Cisco Networking Academy Program Fundamentals of Wireless LANs Companion Guide


The only authorized textbook for the Cisco Networking Academy Program

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The only authorized textbook for the Cisco Networking Academy Program

With the Fundamentals of Wireless LANs Companion Guide you can access this information for reference, study, and review at any time.

  • Chapter objectives outline the topics to be mastered by the end of each chapter. Refer to the objectives along with the chapter summaries as a study aid before you move on to new concepts.
  • Each chapter includes the definitions of all key terms to help you focus your study of relevant vocabulary and concepts.
  • Check Your Understanding questions at the end of each chapter serve as a self-assessment tool to ensure your knowledge of the chapter topics.
  • Key references to the corresponding hands-on labs collected in the supplemental Fundamentals of Wireless LANs Lab Companion mark opportunities to connect theory with practice.
  • Additional skill builders can be found on the companion CD-ROM and in the Fundamentals of Wireless LANs Engineering Journal and Workbook.

This Cisco Systems authorized textbook is a portable desk reference designed to accompany the Fundamentals of Wireless LANs online course in the Cisco Networking Academy Program. The Fundamentals of Wireless LANs Companion Guide covers all the topics from the online course with additional in-depth content to enhance your understanding plus supplemental aids to assist you in studying.

Fundamentals of Wireless LANs introduces you to the basics of wireless local-area networks (LANs). The wireless technologies discussed include fixed and mobile, terrestrial and satellite, wireless LANs, and wireless last loops with a focus on how toconfigure and use the popular Cisco Aironet products. You will develop practical experience in skills related to design, planning, and implementation of wireless networks. Hands-on training and in-depth looks at the 802.11 and other related consumer standards provide you with a strong foundation in the continued operation and troubleshooting of wireless networks.

The book and course are aligned with the Cisco Qualified Specialist-Wireless certification objectives to begin your preparation for the Cisco Wireless LAN Support Specialist certification exam.

Companion Titles:
Cisco Networking Academy Program Fundamentals of Wireless LANs Lab Companion
ISBN: 1-58713-121-8

Cisco Networking Academy Program Fundamentals of Wireless LANs Engineering Journal and Workbook
ISBN: 1-58713-120-X

Companion CD-ROM
The Companion CD-ROM supports the Cisco Networking Academy Program materials. The CD-ROM contains a test engine with 300+ simulated exam questions, high resolution photographs of wireless hardware, over 40 interactive activities, and over a dozen Demonstration Activities to enhance the learning experience.

This book is part of the Cisco Networking Academy Program Series from Cisco Press. The products in this series support and complement the Cisco Networking Academy Program.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587131196
  • Publisher: Cisco Press
  • Publication date: 3/2/2004
  • Series: Companion Guide Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 848
  • Product dimensions: 8.18 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 2.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Cisco Press is a collaboration between Cisco Systems, Inc., and Pearson Education that is charged with developing high-quality, cutting-edge educational and reference products for the networking industry. The products in the Cisco Networking Academy Program series are designed to prepare students for careers in the exciting networking field. These products have proven to be strong supplements to the web-based curriculum and are the only print companions that have been reviewed and endorsed by Cisco Systems for Cisco Networking Academy Program use.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Wireless Technology Background 3
Ch. 1 Introduction to Wireless LANs 5
Pt. II Wireless Equipment 55
Ch. 2 IEEE 802.11 and Network Interface Cards 57
Ch. 3 Wireless Radio Technology 129
Ch. 4 Wireless Topologies 169
Ch. 5 Access Points 229
Ch. 6 Bridges 351
Ch. 7 Antennas 419
Pt. III Wireless Site Security and Preparation 493
Ch. 8 Security 495
Ch. 9 Applications, Design, and the Site Survey Preparation 549
Ch. 10 Site Survey and Installation 593
Pt. IV Managing Wireless Networks 641
Ch. 11 Troubleshooting, Monitoring, Management, and Diagnostics 643
Ch. 12 Emerging Technologies 727
Appendixes 769
Glossary of Key Terms 771
Answers to Check Your Understanding Questions 789
The Physical Layer 797
Index 813
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2005

