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Wi-Fi Technology Fundamentals Course

Course Objective:

While most technology courses may take a bottoms-up academic approach of explaining the subject matter with definitions and formulas, this course would attempt to explain all the concepts in as simple and as practical way as possible by providing real work examples and industry applications and showing real demos and visualizations of the concepts where ever possible. Our goal with this course is to make the complex world of Wi-Fi very easy to understand for beginners and also hopefully generate more interest among young engineers and college students to get inspired to develop a strong interest and build a successful career in this amazing and rapidly growing field of Wi-Fi. This course is fundamentally different from other Wi-Fi-related certifications and courses like CWNA as this course is more for engineers working on R&D of Wi-Fi technology and products and not related to deployment and or network administration.

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Sitarama Penumetsa | LinkedIn
CTO, Candela Technologies Inc.
GM, Candela Technologies India Pvt Ltd

Sitarama Penumetsa has 23 years of academic, research, and Industry experience in the field of Wi-Fi. Starting his career as a junior researcher in WLAN standards and moving on to becoming a Subject Matter Expert, Sitarama developed a strong interest and deep knowledge of Wi-Fi technology.

Transitioning to the Industry, Sitarama started as a software developer of WLAN test solutions and over the past 20 years, moved on to Technical Marketing, Project Management, and Business Development roles which allowed him to work with 100s of companies worldwide building products in the field of Wi-Fi and helped him develop deep understanding of the industry applications and ecosystem of Wi-Fi Technology.

Sitarama also has the experience of conducting several Wi-Fi technology training sessions, bootcamps, seminars, etc…to his colleagues and team members in the industry over the years and through this process developed and updated lots of training material in the field of Wi-Fi.

Sitarama currently serves as the CTO of Candela Technologies and also heads the India division of the same company.

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Course Delivery

Course Contents and Schedule

Part-1: WiFi Technology Fundamentals - Basics

Module 1: Introduction and History of Wi-Fi
Tue - 26th Sept 2023 Session 1a: Evolution of Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Generations, Residential Wi-Fi Applications, Enterprise Wi-Fi Applications, Business Evolution
Slides | Video | Quiz | Q&A | Notes
Thu - 28th Sept 2023 Session 1b: Wi-Fi Network Topologies
Infrastructure/Mesh/Bridge/Adhoc Modes, Various Backhaul Mechanisms, Various Deployment Use cases
Slides | Video | Quiz | Q&A | Notes
Tue - 3rd Oct 2023 Session 1c: WLAN Standards and Amendments Alphabet Soup
IEEE Standards Bodies, Wi-Fi Alliance, Standards and their extensions
Slides | Video | Quiz | Q&A | Notes
Thu - 5th Oct 2023 Session 1d: Basic Functional building blocks of a Wi-Fi AP/Router
PHY, Baseband, Lower MAC, Upper MAC, various Interfaces, key functional blocks
Slides | Video | Quiz | Q&A | Notes
Module 2: WLAN PHY Layer
Tue - 10th Oct 2023 Session 2a: Frequency Allocation
ISM and UNII Bands, unlicensed spectrum allocation, channels, Channel BW
Slides | Video | Quiz | Q&A | Notes
Thu - 12th Oct 2023 Session 2b: Modulation/Coding, MIMO Basics
Basics of Digital Modulation and Coding, Multipath, MIMO, OFDMA, Spectral Efficiency
Slides | Video | Quiz | Q&A | Notes
Tue - 17th Oct 2023 Session 2c: MCS Table, PHY Data Rates
PHY Data rates, MCS Table, Theoretical Throughput
Slides | Video | Quiz | Q&A | Notes
Thu - 19th Oct 2023 Session 2d: PHY Headers and key functions
PHY Headers, PCLP and PMD Sub Layers, Key PHY layer functions
Slides | Video | Quiz | Q&A | Notes
Module 3: WLAN MAC Layer
Tue - 24th Oct 2023 Session 3a: Basic AP Management and Control Functions
Beaconing, BSSID, Scanning, Basic Service Set and its Capabilities
Slides | Video | Quiz | Q&A | Notes
Thu - 26th Oct 2023 Session 3b: MAC Framing, Headers and Key Functions
MAC headers and key functions, Management/Control/Data Frames
Slides | Video | Quiz | Q&A | Notes
Tue - 31st Oct 2023 Session 3c: Carrier Sense and Medium Access
Physical/Virtual Carrier Sensing, DCF, Random Backoff, Interframe Spacing, EDCA Parameters
Slides | Video | Quiz | Q&A | Notes
Tue - 7th Nov 2023 Session 3d: Basic connection and Data Transfer
Basic Client Connection, BSS Capabilities, Data Transfer Mechanism, Aggregation, Rate Adaptation
Slides | Video | Quiz | Q&A | Notes
Module 4: Security in Wi-Fi
Tue - 14th Nov 2023 Session 4a: Various Wi-Fi Security Protocols
WEP, WPA/WPA2, Enterprise/Personal, Radius, Captive Portal, WPS
Slides | Video | Quiz | Q&A | Notes
Tue - 21st Nov 2023 Session 4b: Basics of Authentication and Encryption
EAP Methods, TKIP/CCMP, 802.1X connection, Key Generations, 4-way Handshake
Slides | Video | Quiz | Q&A | Notes
Tue - 28th Nov 2023 Session 4c: Attacks and Vulnerabilities
DoS Attacks, Man in the Middle Attacks, Cracking Security Keys, PMF
Slides | Video | Quiz | Q&A | Notes
Tue - 5th Dec 2023 Session 4d: Seamless connectivity/OpenRoaming
OpenRoaming Technology, Wi-Fi to Cellular Handover, EAP-SIM/AKA
Slides | Video | Quiz | Q&A | Notes
Exam Preparation, Exam and Certificates
Tue - 12th Dec 2023 Optional Interactive Q/A session - Exam Prep Week Quiz
Tue - 19th Dec 2023 Online Exam Exam Link
Thu - 28th Dec 2023 Presenting the Excellence, Merit and Participation Certificates. Certificates

