What training resources and books do you recommend outside of the CWNP program?

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David, what say you? What other great books and training resources are out there to help people learn and master Wi-Fi?
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Tom Carpenter

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Hasso Tepper

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Matthew Gast books from O'Reilly.
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Matthew Gast

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...as the first step in a long process.  You'll know you're really an expert when you ask a question and have to read the standard instead of that O'Reilly stuff. :-)
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Matthew Gast’s 802.11 books are legendary.  Vivek Ramachandran has a great book about wireless penetration testing.  Over the years, I have collected about 25 books about Wi-Fi. 
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Ernie Johnston

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ObtW, Matthew Gast's"802.11ac: A Survival Guide" is available for FREE online here: http://chimera.labs.oreilly.com/books/1234000001739/ch01.html
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Vivek's book should be compulsory reading for anybody looking to deploy a wireless network as it shows the vulnerabilities and if you don't know these how can you possibly protect your customer's wireless network?
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Rasika Nayanajith

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Placed an order for Vivek's book after seen this :) 
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Vivek's book is based on his free megaprimer WiFi security videos: http://www.securitytube.net/groups?operation=view&groupId=9

Huge and valuable resource. Just use the CWNP material to amend some terminology :). If you want more, there is a certification based on those videos (and you get even more cool materials) called SWSE: http://www.securitytube-training.com/online-courses/securitytube-wi-fi-security-expert/index.html

Honoured to be Vivek's first student on that one! Still have to take the cert though (after hundreds have already passed) :).



BTW, we are both much skinnier now but I am still wearing that murse!
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This is great :)
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 There are so many other Wi-Fi learning resources that we will discuss throughout this online session:  Wi-Fi Blogs, Podcasts, YouTube videos, WLAN vendor white papers and WLAN vendor specific training.  Let’s start by discussing blogs.
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I highly recommend that everyone start with Andrew vonNagy’s wirless blog : http://www.revolutionwifi.net - I travel worldwide and everywhere I go I find WLAN professionals reading Andrew’s awesome blog about 802.11 technology.  I finally had the pleasure meeting Andrew about six years ago when he worked for Target and also had the opportunity to work with him at Aerohive for several years. Everyone should subscribe to Revolution WiFi.
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Manoah Coenraad, Champ

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I've saved this link in my browsers bookmark :)
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Anders Nilsson

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Yes, Andrew is da man!!!
After this we should collect every link and put it on a compiled web page.   I'll try try to contribute.
There's soo much stuff that it blows my mind.
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Revolution WiFi is a realy good site. The last day's I must debug something and I find there really god informations. 
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Martin Ericson

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Collect as many White papers you can from vendors. Some of them you have to put aside for later study. Try to find documents that discuss basic. Ask David and Tom for links to at least 5 WiFi bloggers. There are a bunch of excellent guys out there who write good stuff. Most of them have found that the CWNP program has helped then a lot in their career. Use the forums at CWNP. Same guys appear there.
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I do not want to hurt anyone’s feelings by not mentioning their blogs, but a few that I can name offhand include:



http://www.wifikiwi.com  - Chris Lyttle

http://wirednot.wordpress.com - Lee Badman

http://www.my80211.com - George Stefanik

http://jenniferhuber.blogspot.com - Jennifer Huber



There are many more GREAT WLAN blogs and all the blogs I mentioned will point you to other good blogs to subscribe to.  By the way, as your Wi-Fi carer advance, consider starting your own Wi-Fi blog.
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You're missing one of the earliest blogs ever written on Wi-Fi: Glenn Fleishman's Wi-Fi Networking News (http://wifinetnews.com/), though as Glenn's technology interests changed posting became sporadic in late years.

(Full disclosure: I am a big fan of Glenn's work, which is why I asked him to write the foreword for the original bat book in 2005.)
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Nicolas Maton

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I recommend revolutionwifi, Lee Badman (http://wirednot.wordpress.com), http://www.muniwireless.com
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I am a huge fan of an older book called How Radio Signals Work by Jim Sinclair - an older book, but still a good one: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1/177-8875596-6292159?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywor...


This, of course, for learning basics of RF and signaling.
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Quick reminder that everyone who participates, ask questions or replies with posts today will receive  a free copy of this:
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Gustavo Gomez Jr.

