1. RF units of measure
    2. Basic RF mathematics
    3. RF signal measurements
    4. Understand link budgets
  8. 802.11 Service Sets
    1. Three types of service sets defined for use within 802.11 WLANs
    2. 802.11 authentication and association
    3. 802.11 network infrastructure
    4. Roaming within a WLAN
    5. Load-balancing as a method to improve congestion in WLANs
    6. The 802.11n Amendment
  9. The challenges addressed by 802.11n
    1. 802.11n PHY/MAC layer enhancements
    2. MIMO and SISO systems
    3. 802.11n coexistence mechanisms
    4. 802.11n integration and deployment considerations
    5. 802.11n site surveying and analysis
  10. Wireless LAN Operation
    1. WLAN Hardware Devices
    2. WLAN Software
    3. Architecture Types and Evolution
    4. Ad Hoc & Infrastructure Connectivity Operation
    5. AP Modes
    6. Bridging & Repeating
    7. Mesh Networking
    8. WLAN Controller Deployments
    9. WLAN Profiles
    10. Multichannel Architecture (MCA)
    11. Single Channel Architecture (SCA)
    12. WLAN Management Systems (WNMS)
  11. Wireless LAN Security
    1. The Importance of WLAN Security
    2. Security Policy
    3. Legacy WLAN Security Mechanisms
    4. Modern WLAN Security Mechanisms
    5. Baseline WLAN Security Practices
  12. Site surveys
    1. Defining an RF site survey
    2. Spectrum Analysis
    3. Types of RF site surveys
    4. Manual RF site surveys
    5. Predictive Modeling
    6. Dense AP deployments
  13. Antennas
    1. Types of antennas and antenna systems commonly used in 802.11 WLANs
    2. Antenna Polarization and Gain
    3. Antenna implementation and safety
    4. Types of antenna cables, connectors, and other accessories
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Tests and quizzes
  2. Written laboratory assignments.
  3. Final examination
Representative Text(s) -
Coleman, David A. CWNA Certified Wireless Network Administrator Official Study Guide: Exam PW0-104,Indianapolis:SYBEX, 2010.

Disciplines -
Computer Science
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lectures which include motivation for the architecture of the specific topics being discussed.
  2. In-person or On-line labs (for all sections, including those meeting face-to-face/on campus) consisting of
    1. An assignment web-page located on a college-hosted course management system or other department-approved Internet environment. Here, the students will review the specification of each assignment and submit their completed lab work.
    2. A discussion web-page located on a college hosted course management system or other department-approved Internet environment. Here, students can request assistance from the instructor and interact publicly with other class members.
  3. Detailed review of laboratory assignments which includes model solutions and specific comments on the student submissions.
  4. In person or on-line discussion which engages students and instructor in an ongoing dialog pertaining to all aspects of designing, implementing and analyzing programs.
  5. When course is taught fully on-line:
    1. Instructor-authored lecture materials, handouts, syllabus, assignments, tests, and other relevant course material will be delivered through a college hosted course management system or other department-approved Internet environment.
    2. Additional instructional guidelines for this course are listed in the attached addendum of CS department on-line practices.
Lab Content -
  1. Spectrum Analysis
    1. This lab is designed to familiarize the student with a laptop-based spectrum analyzer, specifically covering the following areas
      1. Real Time FFT
      2. FFT Duty Cycle
      3. Channel Utilization
      4. Interference with Wi-Fi Channels
      5. Interfering Device Discovery
    2. Students will install the spectrum analyzer software
    3. Load a pre-recorded spectrum captures for analysis.
  2. Wireless LAN Access-Point Configuration
    1. Configure an access point for a specific channel
    2. Configure an access point for specific modes
    3. Configure an SSID
    4. Configure a WLAN Client and verify connectivity
  3. Laptop Wireless Analyzers
    1. Install and configure a WLAN discovery tool
      1. Locating traffic on 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz WLANs
    2. Install and configure a laptop protocol analyzer
      1. Capturing and analyzing Management, Control, and Data frames
      2. Capturing and analyzing a WPA2-Personal authentication
  4. Site Survey
    1. Perform a manual site surveys (sometimes called the walkabout)
    2. Perform a predictive analysis using a software tool(sometimes called automated site surveying
  5. Basic WLAN Security
    1. Configure WPA compliant security
    2. Configure WPA2 compliant security
  6. Wireless Intrusion Prevention Systems
    1. Installation and configuration of WIPS
    2. Properly classifying authorized, rogue/unauthorized, and external/interfering access points or clients
    3. Configure event monitoring and notification
    4. Identify and mitige rogue devices
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading
    1. Textbook assigned reading averaging 50 pages per week.
    2. On-line resources as directed by instructor though links pertinent to networking.
    3. Library and reference material directed by instructor through course handouts.
  2. Writing
    1. Technical prose documentation that supports and describes the laboratory exercises that are submitted for a grade.