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  • Sunday - Tuesday
  • Wednesday - 30 Sept
  • Thursday - 01 Oct
  • Friday - 02 Oct
  • Bootcamps Available at Wireless Technology Forum
09:00 AM - 06:00 PMCWNA By Robert Bartz(Click to Expand)

CWNA® – Certified Wireless Network Administrator

A strong foundation you can build upon.

Get a head start right out of the gate with a Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) certification. It is the base certification for Enterprise Wi-Fi within the CWNP family of certifications and a springboard toward earning your security, design, analysis and network expert certifications.

Do you have an understanding of the fundamentals of wireless technology? Do you know how WLAN work and how it’s managed day-to-day? Do you have the ability to install, configure and troubleshoot and maintain wireless networks within small business or Enterprise deployments?

As the demand for wireless continues to grow, so does the need for certified network administrators.

Main Areas Covered by CWNA:

  • Radio Frequency (RF) Technologies
  • Antenna Concepts
  • Wireless LAN Hardware and Software
  • Network Design, Installation, and Management
  • Wireless Standards and Organizations
  • 802.11 Network Architecture
  • Wireless LAN Security
  • Troubleshooting
  • How to Perform Site Surveys

About Robert Bartz:

Robert Bartz is a technical trainer, computer networking consultant, technical author, and speaker. He is the founder of Eight-O-Two Technology Solutions providing technical education and consulting services.Robert started his career in technology as an aerospace test engineer working
with fighter jet radar systems and communication satellite spacecraft. He has decades of experience with computer networking technology and has attained numerous technical certifications over the years. Starting with Novell Netware moving on to Microsoft Networking, CompTIA and the CWNP program.

09:00 AM - 06:00 PMCWDP By Dennis Nofsinger(Click to Expand)

CWDP® – Certified Wireless Design Professional

Design the network, and your future.

Do you have the skills to design an Enterprise network? Do you understand the architectures and protocols of a WLAN? Can you conduct a thorough site survey, design end-to-end security and validate your designed network? Well, now is your chance to prove it, and in turn, earn a Certified Wireless Design Professional (CWDP) certification.

The CWDP is highly respected within the IT industry and CWDP-certified candidates hold a significant advantage in terms of career and salary advancement.

Measure your skills and knowledge with this professional-level certification and get on track toward ultimately earning your Certified Wireless Network Expert (CWNE) certification. Those that pass the CWDP exam earn credit towards a CWNE certification.

What it takes to become a CWDP:

The CWDP certification is a professional level wireless LAN certification for the CWNP Program. To earn a CWDP certification, you must hold a current and valid CWNA credential. You must take the CWDP exam at a Pearson Vue Testing Center and pass with a 70% or higher. Instructors must pass with a 80% or higher. However you choose to prepare for the CWDP exam, you should start with the exam objectives, which cover the full list of skills tested on the exam.  The CWDP certification is valid for three (3) years. To recertify, you must have a current CWNA credential and pass the current CWDP exam. By passing the CWDP certificate, your CWNA certificate will be renewed for an another three years.

Main Areas Covered by CWDP:

Define Specifications for the WLAN
Design the WLAN
Deploy the WLAN
Validate and Optimize the WLAN


About Dennis Nofsinger:

Dennis Nofsinger is a Senior Wireless Training Specialist working for GigaWave Technologies since December of 2000. Dennis has focused on delivering top-notch wireless training for Cisco Systems and now CWNP. Dennis received his CWNP Certified Wireless Network Trainer (CWNT) status on August 8, 2018. Since getting certified, Dennis has been involved in
presenting CWNA and CWSP training classes.

09:00 AM - 06:00 PMCWIIP By Tom Carpenter(Click to Expand)

CWIIP® – Certified Wireless IoT Integration Professional

The Certified Wireless IoT Integration Professional (CWIIP) develops and implements solutions that integrate multiple wireless-sourced management, monitoring, and control data through programming. This professional can identify and use the appropriate tools to extract, transform, and load data to and from wireless Internet of Things (IoT) systems. The CWIIP plays a crucial role in planning and delivering scalable solutions to automate the transport of and response to data throughout a heterogeneous network.

Main Areas Covered By CWIIP:

  • Explain and Use Integration Protocols
  • Perform Requirements Analysis
  • Develop IoT Integration Solutions
  • Implement IoT Integration Solutions
  • Maintain and Support IoT Integration Solutions

About Tom Carpenter:

Tom is the Chief Technology Officer at CWNP as well as a Certified Wireless Network Expert (CWNE®) the highest-level designation within the CWNP family of wireless IT certifications. Day-to-day he uses his expertise to guide the development of certifications and learning materials across all CWNP certifications, leading a team of technical writers.

