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Deploying Cisco Wireless LANs (WDBWL-WDAWL)

This 5-day instructor-led, hands-on course provides learners with the skills and resources required to successfully plan, install, configure, troubleshoot, monitor, and maintain a Cisco Wireless LAN solution in a customer enterprise environment. The complexity of the topics covered build during the course, the first 3 days focus on Wireless Fundamentals such as: pre-deployment planning considerations, configuration of autonomous, unified and FlexConnect architectures, configuration of all base features, including wireless security, the administration of the WLAN network and the maintenance and troubleshooting of wireless network issues.

The final two days looks at the more challenging real-world scenario's such as client mobility between subnets, high client density and mesh network deployments.

Features released in code 7.6, 8.0 and 8.1 are incorporated in this course.

Target Audience

This course is designed for engineers involved in the planning, deployment and managment of enterprise WLAN using both autonomous architecture and lightweight access points with controllers.

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Learning Objectives

After completing this course you should be able to:

  • 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 Cisco's new Ease of Use wizard, and best practices audit
  • Describe the procedures to configure Layer 2 and Layer 3 roaming
  • Describe the procedure to configure QoS on the network to optimize audio and video flows
  • Describe the process to configure Cisco Unified Wireless using IPv6
  • Perform routine maintenance, network monitoring, and common troubleshooting tasks on the Cisco wireless LAN

Pre-Requisites

Attendees should meet the following pre-requisites:

  • Viewed Defining Cisco Wireless LAN Essentials (WLE) - 4 Hour ELT available on the CLN or via Global Knowledge. 
  • CCNA Level of Knowledge

Course Content

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Unified Deployments

  • Performing the Initial Wireless LAN Controller Configuration
  • Describing Unified AP Modes of Operation
  • Understanding the AP Association Process
  • User Interfaces to the System
  • Radio Resource Management and CleanAir
  • Administering WLANs and AP Groups
  • Configuring Mobility Groups and Roaming
  • Configuring Security Options
  • Performing General Administration
  • Providing Guest Access

Deploying The FlexConnect Architecture

  • FlexConnect Deployments
  • FlexConnect Configuration and Operation
  • 3: 8.1 FlexConnect Enhancements

Maintaining and Troubleshooting a Cisco Wireless LAN

  • Performing Routine Maintenance
  • Configuring Policies and Management
  • Gathering Data
  • Troubleshooting in a Cisco Unified Wireless Network

Cisco User Interface Enhancements

  • Ease of Use Features

Appendix

  • Cisco Wireless LAN Essentials Refresher
  • Pre-Deployment Planning
  • Autonomous Deployments

Labs:

  • Lab 1-1 Perform the initial controller configuration
  • Lab 1-2: Unified AP Modes of Operation
  • Lab 1-3: AP Association Options
  • Lab 1-4: Controller Web Interface
  • Lab 1-5: RRM and CleanAir Configuration
  • Lab 1-6: Configuring Security parameters on the WLC
  • Lab 1-7: AVC Configuration
  • Lab 1-8: Configuring Guest Access and Web Authentication
  • Lab 2-1: FlexConnect Local Switching
  • Lab 4-1: Perform the initial controller configuration using Ease of Use wizard

Days 4-5

Client Mobility Between Subnets

  • Understanding Same Subnet Roaming
  • Understanding Inter-subnet Mobility
  • Identifying Advanced Mobility Issues

Network Efficiency

  • Configuring Quality of Service
  • Implementing Video over Wi-Fi
  • Implementing VideoStream In A FlexConnect Deploy
  • Integrating the WLC with MS Lync SDN

High Density Deployment Challenges

  • Understanding the Effects of Client Density on a Wireless Network
  • Planning for Areas of High Client Density

Introduction to Mesh Networks

  • Describing Wireless Mesh Networks - Overview
  • Implementing Wireless Mesh Networks - Overview

Wireless Guest Networks

  • Providing Advanced Guest Access
  • Implementing Local Policies and Client Profiling
  • Implementing Cisco CMX Visitor Connect

Wireless High Availability

  • Describing Wireless High Availability
  • Enhancing Wireless High Availability

Implementing IPv6 Support

  • Configuring Clients for IPv6
  • Configuring the Infrastructure for IPv6

Appendix

  • Service Provider and PMIPv6

Labs

  • Lab 1: Connecting to the remote labs
  • Lab 2: Monitoring WLC QoS on the Switch Infrastructure
  • Lab 3: Implementing CMX Visitor Connect
  • Lab 4: Implementing Social Auth CMX Visitor Connect
  • Lab 5: Configuring IPv6

Exams & Certification

Recommended preparation for the following exam(s) (exams not included):

  • There are currently no exams aligned to this course.

Follow on Courses

The following courses are recommended for further study:

  • WICXS - Cisco Converged Access Solutions
  • NMENPI- Managing Enterprise Networks with Prime Infrastructure

Further Information

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 Prime Infrastructure Platform Management Platform are covered in more depth in a separate course, Managing Enterprise Networks with Prime Infrastructure (NMENPI).

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