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Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Wireless 640-721 IUWNE

Course Title: Implementing Unified Wireless Networking


Course Code: IUWNE 640-721
Duration: 5 Days

Course Overview

The Implementing Unified Wireless Networking Essentials (IUWNE) Cisco training course has been designed to help students prepare for their CCNA Wireless certification, an associate level certification specialising in the wireless field. The goal of the IUWNE 640-721 is to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to prepare them for designing, installing, configuring, monitoring and conducting basic troubleshooting tasks on a Cisco WLAN in SMB and Enterprise installations. This is an associate level (CCNA) course and as such aims to provide only entry level information and does not specialise in any of the advanced features of the Cisco WLAN networks solutions.

Target Audience

Candidates who should consider attending the IUWNE 640-721 Cisco training course are individuals interested in gaining an overview of a Cisco WLAN and the technologies that can be deployed within that Network. It is an ideal course for those that are new to wireless and are looking to gain their CCNA Wireless certification and is recommended for those soon undertaking their 640-721 IUWNE exam.

Course Objectives

On successfully completing the IUWNE 640-721 course candidates will be able to:
  • Describe the fundamentals of Wireless technologies
  • Install and configure a WLAN controller in the main Cisco Unified Networking Essentials line or Mobility Express
  • Install the ADU and configure Wireless clients
  • Configure wireless security
  • Manage the network with Cisco WCS
  • Use the controller and WCS tools to troubleshoot a wireless network

Course Prerequisites

Candidates attending the IUWNE 640-721 Cisco training course should have attended ICND1 and ICND2 or CCNABC courses previously. It is also recommended that before attending this training course candidates should have a basic knowledge of Cisco lifecycle deployment, SONA, Wireless standards (IEEE), wireless regulator environment (FCC, ETSI, etc) and wireless certification organisation (WIFI alliance).

Testing and Certification

The IUWNE Cisco training course is the recommended preparation for the 640-721 IUWNE exam and is required for candidates who wish to achieve their CCNA Wireless certification. Please note that to attain Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) for Wireless Certification, completion of the CUWSS, IAUWS, IUWMS and IUWVN training courses is required and are recommended for further study.

Course Content

Wireless Fundamentals:
  • Introducing wireless networks and topologies
  • Introducing wireless LANs RF principles
  • UnderstandingRF Mathematics
  • Describing antennae
  • Understanding spread spectrum Technologies basics
  • Examining wireless regulatory bodies, standards and certifications
  • Examining wireless Frames and Physics
  • Non-802.11 wireless Technologies and their impact on WLANs
  • Wireless Frame Journey; End to End
Basic Cisco WLAN Installation:
  • Understanding Cisco Unified wireless Network Basics Architecture
  • Configuring a controller
  • Discovering and associatingwith a controller
  • Examining the different access point operational modes
  • Roaming
  • Managing the network from the controller
  • Configuring and migrating stand-alone access points
  • Understanding the Cisco Mobility ExpressArchitechture
Wireless Clients:
  • Using default configuration tools
  • Describing Cisco Aironet WLAN Client Adaptors
  • Describing the Cisco Secure services Client
  • Understanding the Cisco Compatible extensions programme
WLAN Security:
  • Overview of WLAN Security
  • Establishing IEEE 802.11 Security
  • Centralising WLAN security
  • Describing EAP Authentications
  • Managing authentication and encryption with WPA and WPA2
  • Configuring Wireless Security on Controllers and Clients
WCS Administration:
  • Introducing Cisco WCS and Cisco Navigator
  • Installing Cisco WCS
  • Administering Cisco WCS
  • Working with controllers from WCS
  • Working with maps
  • Monitoring the network with WCS
WLAN Maintenance and Troubleshooting:
  • System Maintenance
  • Design and site survey considerations
  • Troubleshooting Tools
  • Becoming Familiar with Antennae and Ranges
  • Creating an Ad Hoc (IBSS) Network and Analysing the Communication
  • Configuring a Cisco 2106 WLC
  • Configuring and Migrating a Standalone AP
  • Installing and Configuring a Cisco Mobility Express Wireless Controller and AP
  • Installing and Using the Cisco ADU
  • Experimenting with Connections and Roaming
  • 802.1Q and web Authentication
  • Configuring EAP-FAST Authentication with WPA
  • Configuring controllers and APs from the Cisco WCS
  • Working with Maps
  • Monitoring the Network and Containing devices
  • Backing Up the Controller Configuration and the Cisco WCS Database Files
  • Troubleshooting
  • Optional Lab (Troubleshooting with Wireshark and Converting an AP to Autonomous Mode)


IUWNE 640-721 is part of the Cisco CCNA Wireless Concentration and is valid for 3 years. To recertify, pass a CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, security, voice), or pass any 642 - XXX professional level or Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams), or pass a current CCIE or CCDE written exam.

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