Prior to joining CWNP, Tom spent 15 years working as a consultant in Wi-Fi technologies, security and Microsoft solutions, advising global companies such as Proctor & Gamble, Wells Fargo, Scotts as well as the Department of Defense. Before that, he spent several years as a systems administrator in an organization with more than 60 locations and over 20,000 nodes. All told, Tom has more than two decades of experience in the IT industry, has authored 15 books on technologies ranging from Wi-Fi to Windows Server administration, has garnered numerous industry recognitions and can be followed on Twitter at @carpentertom.

Tom is a native of West Virginia and currently resides just outside of Columbus, Ohio. In addition to his many IT certifications, he holds a Bachelors in Biblical Studies.

09:00 AM - 06:00 PMCWICP By Jonathan Davis(Click to Expand)

CWICP® – Certified Wireless IoT Connectivity Professional

The Certified Wireless IoT Connectivity Professional (CWICP) understands IoT connectivity standards and operation in business and industrial networks. This knowledge can be applied to deploy and troubleshoot the most common wireless IoT protocols with an in-depth understanding of their operations. A CWICP should be able to identify the technology and security requirements for a given IoT solution.

Main Areas Covered By CWICP:

  • Wireless IoT Technologies and Solutions
  • Wireless IoT RF Characteristics
  • Wireless IoT PHY Structure and Operations
  • Wireless IoT MAC Layer Structure and Operations
  • Wireless IoT Upper Layers Protocols
  • Wireless IoT Security
  • Validate and Troubleshoot IoT Solutions

About Jonathan Davis:

Jonathan Davis (JD) has over 20 years of experience in IT, with a significant focus on networking and mobility. He regularly presents at industry events or participates in public round-table discussions.

JD writes a technical blog at subnetwork.me, is a co-host of CenterFreqs, and a co-founder of The Wi-Fi Awards. He is CWNE 366 and holds other certifications from Cisco, CWNP, and Ekahau.

When not behind the keyboard, he loves to travel and chase new experiences.

Breaks As Needed

Breaks will be taken as needed during boot camps.

  • Main Hall
09:00 AM - 09:10 AMConference Introduction By Tom Carpenter(Click to Expand)

About Tom Carpenter:

Tom is the Chief Technology Officer at CWNP as well as a Certified Wireless Network Expert (CWNE®) the highest-level designation within the CWNP family of wireless IT certifications. Day-to-day he uses his expertise to guide the development of certifications and learning materials across all CWNP certifications, leading a team of technical writers.

Prior to joining CWNP, Tom spent 15 years working as a consultant in Wi-Fi technologies, security and Microsoft solutions, advising global companies such as Proctor & Gamble, Wells Fargo, Scotts as well as the Department of Defense. Before that, he spent several years as a systems administrator in an organization with more than 60 locations and over 20,000 nodes. All told, Tom has more than two decades of experience in the IT industry, has authored 15 books on technologies ranging from Wi-Fi to Windows Server administration, has garnered numerous industry recognitions and can be followed on Twitter at @carpentertom.

Tom is a native of West Virginia and currently resides just outside of Columbus, Ohio. In addition to his many IT certifications, he holds a Bachelors in Biblical Studies.

09:10 AM - 09:55 AMIntroducing the 6 GHz Band & Wi-Fi 6E By Chuck Lukaszewski(Click to Expand)

Session Description:

On April 23, the United States FCC voted unanimously to open the 6 GHz band for use by Wi-Fi and other unlicensed broadband radio systems. This new Order – which adds an additional 1,200 MHz for Wi-Fi – is the single most consequential FCC decision in at least a generation and in some ways eclipses the original 1997 decision opening the 5 GHz U-NII bands. Chuck will review the scope of the decision, the concurrent Further Notice of Proposed Rule making, and preview likely developments in this band in 2021 and beyond.

About Chuck Lukaszewski:

Chuck Lukaszewski is Vice President, Wireless Strategy & Standards in the CTO Office at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. He is CWNE #112. His responsibilities include driving roadmap & vision around future wireless products and services, and he leads the team that represents HPE in various wireless standards bodies and spectrum regulatory fora. 

Chuck has been engineering and deploying large-scale 802.11 networks for over 12 years, joining Aruba in 2007. He has built Wi-Fi systems in hospitals, warehouses, seaports, rail yards, manufacturing plants, arenas, stadiums, and other complex RF environments. At Aruba, he led the company’s global Customer Engineering team for six years before joining the CTO organization in 2013. He is the author of six books and design guides including Very High-Density 802.11ac Networks and Outdoor MIMO Wireless Networks. 

10:00 AM - 10:15 AMCWNP Updates By Tom Carpenter(Click to Expand)

About Tom Carpenter:

Tom is the Chief Technology Officer at CWNP as well as a Certified Wireless Network Expert (CWNE®) the highest-level designation within the CWNP family of wireless IT certifications. Day-to-day he uses his expertise to guide the development of certifications and learning materials across all CWNP certifications, leading a team of technical writers.