Part-2: WiFi Technology Fundamentals - Advanced

Module 5: Other Advanced Topics
Week 1 Session 5a: WLAN AP/Controller Architectures
Thick AP, Thin AP models, Physical Controller, Cloud Controller
Slides | Video | Quiz | Q&A | Notes
Week 2 Session 5b: RRM, QoS, Mobility, Power Save
Load Balancing, Band Steering, ACS, DFS, TPC, Various Roaming Techniques, Legacy/WMM Power Save
Slides | Video | Quiz | Q&A | Notes
Week 3 Session 5c: Wi-Fi6 new features
OFDMA, Mu-MIMO, BSS Coloring, 1024 QAM, WPA3
Slides | Video | Quiz | Q&A | Notes
Week 4 Session 5d: Wi-Fi6E new features
6GHz spectrum allocation, 320Mhz channels, AFC
Slides | Video | Quiz | Q&A | Notes
Week 5 Session 5e: Wi-Fi7 new features
4K QAM, MLO, Preamble Puncturing
Slides | Video | Quiz | Q&A | Notes
Week 6 Session 5f: Smart Wi-Fi Features
Traffic Shaping/Policing, Parental Controls, Advanced Analytics, AI/ML
Slides | Video | Quiz | Q&A | Notes
Week 7 Session 5g: Wi-Fi Mesh Networks
Mesh Topologies, Various deployment models, Mesh Access/Backhaul/Roaming
Slides | Video | Quiz | Q&A | Notes
Week 8 Session 5h: Wi-Fi Monetization
Location-Based Analytics, Wi-Fi Sensing, Information Technology to Operational Technology
Slides | Video | Quiz | Q&A | Notes
Module 6: Troubleshooting and Tools
Week 9 Session 6a: Wireshark Capture Analysis
Wireshark WLAN filters, Radiotap headers, Information Element Analysis, I/O Charts
Slides | Video | Quiz | Q&A | Notes
Week 10 Session 6b: Basic test/debug/spectrum analysis tools
iPerf, Ping, Wi-Fi scanner tools, Kali Linux tools, Site Survey/Planning Tools, Heatmapping Tools
Slides | Video | Quiz | Q&A | Notes
Week 11 Session 6c: Suppliant logs, AP logs, basic debug commands
APIs and Interfaces to AP config, Serial/Telnet/restAPIs, Supplicant and AP debug logs
Slides | Video | Quiz | Q&A | Notes
Week 12 Session 6d: Wi-Fi Testing Basics
Functional/Performance/Compliance/Interoperability/Stress/Scale Testing basics.
Slides | Video | Quiz | Q&A | Notes
Online Exam for Part-2: WiFi Technology Fundamentals - Advanced

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