I’m incredibly grateful to AUC and Tony Gray for their invitation to Chris Dawe and I to present our workshop, Fundamentals of Wi-Fi: Physics Always Wins. While we’re not making our full slides available for this talk, we did want to provide some external-facing documentation for our talk that gives you some of the key materials that we used while making this talk.
How to Reach Us
Books & Printed Material
Sometimes, you need to start with printed materials.
The Wireless LAN Professionals organization is the certifying authority for professional WLAN Engineers, and their mission includes training and certification. the CWNA 107 Study Guide (and the now discontinued Sybex volume for the 106 exam that preceded it) is an excellent resource to understanding much of the Wireless sphere.
The home of vendor-independent technical certification for Wi-Fi
Andrew von Nagy’s site is home to comprehensive discussion and analysis of developments in Wi-Fi technology. Andrew is also the creator of a Capacity Planning tool that will provide guidance on access point needs based on a description of your fleet.
Section 1: Wi-Fi and Radio Basics
This piece was what unlocked the importance of OFDM to Wireless connectivity. Learning how it changed Wi-Fi forever helped me understand its importance.
Section 2: Wi-Fi Basic Operations
Section 3: Network Design
Watch this video to gain a greater understanding what turns out to be a vast gulf between vendor hardware performance specs and real-world scenarios with a mixed client base.
Section 4: Apple-specific Design Concerns
Apple’s two deployment guides supply Apple’s general recommendations for Wi-Fi networks (which aren’t too far from ours, generally), as well as Wi-Fi specs for Apple’s devices. Oddly, the iPad specs list is currently badly broken.
Section 5: Tools & Software
Wi-Fi Explorer (Lite, Regular, Pro)