Prior to joining CWNP, Tom spent 15 years working as a consultant in Wi-Fi technologies, security and Microsoft solutions, advising global companies such as Proctor & Gamble, Wells Fargo, Scotts as well as the Department of Defense. Before that, he spent several years as a systems administrator in an organization with more than 60 locations and over 20,000 nodes. All told, Tom has more than two decades of experience in the IT industry, has authored 15 books on technologies ranging from Wi-Fi to Windows Server administration, has garnered numerous industry recognitions and can be followed on Twitter at @carpentertom.

Tom is a native of West Virginia and currently resides just outside of Columbus, Ohio. In addition to his many IT certifications, he holds a Bachelors in Biblical Studies.

10:20 AM - 10:55 AMTop Ten Tips for Wireless LAN Designs By Keith Parsons(Click to Expand)

Session Description:

Working with the submission committee to meet their requests for an introduction to WLAN Design presentation.

About Keith Parsons:

Keith Parsons is Managing Director of the Wireless LAN Professionals, Inc. A gifted presenter, Keith is known for his wit and broad technical experience. He holds 68 technical certifications (9 Wireless) and has earned an MBA from the Marriott School of Management. He is an author (or editor) of 30+ technical publications and has developed seven technical industry and vendor certifications.

Mr. Parsons is a sought after presenter for a variety of technical conferences on the subjects of Wireless LAN and Network Security/Penetration Testing. He travels throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia in behalf of a wide variety of IT vendors, explaining their products to networking professionals.

Keith has been on the CWNP and CWNE Advisory Boards – and is CWNE #3. He is currently on the Wireless LAN Association Executive Committee. For the past 18 years, Mr. Parsons has focused on Wireless LANs, both in providing high-quality customized training as well as WLAN design and consulting services with a variety of global corporations.

11:00 AM - 11:35 AMBridging Links to Remote Locations, Use Cases, Technologies, and Frequency Pros and Cons By Jerrod Howard(Click to Expand)

Session Description:

Focus on the fundamentals and capabilities of different wireless bridging technologies, the different frequencies available, pros and cons of each, and a look in to the ‘art of the feasible’ in the near and far future.

About Jerrod Howard:

Jerrod has been working within Wi-Fi for over 15 years, focusing on outdoor coverage and use cases, warehousing, and specialized applications. Currently serving as the outdoor product manager for Aruba Networks, he previously was the Technical Marketing Engineer focusing on outdoor, warehousing, and Federal applications, and before that served as a systems engineer support Federal DoD, Intel, and US Army.

11:40 AM - 12:15 PMWLAN Pi 2.0 By Jerry Olla(Click to Expand)

Session Description:

Learn about the WLAN Pi – a community sourced project focused on building tools to help wireless professionals troubleshoot wireless issues and maintain wireless networks. What’s new and what is to come.

About Jerry Olla:

Experienced Wireless Network Engineer, founded the WLAN Pi project, likes taking things apart… CWNE #238

12:20 PM - 01:05 PMAutomation for the Rest of Us By Jake Snyder(Click to Expand)

Session Description:

Jake started in wireless back in the early 2000s but in the open-source software. It wasn’t until his career as a software developer reset due to an economic downturn that he found his way back into the world of Wi-Fi. After completing many wireless certifications, development skills came back to the forefront as automation and programmability took off in the networking space. Jake currently works as a mild-mannered Corporate SE for Mist, a Juniper Company by day, and teaches python and automation in his free time.

About Jake Snyder:

Jake started in wireless back in the early 2000s but in the open-source software.  It wasn’t until his career as a software developer reset due to an economic downturn that he found his way back into the world of Wi-Fi.  After completing many wireless certifications, development skills came back to the forefront as automation and programmability took off in the networking space.  

Jake currently works as a mild-mannered Corporate SE for Mist, a Juniper Company by day, and teaches python and automation in his free time.

01:10 PM - 01:45 PMWi-Fi Security Foundations By Phil Morgan(Click to Expand)

Session Description:

To give students a solid foundation of Wi-Fi security concepts

WPA/WPA2 History
WPA2 Personal
WPA2 Enterprise
Guest Networks

About Phil Morgan:

Phil has been working with Wi-Fi for over 20 years. He specializes in security and Cybersecurity, and Wi-Fi security and Pentesting. Phil has authored multiple webinars, papers and book chapters on Wi-Fi security and Pentesting Wi-Fi.

01:50 PM - 02:25 PMDesigning a LoRA Network In Mine By Djamel Ramoul(Click to Expand)

Session Description:

In this talk, I’ll walk you through a real case study of a LoRa network deployed in an underground mine by a south american mining company. I’ll show you how the existing network coverage was assessed, and then how the modeling and predictive design was done – and lastly what the results were. It’s an interesting, unique and challenging use case that incorporates IoT, outdoor and indoor design all in one. Excited to share it.

