Wireless technology is a rapidly expanding market. The Wi-Fi standard (802.11), which is the defacto technology for wireless LANs, is continuing to evolve over time and has been embraced by almost all networking vendors and by many electronic hardware vendors. Wi-Fi technology has brought “Freedom and flexibility in Communication”. With wireless technology, people have more flexibility and more freedom to connect with their favorite content and to communicate with others even when they are on the move. All sorts of devices support now the wireless technology. From computers, media players, game consoles, mobile phones etc. Wireless is everywhere. Without the cumbersome cables, people communication and connectivity is now simpler and easier.
IT professionals with wireless knowledge, skills, and qualifications are earning more money than others in the technology field. A “CertMag” salary survey showed that IT professionals holding a CWNA (Certified Wireless Network Administrator) or CWSP (Certified Wireless Security Professional) certifications earn considerably more than many other technology certifications.
An excellent, vendor-neutral, certification to pursue is the CWNA (Certified Wireless Network Administrator). This is a foundation level certification under the CWNP program. The CWNP is the industry standard for certifications in the wireless LAN industry. A CWNA certification is the initial step towards a successful career in the wireless field. Because it is vendor-neutral, you have the advantage of being employed by any company or organization having any wireless infrastructure vendor. A CWNA professional has the technical leadership and the ability to successfully implement any wireless solution and offers a career differentiation, with enhanced credibility and marketability.
CWNA Training and Preparation
For optimal CWNA preparation I suggest to get the only authorized CWNA Video Training (from Trainsignal) together with the Official CWNA Self-Study Guide (709 pages paperback) from the official website (cwnp.com). The combination of the two study resources above will definitely help you to pass the exam guaranteed. Especially the Trainsignal Video Training package, will provide you with an “instructor-like” experience which covers all required topics for the exam. The instructor in the videos, Ed Liberman, is a technology guru with 18 years experience in the IT field and 12 years as an instructor.
CWNA Exam Details
To earn the CWNA certification you must pass the CWNA PW0-104 exam. This is a multiple-choice exam with 60 questions, for 90 minutes exam duration. You need a passing score of 70%. You can register at Pearson VUE to take this exam ( www.vue.com ).
The certification exam measures your ability to administer any wireless LAN. The exam covers a broad range of wireless LAN topics focused on 802.11 wireless technology rather than products of specific vendors. The main topics covered by the exam are the following:
- Radio Technologies
- Antenna Concepts
- Wireless LAN Hardware and Software
- Network Design, Installation, and Management
- Wireless Standards and Organizations
- 802.11 Network Architecture
- Wireless LAN Security
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