Wireless networking is one of the fastest growing segments of the computer industry. Every electronic device seems capable of wireless connections these days: computers, handhelds, cell phones, and even digital cameras are all capable of transmitting without a tether. To many people, those wireless connections are nothing short of technical wizardry. This course will remove the mystery and give you a thorough understanding of this fascinating and lucrative technology.
Becoming knowledgeable about wireless networking is easier than ever. With a helpful instructor who is also a working industry expert, a practical and thoughtful approach to teaching, and an emphasis on giving you a practical, hands-on understanding how wireless works, this course will teach you everything you want to know about the world of wireless connectivity.
In this first lesson, you’ll learn about basic network facts and operation, preparing you to expand your knowledge in subsequent lessons. Then, discover how wireless networking actually works in simple everyday terms that make it easy to understand. You’ll also learn about different methods used to pull computer data out of thin air.
In this lesson, you’ll learn how standards in the networking world help drive the adoption of technology. You’ll know who makes the standards, how something becomes standardized, and why it’s so important. Then, you’ll learn all about wireless network devices, what role each device plays, and how to make sense of it all!
In this lesson, we’ll investigate short-range wireless network technologies. You’ll learn all about Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and the details that make each technology unique. Then, you’ll learn which wireless technology can go beyond your house, beyond your neighborhood, and even beyond the atmosphere. You’ll also learn the drawbacks of having your data travel into space and back, and about some long-range wireless technologies that might give DSL or cable Internet access a run for their long-range money.
In this lesson, you’ll learn how to plan a wireless network. Then, you’ll install a wireless access point (WAP) to get the wireless network up and running.
Learn how to outfit a computer with a wireless network card, how to connect that computer to your wireless network, and how to make sure that wireless network connection is properly configured. Then, you’ll learn how to hook those other devices into the wireless network you created in previous lessons.
In this lesson, you’ll discover how wireless networks provide security for wireless devices that connect to them. You’ll also learn how to make your own wireless network secure, ensuring that only the people you want to connect to your wireless network are capable of doing so. Finally, you’ll get your instructors thoughts and predictions on where the future of wireless networking is headed.
Prerequisites / Requirements
Completion of David Iseminger’s Introduction to Networking online course (or equivalent experience).
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
When can I get started?
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
How does it work?
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
How long do I have to complete each lesson?
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
What if I need an extension?
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.