About Djamel Ramoul:

With over 15 years in the wireless industry, a masters of engineering in telecommunications and experience with DAS, WLAN, CBRS, Public Safety , FTTx and IoT Djamel has a lot of experience to share. Considered a vauable resource for many wireless technologies, Djamel spends his days as a sales engineer at iBwave. Before this Djamel put in many years in the field as an engineer specializing in stadium and arena coverage design, test and optimization.

02:30 PM - 03:05 PMWirelessHART By Troy Martin

Session Description:

Discover why the WirelessHART (IEC62591) protocol is used in industrial environments and learn how it establishes a dynamic mesh network of interconnected sensors. This robust and resilient protocol is used to interconnect arrays of sensors providing rich data used by plant operators and business analysts to make strategic and timely decisions to maximize plant productivity and operation.

About Troy Martin:

Troy Martin is an independent wireless consultant based in Canada. Troy guides customers through new wireless deployments and upgrades, bringing the magic of Wi-Fi to the people. In addition, he also teaches others how to design better wireless as an ECSE instructor and veteran wireless trainer.

03:25 PM - 04:00 PMAdvanced Packet Capture By Peter Mackenzie(Click to Expand)

Session Description:

Why and How? – Have always been two of my favourite questions. How does that work? Why does it does do that? They are questions which I believe we don’t ask enough in IT. We have the fix all troubleshooting step: “Turn it off and on again”. But if we don’t understand why we needed to “turn it of and on again”, we can’t ensure it won’t happen again.

There are many network management and monitoring tools which tell network administrators what has happened but it is often only by looking at packet captures that we can truly answer the why question. Protocol Analysers are extremely powerful tools and are great at answering the why and how questions, but only if you know your protocol and can correctly interpret the vast wealth of information they provide.

In this session we will deep dive into the 802.11 protocol and packet capture try and makes sense all those frames.

About Peter Mackenzie:

Peter Mackenzie is an internationally recognized expert in Wi-Fi and co-author of the CWAP study guide published by Wiley. Peter is currently the Head of Technical Operations for UK company MarQuest, where he is the principle instructor for the CWNP courses. Peter has taught courses in various countries around the globe. When not instructing courses, Peter provides consultancy services specializing in wireless networking and network analysis, to many industries including local government, education, and retail. Peter also heads up the wireless installation team at MarQuest working with many different wireless vendors and holding many of their certifications, along with the vendor natural CWNE and CWNT certifications. Peter is CWNE #33.

  • Main Hall
09:00 AM - 09:10 AMConference Introduction By Tom Carpenter(Click to Expand)

About Tom Carpenter:

Tom is the Chief Technology Officer at CWNP as well as a Certified Wireless Network Expert (CWNE®) the highest-level designation within the CWNP family of wireless IT certifications. Day-to-day he uses his expertise to guide the development of certifications and learning materials across all CWNP certifications, leading a team of technical writers.

Prior to joining CWNP, Tom spent 15 years working as a consultant in Wi-Fi technologies, security and Microsoft solutions, advising global companies such as Proctor & Gamble, Wells Fargo, Scotts as well as the Department of Defense. Before that, he spent several years as a systems administrator in an organization with more than 60 locations and over 20,000 nodes. All told, Tom has more than two decades of experience in the IT industry, has authored 15 books on technologies ranging from Wi-Fi to Windows Server administration, has garnered numerous industry recognitions and can be followed on Twitter at @carpentertom.

Tom is a native of West Virginia and currently resides just outside of Columbus, Ohio. In addition to his many IT certifications, he holds a Bachelors in Biblical Studies.

09:15 AM - 09:55 AMTroubleshooting Concepts for Wireless Networking By Robert Bartz(click to Expand)

Session Description:

About Robert Bartz:

10:00 AM - 10:40 AMWPA3 – Evolution of Wireless Security By Stephen Orr(Click to Expand)

Session Description:

Recently, the Wi-Fi Alliance announced new security programs to advance wireless security: Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WPA3™and Wi-Fi Certified Enhanced Open™. This session will explore the details around these programs, including the history of wireless security, its ties to other standards bodies, the problems they solve, and guidance on how and when to adopt them in an enterprise wireless network.

About Stephen Orr:

Stephen Orr is a twenty-two year veteran of Cisco and serves as a Distinguished Architect for Cisco’s US Public Sector Theater where he is responsible for working with a broad range of Public Sector customers such as the DoD, Civilian, State & Local Government as well as Higher Education on Enterprise Architecture designs. He is a leading Cisco authority on Wireless, Wireless Security, IP Mobility, IPv6, Network Service Discovery, Next Generation Encryption and complex network architecture design.

