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WDBWL v1.1 - Deploying Cisco Basic Wireless LANs


This 3-day instructor-led, hands-on course provides learners with skills and resources required to successfully plan, install, configure, troubleshoot, monitor, and maintain basic Cisco Wireless LAN solutions in a customer enterprise environment. Topics include 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 maintenance and troubleshooting wireless network issues.


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


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
    Click on the above link to sign up for the WLE 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
      • Web-Based Setup
      • Connect to the WLC Web Interface


      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 Flex-Connect Mode
      • OfficeExtend


      Lesson 3: Understanding the AP Association Process
      • AP Discovery and Join Process
      • AP Join Order
      • AP Failover process
      • High-Availability Design Options


      Lesson 4: User Interfaces to the System
      • Cisco WLC Settings
      • Cisco WLC CLI Settings
      • Using the Cisco Prime Infrastructure for WLC Configuration


      Lesson 5: Radio Resource Management and CleanAir
      • Split MAC Architecture
      • Radio Resource Management
      • Cisco CleanAir Implementation
      • Cisco CleanAir Concepts
      • Cisco CleanAir Modes of Operation
      • Air Quality Configuration and Reporting
      • Cisco CleanAir-Enabled RRM


      Lesson 6: Administering WLANs and AP Groups
      • Wireless LANs
      • Passive Clients
      • AP Groups
      • RF Profiles


      Lesson 7: Configuring Mobility Groups and Roaming
      • The Terminology of Roaming
      • Wireless Roaming Concepts
      • Auto-anchor Mobility
      • Static IP Mobility


      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
      • Wi-Fi Direct
      • Security Policy Logic
      • Configuring WLANS with Enterprise Security


      Lesson 9: Performing General Administration
      • Network Routes
      • Cisco Discovery Protocol
      • DHCP Services
      • Local Policies
      • Multicast services
      • Evolving Need for Video over WLAN
      • Cisco VideoStream Technology
      • mDNS aka Bonjour Gateway
      • Application Visibility and Control


    Lesson 10: Providing Guest Access
    • Defining Guest Access
    • Traditional Guest Access Methods
    • Methods for providing Guest Access
    • Configuring Guest Access

Module 2: Deploying The FlexConnect Architecture

      Lesson 1: FlexConnect Deployments
      • Standalone Mode
      • Local Authentication
      • Split Tunneling


    Lesson 2: FlexConnect Configuration and Operation
    • Fast Roaming
    • AAA Override
    • Peer-to-Peer
    • FlexConnect ACLs
    • FlexConnect Groups

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


      Lesson 2: Configuring Policies and Management
      • Wireless Protection Policies
      • Managing Rogue Devices
      • Intrusion Detection Management
      • Aggressive Load Balancing
      • Monitoring Clients
      • Verifying Client Connectivity


      Lesson 3: Gathering Data
      • Gathering Wireless Network Performance Data
      • Using the AP to Gather Packets
      • Message Logging
      • WLC Statistics
      • Monitoring Clients


    Lesson 4: Troubleshooting in a Cisco Unified Wireless Network
    • Define a methodology
    • AP association troubleshooting
    • Analysis tools available in a Cisco Unified Wireless Network
    • Using debug and show commands

Appendix A: Cisco Wireless LAN Essentials Refresher

  • Basic Networking and Wireless LAN Terms, Concepts, and Protocols
  • Reviewing Cisco Wireless LAN Architectures
  • Locating Key Documents
  • Reviewing Cisco Wireless LAN Characteristics
  • Reviewing Cisco Wireless LAN Security

Appendix B: Pre-Deployment Planning

  • Pre-Deployment Planning
  • Planning Tools
  • AP Placement

Appendix C: Autonomous Deployments

  • AP Configuration
  • Autonomous AP Modes of Operation

Lab Outline

Lab 1-1 Perform the initial controller configuration using the CLI
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:VideoStream and mDNS Configuration (Optional)
Lab 1-8: Configuring Guest Access and Web Authentication
Lab 2-1: FlexConnect Local Switching
Lab A-1: IPv6 First Hop Security Configuration (Optional)