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CWTS, CWS, and CWT Complete Study Guide

Book Description

The must-have guide to the CWTS exam, updated for 2017

CWTS Certified Wireless Technology Specialist Study Guide is your number-one resource for comprehensive exam preparation. Updated to study in 2017 and beyond, this book takes a multi-modal approach to ensure your complete confidence and ability for the big day: full coverage of all CWTS exam objectives reinforces your conceptual knowledge, hands-on exercises help hone your practical skills, and the Sybex online learning environment provides flashcards, a glossary, and review questions to help you test your understanding along the way. An objective map and pre-assessment test allow for more efficient preparation by showing you what you already know and what you need to review—and the companion website's complete practice exams give you a "dry run" so you can pinpoint weak areas while there's still time to improve. If you're serious about earning your CWTS certification, this book is your ideal companion for complete and thorough preparation.  

Learn critical concepts and apply essential skills in areas like hardware and software, radio frequency fundamentals, surveying and installation, support, troubleshooting, security, and more. This guide gives you everything you need to approach the exam with confidence.

  • Master 100 percent of the CWTS exam objectives
  • Use effective planning tools to get the most out of your study time
  • Practice your skills with hands-on exercises and real-world scenarios
  • Access online study aids that let you review any time, any place

The CWTS certification gets your foot in the door of a growing industry, and is a stepping stone to the industry standard CWNP certification. The exam will test your abilities in all fundamental areas of Wi-Fi technology, so it's important that your study plan be complete and up-to-date. CWTS Certified Wireless Technology Specialist Study Guide is your ideal solution for comprehensive preparation.