Stephen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a dual Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE) in Routing and Switching and Wireless and is one of the co-authors for Cisco’s CCIE Wireless written and lab exams.

Orr often serves as a presenter and panel member at industry conferences as well as for several Industry Forums. In addition to conferences, Stephen currently participates in multiple industry working groups such as the Wi-Fi Alliance where he is currently serving as the Chair for the Security Marketing and Security Technical Task Groups focusing on WPA3.

10:45 AM - 11:30 PMToolzapalooza By Jussi Kiviniemi(Click to Expand)

Session Description:

In this presentation we’ll provide the latest developments and hidden useful features of all the key Wi-Fi tools out there. A ton of demos, as little slides as possible.

Showcased will be tools from Ekahau, IBWave, NetAlly, Adrian Granados and Tamosoft, among others.

About Jussi Kiviniemi:

Jussi’s been a Wi-Fi geek for 20+ years and a computer geek for almost 40 – Although he looks like he’s just 20 years old. Go figure.

11:35 AM - 12:05 PMIndoor Location with 802.11/802.11az By Jerome Henry(Click to Expand)

Session Description:

We all know that your phone, your laptop, picks up the ‘best’ data rate, the ‘best’ MCS, the ‘best’ number of spatial streams when deciding to send an 802.11 frame. When things go wrong, the algorithm reverts back to a more conservative scheme, before attempting to accelerate again. But how does all this work? Why does the client decide to go down one spatial stream instead of using a lower modulation scheme? Why do some clients attempt to try ‘faster rates’ sooner than other clients? There are a few algorithms in the industry, which variants are implemented by most large vendors. In this session, you will learn the logic of these schemes, from Minstrel HT to HAL and others, and you will learn which client implement which scheme. Next time your client chooses to rate shift up or down, you will know why.

About Jerome Henry:

Jerome Henry, CWNE No. 45, is a Principal Engineer in the Office of the Wireless CTO at Cisco Systems. His main field of research is around optimizations of clients experience across wireless networks. He has developed multiple Cisco Wireless courses and authored several wireless books and video courses. Jerome holds more than 150 patents, is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and represents Cisco in Wi-Fi Alliance working groups.

12:00 PM - 12:20 PM7Signal – Tech Showcase By Jim Vajda(Click to Expand)
12:40 PM - 01:20 PMBLE Vs Wi-Fi – Protocols and Their Operations By Peter Mackenzie(Click to Expand)

Session Description:

Wi-Fi is technology we all use every day, it is everywhere if you are attending this conference you probably know something about how it works and the protocols it uses. But I wonder how much you know about BLE. BLE is another technology which is all around us and one we probably use without even noticing. In this session we compare BLE and Wi-Fi. We will dig into the BLE Protocol, it’s operations and use cases. We will see how to perform and analyse BLE packet captures.

About Peter Mackenzie:

Peter Mackenzie is an internationally recognised expert in Wi-Fi and co-author of the CWAP study guide published by Wiley. Peter is currently the Head of Technical Operations for UK company MarQuest, where he is the principle instructor for the CWNP courses. Peter has taught courses in various countries around the globe. When not instructing courses, Peter provides consultancy services specializing in wireless networking and network analysis, to many industries including local government, education, and retail. Peter also heads up the wireless installation team at MarQuest working with many different wireless vendors and holding many of their certifications, along with the vendor natural CWNE and CWNT certifications. Peter is CWNE #33.

01:25 PM - 02:05 PMCBRS, What’s the Big Deal? By Dave Wright(Click to Expand)

Session Description:

Orient audience to the fundamentals of the CBRS framework, review the leading use cases, provide an update on the ecosystem and commercial activity to date, preview the expected deployment and use cases enabled at the PAL tier (including secondary markets), and overview the Certified Professional Installer (CPI) role and opportunity.

Dave Wright, the President of the CBRS Alliance (and longtime fan of CWNP), will provide an overview and update on the Citizens Broadband Radio Service, explain why this is a hugely significant moment in wireless, and discuss the new range of opportunities CBRS presents to WTF attendees. In this session, Dave will cover:
-Fundamentals of the CBRS Framework
-Leading Use Cases
-The Industry Ecosystem (Organizations and Equipment)
-Commercial Activity since FCC GAA Authorization in Jan 2020
-Impact of PAL Auctions and role of Secondary Markets
-Certified Professional Installer (CPI)
-Opportunities for Dynamic Spectrum Sharing beyond CBRS

About Dave Wright:

Dave played an instrumental role in the formation of the CBRS Alliance, collaborating with other founding members to create a robust multi-stakeholder organization focused on the optimization of LTE and 5G services in the CBRS band. He served as the Alliance’s first Secretary from its launch in August 2016 and was elected as the President of the Alliance in February 2018.

