Intro To W-LAN Technologies – it241 (3 credits)

This course explores concepts of wireless networking systems, including wireless networking topologies; hardware protocols; hardware selection and implementation; interfaces with LAN, MAN, and WAN networks; basic wireless security; and network integration concepts.

This undergraduate-level course is 9 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Introduction to Wireless Technologies

  • Identify various applications of wireless technologies.
  • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of wireless networks.

How Wireless Works

  • Calculate radio frequency gain and loss.
  • Describe the role of antennas in radio wave transmission.
  • Explain principles of radio wave transmission.

Wireless LAN Components and Standards

  • Compare and contrast types of wireless networks.
  • Identify the hardware devices used in a wireless LAN.

Wireless Physical Layer Standards

  • Identify the purpose of the physical layer in the OSI reference model.
  • Compare wireless modulation schemes used in IEEE wireless LANs.

Conducting a Site Survey

  • Identify the benefits of performing a site survey.
  • Describe the tools used in a site survey and their functions.
  • Analyze building layouts for wireless network performance.

Planning, Designing, and Deploying a Wireless LAN

  • Assess the need for a wireless network.
  • Outline the steps for designing a wireless LAN.
  • Explain the importance of providing user support.
  • Design a layout for wireless LAN components.

Wireless MAC and Network Layer Standards

  • Explain the benefits of Mobile IP.
  • Describe the functions of the MAC layer in a wireless LAN.
  • Compare wireless LAN configurations.

Securing and Managing a Wireless Network

  • Explain basic wireless network maintenance functions.
  • Analyze wireless LAN security protections and their vulnerabilities.
  • Identify types of wireless network attacks.
  • Compare network monitoring tools and their uses.

Future Wireless Technologies

  • Summarize the uses of WPAN, WLAN, WMAN, and WWAN networks.
  • Develop a plan for a wireless LAN.

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