Wireless networks are one of the fasting growing sectors in networking today. The convenience and simplicity of wireless technology contributed to its explosive growth over the last few years. However, with popularity comes problems. Stability, interoperability, and security are just some of the issues that must be addressed when considering or implementing wireless networks. This course introduces the 802.11x wireless standards and describes the components of basic wireless networks. This course also describes how to implement wireless networks while ensuring security, stability, and interoperability between the various standards available today. The course will also look at what the future may hold for wireless networking. This course maps to CompTIA's Network+ (2009) exam objectives for the characteristics of wireless communication standards, security standards, and the devices and procedures for implementing a basic wireless network.
- Recognize the features and characteristics of wireless networks
- Recognize the roles of various organizations for the development of wireless communication
- Distinguish between the functions of different spread spectrum technologies
- Recognize the 802.11 standards
- Distinguish between the uses of basic wireless authentication and encryption options
- Recognize how TKIP, WPA, WEP, and RADIUS works
- Select the most appropriate wireless network options in a given scenario
- Recognize the most appropriate way of setting up the access point and antenna for a wireless network
- Distinguish between the uses of different types of antennas
- Recognize how to install wireless networks and configure frequency and channels
- Identify the risks of wireless networks
- Recognize how to secure a wireless LAN by switching off beacon broadcasts and changing the network identifiers
- Choose and configure a wireless network
- Recognize how to install and troubleshoot wireless network cards
The audience for CompTIA Network+ 2009 training will comprise IT personnel with at least 9 months IT networking experience. Good computer literacy along with a sound technical acumen should be present. Students looking to acquire job skills, and to be trained specifically to pass the associated CompTIA Network+ (2009 Edition) certification exam will want to study this learning path.