For his “day job”, Dave leads CommScope’s policy and standards initiatives, ensuring the intersection of CommScope’s technology and product innovations with suitable regulatory environments and technical specifications. Dave is a spectrum champion, advocating for unlicensed, licensed, and dynamic sharing frameworks – recognizing the vital role that all spectrum management regimes play in our increasingly wireless world.

Dave began his odyssey in networking/telecom/mobile/wireless in the early ‘90s while serving in the US Marine Corps. He then transitioned to the commercial sector as a systems engineer. In the intervening years he has spent much of his time in Technical Marketing, Standards Development, and Policy Advocacy. Dave is a Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE) Emeritus (#2062), a Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA), and a CBRS Certified Professional Installer (CPI).

02:10 PM - 02:20 PMARISTA – Tech Showcase By ARISTA
02:25 PM - 02:55 PMWired Networks for Wireless Professionals By Jonathan Davis(Click to Expand)

Session Description:

Understanding how QoS for wireless relates to wired networks.
Where and how should QoS Policy be applied?

Examine considerations for switch redundancy, L3 routing, DHCP, and 802.1X reachability.

When designing a wireless network, Wi-Fi Professionals spend a lot of time considering AP placement, cabling, POE, and RF optimization. What happens when that data is handed off to the wired network? What other aspects should be considered?

About Jonathan Davis:

Jonathan Davis (JD) has over 20 years of experience in IT, with a significant focus on networking and mobility. He regularly presents at industry events or participates in public roundtable discussions. 

JD writes a technical blog at subnetwork.me, is a co-host of CenterFreqs, and a co-founder of The Wi-Fi Awards. He is CWNE 366 and holds other certifications from Cisco, CWNP, and Ekahau.

When not behind the keyboard, he loves to travel and chase new experiences.

03:00 PM - 03:30 PMSecurity $#!+ Every Wi-Fi Pro Should Know By Jennifer Minella(Click to Expand)

Session Description:

An intro to security architectures and concepts Wi-Fi pros should know for supporting today’s enterprise environments and the top 5 things our pen testers compromised when assessing Wi-Fi networks.

– Security architecture for Wi-Fi pros
– GRC concepts for Wi-Fi pros
– Top 5 Wi-Fi attacks from pen-testers

About Jennifer Minella:

Jennifer Minella is VP of Engineering and Security with Carolina Advanced Digital, Inc. In her engineering role, Minella leads strategic research and consulting for government agencies, educational institutions and Fortune 100 and 500 corporations. In addition to her normal business roles, Minella is a published author, editorial contributor, and trusted adviser for information security topics to media. No stranger to public speaking, she’s a highly sought-after international speaker.

Jennifer’s also known for introducing mindfulness-based leadership to individuals and organizations in infosec. And aside from meditation and security, she’s a competitive powerlifter and dancer including ballroom and swing. She also loves Figment, the imagination dragon.

Ms. Minella has served on the (ISC)2 Board of Directors since 2014 in various roles including Chairman of the Board in 2019. 

03:35 PM - 04:05 PMDesigning Wireless Networks for Apple By Dan Jones(Click to Expand)

Session Description:

Best practice when designing for iOS and macOS. What impact does AWDL have on our environments and how can we design around that problem.

Roaming triggers
iOS v macOS
AWDL – Apple Wireless Direct Link
Low Power Mode
Cisco’s technical partnership with Apple
Design guidelines

About Dan Jones:

Dan is an Certified Apple Consultant in the UK working with 12 retail stores and a number of premium resellers. He’s recently shifted his attention to Wi-Fi after struggling with poorly designed networks for too long.

04:10 PM - 04:50 PMProximity Tracing – Practical Considerations for Employee Safe Return to Workplaces By Sudheer Matta(Click to Expand)

Session Description:

Every Enterprise is dealing with how to bring employees safely back to work. In this session, we will explore what Wi-Fi and BLE present as viable options for Proximity Tracing and how that is helping Enterprises, Higher Ed Institutions, Retailers and others with safe return to work.

This session will go into – What are the Top questions Enterprise IT is being asked to answer for Proximity Tracing. How can technology help in Employee safe return to work. What are the practical considerations of using Wi-Fi, BLE and Mobile Apps. And specifically a case study of how Juniper Security teams are using Proximity tracing to eliminate manual contact tracing.

About Sudheer Matta:

VP of Products for the Juniper-Mist Enterprise Portfolio – Wired, Wireless, WAN. Previously VP of Products for Mist Systems. Before that spent 15yrs in Engineering Wi-Fi systems, as a developer, as a contributor to IEEE and the Wi-Fi alliance.

