Implementing Cisco Unified Wireless Networking Essentials (IUWNE v2.0)

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About this Course

The Implementing Cisco Unified Wireless Networking Essentials 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 IUWNE 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 IUWNE v2.0 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.

This course is available in multiple formats. You can purchase instructor-led training (ILT) in a  classroom setting or virtual ILT via the web. Both the classroom ILT and virtual ILT versions of this course come with access to our state of the art remote labs that use actual Cisco equipment. For the classroom ILT version of this course, laptops are provided to participate in the hands-on labs. If you desire to use your own laptop, please bring a laptop computer with an Ethernet port as well as an internal wireless NIC, 802.11a/b/g/n. The laptop’s operating systems must be Windows XP (SP3). If your operating system is Windows Vista or Windows 7, include a Terminal Emulator such as HyperTerminal. IN ADDITION, if your laptop does not contain Terminal Emulation you will need administrator rights to the laptop to install software.

At Course Completion

After completing this course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe wireless fundamentals, such as topologies, RF principles and math, antennae, spread spectrum technologies, frames and physics, wireless regulatory bodies, standards and certifications, and the non-802.11f wireless technologies  and their impact on Wi-Fi
  • Describe the Cisco Unifies Wireless Networks basics and configure a Cisco Unified Wireless Network controller and a Cisco Mobility Express controller
  • Describe and configure default operating system wireless client configuration tools, use the Cisco Aironet Desktop Utility an Site Survey Utility and the Cisco Secure Services Client (SSC), and describe the Cisco Compatible Extensions program
  • Describe and configure wireless security
  • Manage the wireless network from the Cisco Wireless Control System (WCS)
  • Maintain and troubleshoot wireless networks


  • Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1)
  • Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 (ICND2)

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