    Excellent Resource for Fundamental Knowledege on Wireless Networking

    ¿Fundamentals of Wireless LANS¿, published by Cisco Press, is a most appropriate title. Having read other books that were intended to have a similar fundamental-in-nature content, ¿Fundamentals of Wireless LANS¿ definitely offers more detail. The number of pages alone ¿ almost 800, excluding appendices ¿ are an indication right away that this book will contain a sufficient amount of detail. The reference about the book being authorized for the Cisco Networking Academy Program is also appropriate. The book is definitely geared toward the use of Cisco wireless networking equipment. The level of experience to fully comprehend the subject matter, and to perform the exercises throughout the book, are no more than that required of someone with CCNA-level knowledge. The focus of the book is on wireless networking equipment so, there a minimal references to traditional (wired) networking equipment. Also, the infrequent reference to wired networking equipment assumes that the reader understands the function(s) of this equipment, and again, this understanding is not beyond the level of CCNA knowledge. The reader that will find this book most useful is someone who wants to develop a solid foundation in wireless LAN principles, and wants to gain that understanding from a Cisco-centric perspective. Also, anyone pursuing the Cisco Wireless LAN specialization certification will find this book as an excellent preparatory source. There are examples that are illustrated in the chapters, along with examples on a CD-ROM that is included with the book. The examples throughout the chapters are extremely easy to follow; so easy, that each concept can fully comprehended without the use of any actual equipment. Of course, if the reader does have access to the actual equipment (or software utility) that are referenced in the examples, that will only serve to enhance the learning. Each illustration is well thought out, that makes it very easy for someone with good self-study skills to follow. Each chapter concludes with a list of the ¿key terms¿ restate where the focus was placed. Also, to challenge and test the comprehension of the material in the chapter, there are 10 questions that serve to reinforce the subject matter. Some chapters also contain URLs to Cisco websites that offer additional materials on the equipment or subject being discussed. The CD-ROM that is included with the book is awesome. The CD-ROM is comprised of the following components: 1)Test Engine, 2)Photo Zooms, 3)Interactive Activities, 4)Demo Activities, and 5)references to other Cisco-related WLAN resources. The ¿References¿ to other Cisco-related WLAN resources include some tools and utilities that are right on the CD-ROM. The Test Engine on the CD-ROM is consists of 2 components: 1) Study Mode, and 2) Practice Exam. The Study Mode component contains 296 questions, and the Practice Exam includes 70 questions. The questions cover concepts presented in all 12 chapters of the book. The Study Mode allows the reader to customize the number of questions to be tested, the chapters from which the questions will come from, and the time period (number of minutes) that is allowed to answer questions. The PhotoZooms provide photographs of the Cisco WLAN equipment that is referenced throughout the book. These photographs give a lot of credence to the cliché ¿ a picture is worth a thousand words. Being able to the equipment that is referenced throughout the book is invaluable. Also, along with each equipment photo is a description of the equipment. The Interactive Activities section of the CD-ROM provides 42 hands-on exercises. The exercises are a combination of dynamic and static illustrations. As the CD-ROM describes, these exercises are intended to help the reader to ¿¿master the basic Wireless concepts.¿ These exercises are a bonus even if the reader has access to the actual equipment. The Demo Activities on the CD-ROM contains 13 animate

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2004

    A Logical and Clear Wireless Guide

    The Cisco Network Academy Program book on Wireless Networking entitled ¿Fundamentals of Wireless LANs¿ published by Cisco Press is clearly developed for a specific audience. Normally, any Cisco Press book is geared towards individuals in the network arenas; and while many of these books are even more specific in nature, and geared to a defined set of individuals, with this book they do not forget that there are generalists that are also involved in the particular network environment that this book covers. Most of the time, possessing sufficient general knowledge of networking and how items interoperate, you can understand the text¿s intentions and learn from it. A key ingredient in understanding this book is to realize that wireless networking is in of itself not specific to a platform or concept, but a globally desired resource. An initial glance of the book was used to determine what the book had to offer and whether it was worth reading. This basic scan revealed that wireless technology and the deployment of this technology is not as simple as plugging in an access point and configuring your client card. The figures and tables provide excellent examples of the importance of the process and understanding needed to deploy a wireless environment. If you look at the back cover for an overview, you are only led to believe this book is designed to assist an individual in preparing for a certification from Cisco Systems as a wireless specialist, but this book contains so much more. I believe that this book is a must have for any individual researching the wireless networking environment, how it interoperates, and is developed; or for anyone responsible for an already established network. Having personal knowledge of deploying a large scale WLAN environment in the past and supporting it on a global basis, I wish this book had been available two years ago when I had to plan, execute and train individual network engineers on the fundamentals of a wireless network. The concepts and skills needed by any individual to develop and support any wireless environment are different from those needed for a basic network; and thus, this book helps not only educate the individual but also explains the do¿s and don¿ts, the why¿s and why not¿s, that matter in an Radio Frequency (RF) environment. The book is divided into five (5) clear sections (Background, Equipment, Site Security and Preparation, Managing, and finally an Appendix), each dealing with specifics. While at times this book is clearly a Cisco product and designed towards the Cisco Aironet product line as best demonstrated in Part II where the book mentions specific parts and components of the Aironet products, it still provides the general principles for designing and establishing a WLAN network regardless of vendor. With each section new information clearly builds on prior information, but also is general enough to allow an individual to only use that section. For example, in Chapter 4 Wireless Topologies, the chapter builds on prior items like wireless radio technology of Chapter 3 and the background of Part I, yet it is still independent enough to provide an understanding of how to deploy a wireless environment. This book does come with a supplemental CD that offers several components like demos and interactive labs, in addition to a practice exam to help you prepare for the actual Cisco exam. While the practice exam questions gave me a feel for the actual exam I found the rest of the CD of no additional benefit in supplementing what was covered within the book itself. What this book makes up for in specifics of itself, its¿ CD lacks several features that could make it better. Among these features are audio explanations of the examples and demos. Since Cisco Press used Macromedia¿ for the interactive demos and labs, it would seem only logical to include audio in the demos. I found this item a bit disconcerting and it made my exploration of the demos a bit

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