  • Main Hall
09:00 AM - 09:10 AMConference Intro By Tom Carpenter(Click to Expand)

About Tom Carpenter:

Tom is the Chief Technology Officer at CWNP as well as a Certified Wireless Network Expert (CWNE®) the highest-level designation within the CWNP family of wireless IT certifications. Day-to-day he uses his expertise to guide the development of certifications and learning materials across all CWNP certifications, leading a team of technical writers.

Prior to joining CWNP, Tom spent 15 years working as a consultant in Wi-Fi technologies, security and Microsoft solutions, advising global companies such as Proctor & Gamble, Wells Fargo, Scotts as well as the Department of Defense. Before that, he spent several years as a systems administrator in an organization with more than 60 locations and over 20,000 nodes. All told, Tom has more than two decades of experience in the IT industry, has authored 15 books on technologies ranging from Wi-Fi to Windows Server administration, has garnered numerous industry recognitions and can be followed on Twitter at @carpentertom.

Tom is a native of West Virginia and currently resides just outside of Columbus, Ohio. In addition to his many IT certifications, he holds a Bachelors in Biblical Studies.

09:10 AM - 09:20 AMWi-Fi Awards Update
09:25 AM - 09:55 AMReliability Analysis and Assurance for Wireless Links: Applying the FMEA and FTA Analysis Models to Wireless Systems By Tom Carpenter(Click to Expand)

Session Description:

Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) and Fault Tree Analysis (FTA) are two methods of reliability analysis that are used in many areas of engineering. They can prove useful for wireless networks as well. In this session, Tom will explain both analysis methods and provide examples of application to wireless communications for IoT. The knowledge can assist you in building effective troubleshooting processes and improving the reliability of your wireless networks.

About Tom Carpenter:

Tom is the Chief Technology Officer at CWNP as well as a Certified Wireless Network Expert (CWNE®) the highest-level designation within the CWNP family of wireless IT certifications. Day-to-day he uses his expertise to guide the development of certifications and learning materials across all CWNP certifications, leading a team of technical writers.

Prior to joining CWNP, Tom spent 15 years working as a consultant in Wi-Fi technologies, security and Microsoft solutions, advising global companies such as Proctor & Gamble, Wells Fargo, Scotts as well as the Department of Defense. Before that, he spent several years as a systems administrator in an organization with more than 60 locations and over 20,000 nodes. All told, Tom has more than two decades of experience in the IT industry, has authored 15 books on technologies ranging from Wi-Fi to Windows Server administration, has garnered numerous industry recognitions and can be followed on Twitter at @carpentertom.

Tom is a native of West Virginia and currently resides just outside of Columbus, Ohio. In addition to his many IT certifications, he holds a Bachelors in Biblical Studies.

10:15 AM - 10:55 AMCWNx Panel
Jessie Shipman, CWNE
David Coleman, CWNE
Amy Arnold, CWNE
Landon Foster, CWNE
Keith Miller, CWNA, CWDP, CWSP
11:00 AM - 11:50 AMISA100.11a: A Third Way for Industrial Data Gathering By Landon Foster(Click to Expand)

Session Description:

This submission will be a high to medium level overview of what ISA100.11a offers, as well as how it must be managed to coexist with wifi, technical details as to the nuts and bolts of the standard and use cases. It will shortly touch on WiHART and some other options for the purpose of contrast and will be from the perspective of a wireless engineer introducing these into an industrial environment. Information will largely be practical, but some of the salient details will be drilled down into. The place of this technology and how it effects the commercial environment for wireless engineers.

About Landon Foster:

Landon Foster is CWNE 317, A father, former U.S. Marine and Co-Author of CWAP-403. He currently works for GDT advising customers on matters related to wireless, including 802.11 and IoT. He lives in Fort Worth, Texas with his two sons and wife.

11:55 AM - 12:30 PMUltra-Wideband By Petr Sedlacek(Click to Expand)

Session Description:

Share technical details with the audience about UWB and mostly practical experience from real-life installations across various types of environments.

Petr will be showing real projects, how difficult they were to deliver, how it worked in the end and also on the expectations vs. reality in these installations.

About Petr Sedlacek:

Petr is an Ultra-Wideband enthusiast, currently working in a sales role with a technical background, giving him a chance to experience both worlds. Petr has practical experience with UWB being used in various projects and implementations and with customer expectations vs. reality.

12:35 PM - 01:25 PMThe IN-N-OUT of Roaming Analysis By Julio Petrovitch(Click to Expand)

Session Description:

You understand the essentials of how Wi-Fi roaming works, but still have problems when it comes down to analyzing or troubleshooting roaming issues? We’ll take a close look at roaming, and identify the key measurements that reveal what happens during roaming, analyze how efficiently the process is operating, and point out where things can go wrong.

About Julio Petrovitch:

Julio Petrovitch is a product manager at NetAlly. He’s worked with network testing and validation for more than 15 years. Through he’s career he has had the opportunity to work with multiple technologies, including POTS, DSL, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi.

