Wi-Fi is a Passion


Preparation CWAP

Hereby my plan of action for preparing for Certified Wireless Analysis Professional.

You need to understand the exam objects and not remembering questions. What the hard part is about analyzing wireless problems, you cannot learn it from books (in my opinion). My recommendation is to have real life experiences before taking this test. Use WireShark or another protocol analyzer to see the frames, don’t just learn the frame formats from the book without seeing a real frame in WireShark. Use a Spectrum Analyzer and see if you recognize the patterns (OFDM, Bluetooth, Jammer, Cordless Phone, Video Transmitter, Microwave and a Baby Monitor). Go through a WPA2-Personal, a WPA2-Enterprise and an open network process. You need to see it before you can understand what is written in the books. CWAP is a learning curves!

Troubleshooting Processes (5%)
Chapter 1: Troubleshooting Processes
Overview - Troubleshooting

802.11 Communications (25%)
Chapter 2: 802.11 Communications
Overview - Authentication
Overview - Architectures

Chapter 3: 802.11 Frames
PHY Layer
MAC Layer – Header
MAC Layer - Frame Control
MAC Layer - QoS field
Frames - Management (1)
Frames - Management (2)
Frames – Control
Frames – Data
Security - WPA2-Personal
Security - WPA2-Enterprise

WLAN Hardware (15%)
Chapter 4: WLAN Hardware
This chapter was pretty straight forward. Looking up devices up in the FCC ID database:
Differences between internal and external adapters (USB, CF-cards, SD-cards, PCIe cards).
Features of access points and the different modes (Root, Bridge and Repeater)
Access Point SPEC sheets
Features of Wireless LAN Controllers and management tools.
Hardware for protocol and spectrum analysis.
Routers and switches features for the wireless environment.

Protocol and Spectrum Analysis (35%)
Chapter 5: Protocol Analysis
Protocol Analyses

Chapter 6: Spectrum Analysis
RF Math (1) (CWNA review)
RF Math (2) (CWNA review)
Spectrum Analyses

Troubleshooting Common Problems (20%)
Chapter 7: Wired Issues
Common Wired Issues

Chapter 8: Common WLAN Issues
Common Wireless Issues