WDBWL v1.2 - Cisco Deploying Basic Wireless LANs

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This 3-day instructor-led, hands-on course is designed to give you a firm understanding of the Cisco Unified Wireless Networking for enterprise deployment scenarios. In this course, you will learn the basics of how to install, configure, operate, and maintain a wireless network, both as an add-on to an existing wireless LAN (WLAN) and as a new Cisco Unified Wireless Networking solution.

This course will build on top of Wireless LAN terms, concepts, protocols, architecture and Wireless LAN Characteristics introduced in the Wireless LAN Essentials eLearning course. In this course you will investigate the components, features, and deployment aspects of the system. You will have the opportunity to reinforce what you learn with hands-on labs. This course focuses on the essential network elements of a WLAN: the access points (APs) and wireless LAN controllers (WLCs).

This course provides high-level information about the optional but recommended network management and services appliance components of a Cisco Unified Wireless Network - the Cisco Prime Infrastructure (PI), and Mobility Services Engine (MSE)—but does not provide hands-on labs and in-depth coverage of these components. The Cisco management platform and MSE are covered in more depth in a separate course, Managing Cisco Wireless LANs (WMNGI).

If WDBWL is offered the same week as WDAWL, at the same location, you can attend the pair for $3,295.00, giving you a $1095.00 discount off the regular pricing for the individual classes.

To participate in the hands-on labs in this class, you need to bring a laptop computer with the following:

  • Windows 7 or 8.1 or 10 is recommended. Mac OSX 10.6 or greater is supported as well.
  • Intel Celeron or better processors are preferred.
  • 1 GB or more of RAM
  • Browser Requirements: Internet Explorer 10 or greater or Mozilla Firefox. (Safari and Mozilla Firefox for Mac OSX)
  • All students are required to have administrator rights to their PCs and cannot be logged in to a domain using any Group Policies that will limit their machine's capabilities.
  • If you do not have administrator rights to your PC, you at least need permissions to download, install, and run Cisco Any Connect Client.
  • If you are participating in a WebEx event, it is highly recommended to take this class at a location that has bandwidth speeds at a minimum of 1 Mbps bandwidth speeds.

If you have any questions or issues with meeting the recommended requirements, please contact us at rlt@skyline-ats.com to discuss.


Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:

  • Differentiate the characteristics of a unified wireless LAN architecture, and configure and test the controllers, access points, and basic features
  • Differentiate the characteristics of a FlexConnect architecture, configure and deploy a FlexConnect based wireless LAN
  • Perform routine maintenance, network monitoring, and common troubleshooting tasks on the Cisco wireless LAN
  • Describe and perform configuration with Ciscos new Ease of Use wizard, and best practices audit


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

  • Prior completion of the Cisco Wireless LAN Essentials eLearning course
  • Knowledge of basic networking principles, TCP/IP, bridging, routing protocol, and VLAN operation
  • Cisco CCNA certification or equivalent work experience
  • Basic Microsoft Windows, Windows networking, and Internet browser navigation skills

Who Should Attend

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Cisco Installers
  • Channel Installers
  • Customer Installers
  • Cisco System Engineers
  • Channel System Engineers
  • Cisco Field Engineers
  • Channel Field Engineers
  • Customer Field Engineers
  • Cisco Technical Support/TAC
  • Channel Technical Support/TAC
  • Customer Technical Support/TAC
  • Cisco Technical Marketing Engineers
  • Cisco Network Consulting Engineers

The secondary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Cisco Network Planners
  • Channel Network Planners
  • Customer Network Planners

The tertiary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Cisco Network Manager
  • Channel Network Manager
  • Customer Network Manager
  • Cisco Network Administrator
  • Channel Network Administrator
  • Customer Network Administrator


Module 1: Unified Deployments

    Lesson 1: Performing the Initial Wireless LAN Controller Configuration
    • Initial Setup
    • Cisco Ease of UseOverview
    • Connect to the WLC Web Interface
    • IPv6 Support
    • Summary

    Lesson 2: Describing Unified AP Modes of Operation

    • AP Operational Modes
    • AP Local Mode
    • AP Monitor Mode
    • AP Rogue Detector Mode
    • AP Sniffer Mode
    • AP Bridged Mode
    • AP SE-Connect Mode
    • AP FlexConnect Mode
    • OfficeExtend
    • Summary

    Lesson 3: Understanding the AP Association Process

    • AP Discovery and Join Process
    • AP Join Order
    • AP Failover Process
    • Summary

    Lesson 4: User Interfaces to the System

    • Cisco WLC Settings
    • Configuration Settings Located Under the WLANs Heading
    • Configuration Settings Located Under the Controller Heading
    • Configuration Settings Located Under the Wireless Heading
    • Configuration Settings Located Under the Security Heading
    • Configuration Settings Located Under the Management Heading
    • Cisco WLC CLI Settings
    • Using the Cisco Prime Infrastructure for WLC Configuration
    • Summary