01:30 PM - 02:05 PMCBRS Has Arrived! By Andrew vonNagy(Click to Expand)

Session Description:

CBRS is talked about a lot, but with devices now on the market and technology being deployed, the reality of having to design for it is here. In this talk, we’ll walk through a case study of a real CBRS network showing how the predictive design was successfully completed and what was considered to do so. In it, we’ll discuss the unique challenges of planning a CBRS network compared to that of a WiFi network, as well as the advantages we’re seeing of using CBRS in real-life deployments.

About Andrew vonNagy:

Andrew von Nagy is the Director of Solutions Engineering at Celona, Inc. He holds expert level certifications in enterprise wireless networking from Cisco Systems (CCIE) and Certified Wireless Network Professionals (CWNE). Prior to Celona, Andrew has held leadership positions to drive technology strategy at the executive level, lead product management, and manage engineering teams to deliver successful outcomes. Andrew brings expertise from his career spanning small and large enterprise organizations, managed service providers, and technology solution manufacturers to focus on delivering business value for Celona’s partners and customers. In his free time, Andrew loves bicycling, reading Sci-Fi books, and backpacking. 

02:25 PM - 03:00 PMFrom Diesel Fitter to CWNE, My Journey By Ian Tearle(Click to Expand)

Session Description:

Telling the story of my journey from failing to join the army to being a diesel fitter to sales, then finding this Wi-Fi magic, which was all smoke mirrors, pixie dust & a bit of unicorn horn & finding a community that helped me grow & helps others grow and understand Wi-Fi.

About Ian Tearle:

Ian Tearle now a wiser WI-Fi guy, who finally did his CWNE after many years of “oh well why do I need that” to “wow why didn’t I do that sooner!!”, still enjoys Whiskey, still enjoys teaching and still enjoys learning, never afraid to ask the hard questions and always trying to smile

03:05 PM - 03:40 PMRate Adaptation Algorithms By Jerome Henry(Click to Expand)

Session Description:

We all know that your phone, your laptop, picks up the ‘best’ data rate, the ‘best’ MCS, the ‘best’ number of spatial streams when deciding to send an 802.11 frame. When things go wrong, the algorithm reverts back to a more conservative scheme, before attempting to accelerate again. But how does all this work? Why does the client decide to go down one spatial stream instead of using a lower modulation scheme? Why do some clients attempt to try ‘faster rates’ sooner than other clients? There are a few algorithms in the industry, which variants are implemented by most large vendors. In this session, you will learn the logic of these schemes, from Minstrel HT to HAL and others, and you will learn which client implement which scheme. Next time your client chooses to rate shift up or down, you will know why.

About Jerome Henry:

Jerome Henry, CWNE No. 45, is a Principal Engineer in the Office of the Wireless CTO at Cisco Systems. His main field of research is around optimizations of clients experience across wireless networks. He has developed multiple Cisco Wireless courses and authored several wireless books and video courses. Jerome holds more than 150 patents, is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and represents Cisco in Wi-Fi Alliance working groups.

03:45 PM - 04:15 PMWireless Intrusion Prevention System (WIPS) – The Rediscovered Security Component By David Coleman(Click to Expand)

Session Description:

WIPS has been taken for granted because Wi-Fi security has been enhanced. That being said, all the old wireless attacks still exist, and new attacks always debut. We should always remember that Wi-Fi and wireless is an “Access” technology for end-users to gain entry into the corporate network. Wi-Fi pirates and other bad guys will try to find holes in the access layer security. Although WIPS has been taken for granted in recent years, the emergence of IoT re-enforces the need to puts WIPS back at the forefront of any enterprise security solution. The vast majority of the 11 million new devices introduced to the Internet each day are wireless. WIPS is now more essential than ever

About David Coleman:

David D. Coleman is the Director of Product Marketing for Extreme Networks, www.extremenetworks.com. David is a public speaker and proficient technical author, who specializes in Wi-Fi and cloud technologies, and is a member of the Extreme Networks Technical Evangelism team. David travels the world for both customer and channel partner engagements, speaking events and training sessions. He has instructed IT professionals from around the globe in Wi-Fi design, security, administration, and troubleshooting. David has written multiple books, blogs, and white papers about wireless networking, and he is considered an authority on 802.11 technology.

Prior to working at Extreme, he specialized in corporate and government Wi-Fi training and consulting. In the past, he has provided Wi-Fi consulting for numerous private corporations, the US military, and other federal and state government agencies. David is also the 2020 recipient of the Wi-Fi Lifetime Achievement Award. When he is not traveling, David resides in Atlanta, Georgia. David is CWNE #4 and is the co-author of Sybex Publishing’s “Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) Study Guide” – 5th Edition”

04:15 PM - 04:30 PMThat’s A Wrap!