Table of Contents

  1. About the Authors
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Introduction
    1. About CWNP®
    2. CWNP Learning Resources
    3. How to Become a CWTS
    4. How to Become a CWS
    5. How to Become a CWT
    6. Who Should Get This Book?
    7. How to Use This Book and the Companion Website
    8. CWTS, CWS, and CWT Exam Objectives
    9. CWTS Exam Objectives
    10. CWS Exam Objectives
    11. CWT Exam Objectives
  4. Assessment Test
  5. Answers to Assessment Test
  6. Chapter 1 Computer Networking Fundamentals
    1. Network Types
    2. Network Topologies
    3. The OSI Model
    4. Device Addressing
    5. Summary
    6. Exam Essentials
    7. Review Questions
  7. Chapter 2 Wireless Local Area Networking, Standards, and Certifications
    1. The Wireless Computer Network
    2. Building-to-Building Connectivity Using Wireless LAN Technology
    3. Radio Frequency Regulatory Domain Governing Bodies and Local Regulatory Authorities
    4. The IEEE
    5. Interoperability Certifications
    6. Common Wireless Local Area Network Deployment Scenarios
    7. Summary
    8. Exam Essentials
    9. Review Questions
  8. Chapter 3 Infrastructure and Client Devices Used with Wireless Networking
    1. The Wireless Access Point
    2. Wireless Mesh
    3. Wireless Bridges
    4. Wireless Repeaters/Range Extenders
    5. Wireless LAN Controllers and Cloud-Managed Architectures
    6. Power over Ethernet
    7. Radio Hardware Used with Wireless LAN Technology
    8. USB 1.0, USB 1.1, USB 2.0, and USB 3.0
    9. Peripheral Component Interconnect
    10. Mini-PCI, Mini-PCIe, and Half Mini-PCIe
    11. Wireless Workgroup Bridges
    12. Client Device Drivers
    13. Client Utility Software
    14. Summary
    15. Exam Essentials
    16. Review Questions
  9. Chapter 4 Radio Frequency Fundamentals for Wireless Networking
    1. Understanding Radio Frequency
    2. Wireless LAN Coverage and Capacity
    3. Radio Frequency Range and Speed
    4. Wi-Fi and Non–Wi-Fi Interference
    5. Basic Units of Radio Frequency Measurement
    6. Summary
    7. Exam Essentials
    8. Review Questions
  10. Chapter 5 Antenna Technology for Wireless Networking
    1. Basic Radio Frequency Antenna Concepts
    2. Wireless LAN Antenna Types
    3. Radio Frequency Cables and Connectors
    4. Factors in Antenna Installation
    5. Minimizing the Effects of Multipath Using Antenna Diversity
    6. Combating Effects of Wind and Lightning in Wireless LAN Installations
    7. Installation Safety
    8. Antenna Mounting
    9. Maintaining Clear Communications
    10. Summary
    11. Exam Essentials
    12. Review Questions
  11. Chapter 6 Communication for Wireless Networking
    1. Wireless LAN Operation Methods
    2. Connecting to an IEEE 802.11 Wireless Network
    3. The Distribution System
    4. Data Rates
    5. Throughput
    6. Dynamic Rate Switching
    7. Wireless LAN Transitioning/Roaming
    8. IEEE 802.11 Power Save Operations
    9. IEEE 802.11 Protection Mechanisms
    10. Summary
    11. Exam Essentials
    12. Review Questions
  12. Chapter 7 Modulation Technology for Wireless Networking
    1. Network Access Methods
    2. Spread-Spectrum Technology
    3. IEEE 802.11g Extended Rate Physical
    4. IEEE 802.11n High Throughput
    5. IEEE 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n, and 802.11ac OFDM
    6. Summary
    7. Exam Essentials
    8. Review Questions
  13. Chapter 8 Security Fundamentals for Wireless Networking
    1. Introducing IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN Security
    2. Wireless LAN Threats and Intrusion
    3. IEEE 802.11 Standard Security
    4. Early Wireless LAN Security Methods
    5. MAC Address Filtering
    6. IEEE 802.11 Authentication and Data Encryption
    7. IEEE 802.11 SOHO and Enterprise Security Technologies
    8. Wi-Fi Protected Access and WPA2 Personal Security
    9. WPA and WPA2 Enterprise Security
    10. IEEE 802.1X/EAP
    11. IEEE 802.11 Encryption Methods
    12. Role-Based Access Control
    13. Virtual Private Networking
    14. The Wireless Intrusion Prevention System
    15. The Captive Portal
    16. Wireless Network Management and Monitoring Systems
    17. Industry Regulatory Compliance
    18. Summary
    19. Exam Essentials
    20. Review Questions
  14. Chapter 9 Design for Wireless Networking
    1. Wireless Site Surveys
    2. Gathering Business Requirements
    3. Interviewing Stakeholders
    4. Gathering Site-Specific Documentation
    5. Identifying Infrastructure Connectivity and Power Requirements
    6. Understanding Application Requirements
    7. Understanding Radio Frequency Coverage and Capacity Requirements
    8. Client Connectivity Requirements
    9. Antenna Use Considerations
    10. The Physical Radio Frequency Site Survey Process
    11. Radio Frequency Spectrum Analysis
    12. Received Signal Strength
    13. Performing a Manual Radio Frequency Wireless Site Survey
    14. Performing a Predictive Modeling Site Survey
    15. Performing a Post-Deployment Site Survey
    16. Protocol Analysis
    17. RF Coverage Planning
    18. Infrastructure Hardware Selection and Placement
    19. Testing Different Antennas
    20. Wireless Channel Architectures
    21. Wireless Device Installation Limitations
    22. Site Survey Report
    23. Summary
    24. Exam Essentials
    25. Review Questions
  15. Chapter 10 Mobile Device Management and BYOD Fundamentals
    1. Mobile Device Management Solutions
    2. Common Mobile Device Operating System Platforms
    3. The Mobile Application Store
    4. Pushing Content to Mobile Devices
    5. Mobile Device Management Administrative Permissions
    6. Understanding Mobile Device Management High Availability and Redundancy
    7. Mobile Device Management Device Groups
    8. Location-Based Services
    9. Mobile Device Telecommunications Expense Management
    10. Captive and Self-Service Portals
    11. General Technology Network and Security Policy
    12. Information Technology and Security Policy Implementation and Adherence
    13. Backup, Restore, and Recovery Policies
    14. Operating System Modifications and Customization
    15. Technology Profiles
    16. Understanding Group Profiles
    17. Policy and Profile Pilot Testing
    18. Summary
    19. Exam Essentials
    20. Review Questions
  16. Chapter 11 Troubleshooting for Wireless Networking
    1. Identifying Wireless LAN Problems
    2. Wireless LAN Connectivity—Coverage and Capacity Problems
    3. Application Performance Problems
    4. Optimizing Wireless Networks
    5. Summary
    6. Exam Essentials
    7. Review Questions
  17. Appendix Answers to Review Questions
    1. Chapter 1: Computer Networking Fundamentals
    2. Chapter 2: Wireless Local Area Networking, Standards, and Certifications
    3. Chapter 3: Infrastructure and Client Devices Used with Wireless Networking
    4. Chapter 4: Radio Frequency Fundamentals for Wireless Networking
    5. Chapter 5: Antenna Technology for Wireless Networking
    6. Chapter 6: Communication for Wireless Networking
    7. Chapter 7: Modulation Technology for Wireless Networking
    8. Chapter 8: Security Fundamentals for Wireless Networking
    9. Chapter 9: Design for Wireless Networking
    10. Chapter 10: Mobile Device Management and BYOD Fundamentals
    11. Chapter 11: Troubleshooting for Wireless Networking
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