January 19, 2009, 9:00 AM — Brandon Carroll, author of the CCNA Wireless Official Exam Certification Guide shares his must-dos for preparting for the CCNA Wireless Exam, some sage career advice, and an interesting personal profile.
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What I like best about wireless technology, says Brandon Carroll, author of CCNA Wireless Official Exam Certification Guide is the freedom it offers to the end user and the rate at which the technology has advanced. Just a few years ago wireless products like the iPhone and netbook computers weren't even a thought. Today they are commonplace largely due to the availablilty of wireless technology.
I find that when people are just getting into wireless networking they can often be overwhelmed by the amount of information that is out there. They can also get lost in a maze of vendor specific features while overlooking core fundamentals of wireless networking. My advice would be to learn the fundamentals. Learn them inside out. Know the influences on wireless technologies as well as the ways to overcome them. Spend some time on the Cisco web site learning about the Cisco Unified Wireless Network (CUWN) and the components. Try to understand what their purpose is and what business challenges they solve. The sooner you get the big picture the easier it becomes to configure a wireless network as various parameters begin to take shape in your mind.