    Lesson 5: Radio Resource Management and CleanAir

    • Split MAC Architecture
    • Radio Resource Management
    • Cisco CleanAir Implementation
    • Cisco CleanAir Concepts
    • Air Quality Configuration and Reporting
    • Cisco CleanAir-Enabled RRM
    • 8.1 WiFi Interference Awareness (EDRRM)
    • Summary

    Lesson 6: Administering WLANs and AP Groups

    • Wireless LANs
    • Passive Clients
    • AP Groups
    • RF Profiles
    • Summary

    Lesson 7: Configuring Mobility Groups and Roaming

    • The Terminology of Roaming
    • Wireless Roaming Concepts
    • Auto-anchor Mobility
    • Static IP Mobility
    • Summary

    Lesson 8: Configuring Security Options

    • Configuring the Local Database
    • MAC Filtering
    • Access Control Lists
    • Peer-to-Peer Blocking Mode
    • Configuring RADIUS Authentication
    • Local EAP
    • LDAP Configuration
    • Controlling AP Association via AP Authentication
    • Cisco TrustSec for Wireless
    • Management Frame Protection
    • 802.11w Brings a Standards Based MFP solution
    • Wi-Fi Direct
    • Security Policy Logic
    • Configuring WLANS with Enterprise Security
    • Summary

    Lesson 9: Performing General Administration

    • Network Routes
    • Cisco Discovery Protocol
    • DHCP Services
    • Multicast Services
    • Multicast Video Delivery Challenges
    • Evolving Need for Video over WLAN
    • mDNS aka Bonjour Gateway
    • Application Visibility and Control (AVC)
    • Updates to AVC
    • Summary

    Lesson 10: Providing Guest Access

    • Defining Guest Access
    • Methods for Providing Guest Access
    • Summary

Module 2: Deploying The FlexConnect Architecture

    Lesson 1: FlexConnect Deployments
    • Stand-Alone Mode
    • Local Authentication
    • Split Tunneling
    • Summary

    Lesson 2: FlexConnect Configuration and Operation

    • Fast Roaming
    • AAA Override
    • Peer-to-Peer
    • FlexConnect ACLs
    • FlexConnect Groups
    • Summary

    Lesson 3: 8.1 FlexConnect Enhancements

    • 8.1 AVC FlexConnect Overview
    • 8.1 FlexConnect Group VLAN Support
    • 8.1 FlexConnect AAA Override of VLAN Name
    • 8.1 FlexConnect Client Debugging on AP
    • Summary

Module 3: Maintaining and Troubleshooting a Cisco Wireless LAN

    Lesson 1: Performing Routine Maintenance
    • Locate Key Controller Information
    • Locate Key AP Information
    • Upgrade Controller Code
    • AP Pre-Image Download
    • WLC Administration
    • AP Administration
    • Summary

    Lesson 2: Configuring Policies and Management

    • Wireless Protection Policies
    • Managing Rogue Devices
    • Intrusion Detection Management
    • Aggressive Load Balancing
    • Monitoring Clients
    • Verifying Client Connectivity
    • Summary

    Lesson 3: Gathering Data

    • Gathering Wireless Network Performance Data
    • Using the AP to Gather Packets
    • Message Logging
    • WLC Statistics
    • Monitoring Clients
    • Summary

    Lesson 4: Troubleshooting in a Cisco Unified Wireless Network

    • Define a Methodology
    • PoE issues with newer ac APs
    • AP Association Troubleshooting
    • Analysis Tools Available in a Cisco Unified Wireless Network
    • Using WLC CLI and GUI Commands for Troubleshooting
    • Summary

Module 4: Cisco User Interface Enhancements

    Lesson 1: Ease of Use Features
    • Ease of Use Features - Overview
    • Evolution
    • Configuration
    • Best Practices Audit
    • Summary

Module 5: Appendix

    Lesson 1: Cisco Wireless LAN Essentials Refresher
    • Basic Networking and Wireless LAN Terms, Concepts, and Protocols (A Review)
    • Cisco Wireless LAN Architectures
    • Locating Key Documentation
    • Reviewing Cisco Wireless LAN Characteristics
    • Cisco Wireless LAN Security

    Lesson 2: Pre-Deployment Planning

    • Planning a Pre-Deployment
    • Planning Tools
    • Placing an AP

    Lesson 3: Autonomous Deployments

    • Configuring an AP
    • Autonomous AP Modes of Operation
    • 8.0 Autonomous AP Features
    • 8.1 Autonomous AP Features
    • Other Autonomous APs

Lab Outline

    Guided Lab 1: Perform the Initial Controller Configuration
    Guided Lab 2: Unified AP Modes of Operation
    Guided Lab 3: AP Association Options
    Guided Lab 4: Controller Web Interface
    Guided Lab 5: RRM and CleanAir Configuration
    Guided Lab 6: Configuring Security Parameters on the WLC
    Guided Lab 7: AVC Configuration
    Guided Lab 8: Configuring Basic B2C Guest Access and Web Authentication
    Guided Lab 9: FlexConnect Local Switching
    Guided Lab 10: Perform the Controller Configuration Using the Ease of Use Setup Wizard