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excellent!
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Jay

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Thank you
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Brent Bischoff

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Looks like a great read.
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Jan Boje

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I could not participate on wednesday, so where can i buy the book. tried Amazon
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Amanda

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Hi Jan - the CWNA Study Guide can be purchased on here. If you registered and participated, I will go ahead and send you the booklet, which is an excerpt of the full book.
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I also posted a couple of great whitepapers/documents for understanding signaling and EVM over at Devin Akin's company forum the other day, but here are the links:

Here is my favorite set of PDFs on the Internet (so far) in relation to modulation. It includes little text, but for those reading about 802.11 and encountering modulation for the first time, I think this document fires a lot of “light bulb” moments.

http://users.ecs.soton.ac.uk/sqc/EL334/MODEM-L1.pdf

http://users.ecs.soton.ac.uk/sqc/EL334/MODEM-L2.pdf

http://users.ecs.soton.ac.uk/sqc/EL334/MODEM-L3.pdf

http://users.ecs.soton.ac.uk/sqc/EL334/MODEM-L4.pdf

http://users.ecs.soton.ac.uk/sqc/EL334/MODEM-L5.pdf

This is not for the faint of heart, but, IMO, every WLAN administrator, designer or engineer should read at least the first page or two of this document. Then you can run screaming from the later math if you desire -

http://www.eeel.nist.gov/kate_papers/R1_ARFTG64_McKinley_com.pdf

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Another great resource is podcasts.  A lot of WLAN vendors offer podcasts. I also highly recommended the podcasts that Keith Parsons produces at http://www.wlanpros.com
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Tom Carpenter

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Yes, Keith's archive of WLAN Weekly is worth staying up all night for.
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Martin Ericson

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Don't forget his recordings from the WLPC conference in Austin TX feb 2014 and soon to come Maastricht October. Ranges from beginners to superpro. Will take you a week to listen to.
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I have some more suggestions, however, I would like to ask the community.... are their any online resources that you have used to educate yourself about Wi-Fi
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Do a simple search on www.youtube.com and you will find all kinds of free videos. Aerohive and other vendors upload training videos about Wi-Fi and vendor-specific technology.  A lot of vendors also offer computer-based training modules about their WLAN solutions. Very often these modules are free.
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Yes vendor webinar archives are excellent. Some of the marketing videos are OK to see how they describe their features, but it's usually in the webinars that the real meat of their solutions is revealed.
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Gregor Vucajnk shared this info in another thread:  

Just wanted to share a great video playlist created by our Bryan Harkins, Aerohive Technical instructor and Training course developer.  He created a monster series of great videos about WiFi technology. The playlist can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=... Just wanted to share a great video playlist created by our Bryan Harkins, Aerohive Technical instructor and Training course developer. 



He created a monster series of great videos about WiFi technology. The playlist can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=... 



WiFi Design scenarios (18 minutes): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pufbva... 



WiFi Medium contention (20+ minutes): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-U_hPE... 



WiFi Security (50 minutes): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcWwRX... 



WLAN topologies (22 minutes): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbBdXM... 



Antenna basics (1h 27 minutes): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DgWR5... 



Radio frequency measurements: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMwGzT... 



Overview of WiFi standards, Organisations and Fundamentals (29 minutes): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMNVdr... 



802.11n basics (30 minutes): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zop0RC... 







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You can also find several videos and webinar archives at the CWNPTV YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/CWNPTV
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I also would like to point everyone to an online course about Radio Frequency (RF) for Wi-Fi Administrators that is offered by Gene Hill.
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I have posted my CWAP & CWSP notes in my blog. Anyone studying for those exam, my notes also may be helpful

http://mrncciew.com/2014/10/04/my-cwap-study-notes/
http://mrncciew.com/2014/09/13/how-to-study-for-cwsp/

HTH
Rasika
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Manoah Coenraad, Champ

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Thanks Rasika, Very usefull!
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Rasika Nayanajith

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No worries, enjoy reading those & go for your CWNP
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Nicolas Maton

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ty !
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Anthony Zotti

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Believe it or not, I like #WirelessWednesday on Twitter
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Chuck Ricks

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Wow.  Lots of resources in this thread!  I am bookmarking the thread for later reading.
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Twitter is great for a daily feed of knowledge from vendors and bloggers.

Here are some that I follow: @connect802, @CWNP, @JustDoWiFi, @MY80211, @DevinAkin, @KeithRParsons, @Ben_SniffWiFi, @wifi_princess, @revolutionwifi
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If you can get hold of the Wi-Fi fundamentals series of GT Hill. These also are a big recommendation! He has a clear way of explaining some difficult topics.. 
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Another great resource. Open Network Design (as in, please contribute :)): http://ond.podome.re/ond-00001/ond-00001.html

Lead author and contributor is Donal. You can follow him on twitter: @irldexter