8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Wi Fi/WLAN Fundamentals Training by Tessco; Day One of a Two Day Training. (Attendees must bring laptop computers for this training. Attendees should bring available Wi-Fi test instruments for performing signal analysis.)
Speaker: Dane Brockmille. Tessco
Room: 342 D

Training Description: This course will provide an overview of Wi-Fi standards and technologies and will give the student the ability to layout out and design a wireless network, configure wireless routers and wireless network adapters, add security to wireless networks, and to use the wireless network. An overview of Wi-Fi standards

Training Abstract:

You will Learn:

  • Wireless Network fundamentals
  • Wireless Network Architecture
  • Different Wireless Standards
  • How to deploy Wireless Hotspots and connect the WLAN to the WAN
  • How to Secure a Wireless Network
  • How to Measure Wireless Performance and Signal Strength
  • How to Configure computers to connect to a Wireless Network

Prerequisites: None, however a data fundamentals course is extremely helpful.

Course Content:

  1. Wired Network Review
  2. Wired Network Hardware
  3. Wired Network Protocols
  4. TCP/IP
  5. Ethernet
  6. Wireless Network Architecture
  7. Wireless Basics
  8. RF Communication
  9. Network Design
  10. Transporting Data
  11. Ethernet and IP packets
  12. 802.11 and Wi-Fi
  13. IEEE
  14. Wi-Fi Alliance
  15. Wireless LANs (Wi-Fi Standards)
  16. Radio Standards and Bands
  17. 802.11a
  18. 802.11b

iii. 802.11g

  • 802. 802.11n
  • 803. 802.11ac
  • 804. Security Standards
  • 805. WEP
  • 806. 802.11i-2003 (WPA)

iii. 802.11i-2004 (WPA2)

  1. 802.1x (RADIUS Authentication)
  2. Interference Control Standards (802.11h)
  3. 802.11h – Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS)
  4. 802.11h – Transmit Power Control (TPC)
  5. Wireless Access Point Operating Modes
  6. Router/AP
  7. AP Only
  8. Repeater
  9. Mesh Node
  10. Bridge Mode
  11. Deploying Hotspots
  12. Wireless Networking Equipment
  13. Routers, Wired and Wireless
  14. Switches, Wired and Wireless
  15. Wireless Access Points
  16. Repeaters
  17. Mesh Nodes
  18. Power over Ethernet (PoE)
  19. Configuring Access Points
  20. Managed APs, Lightweight APs
  21. Local Connection Configuration
  22. Configuration via Wireless Connection
  23. Maintenance IP Address
  24. Endpoint Connection Methods
  25. Built-in Adapters
  26. Removable Adapters
  27. Single vs. Multiple Access points
  28. Basic Service Set (BSS) and Extended Service Set (ESS)
  29. SSID
  30. Allowable Characters
  31. Hidden or Broadcast

iii. SSID Naming Conventions

  1. Multiple SSIDs on the Same AP
  2. Channel Assignment
  3. Static
  4. Dynamic
  5. Signal interference
  6. Address Assignment
  7. IP Addresses: Same LAN or Isolated LAN
  8. MAC Addresses: BSSIDs

iii. Basic Radio MAC Address

  1. Virtualized MAC Addresses
  2.  Other WLANs
  3. WISP
  4. WiMAX
  5. Internet Connectivity
  6. ISP requirements
  7. Wireless LAN Controller (WLC)
  8. Channel Management
  9. AP Groups
  10. Roaming and Handoffs
  11. Performance Measurement
  12. Distance Limitations
  13. Interference Issues
  14. Signal Strength and Throughput
  15. WLAN Throughput
  16. Testing Internet Connectivity
  17. Measuring Internet Throughput
  18. Measuring LAN Throughput
  19. Measuring Wireless Throughput
  20. Monitoring performance
  21. WLAN Security
  22. Threats to the WLAN
  23. Access Control
  24. Wireless VLAN
  25. Understanding Wireless Encryption
  26. Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP)
  27. Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA and WPA2)
  28. Pre-Shared Key (PSK) and Radius Authentication
  29. Client Isolation
  30. Steps to a Secure Wireless Network
  31. Configuring Network Computers
  32. Installing network adapters
  33. TCP/IP properties
  34. Network clients
  35. File and Printer sharing
  36. Domains and Workgroups
  37. Internet Connection (Hardware) Firewalls
  38. Software Firewalls
  39. Voice and Video over Wi-Fi
  40. Without Roaming
  41. With Roaming
  42. Equipment Interoperability Problems
  43. Mixing Vendors
  44. Mixing Protocols
  45. Hands-on Labs (done throughout the course)

Level of Training:

Who should Attend:

  • Wireless Networking Engineers
  • IT Staff
  • IT Managers
  • Wireless Network Support Personnel
  • Anyone interested in learning more about configuring and maintaining Wi-Fi networks

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Competent Rigging Training by Safety LMS
Speaker: JP Jones, Safety LMS
Room: 342 A

Training Description: The Competent Rigging course details all aspects for the ASSE/ANSI 10.48-2016 Standard and is designed with specific emphasis on load calculations and rigging plans for antenna and line and structural modifications crews using a capstan hoist as the primary means of lifting loads with a line pull not exceeding 1,000 lbs. During Safety LMS’s Competent Rigging class, students will review Basic Rigging Principles as well as advanced rigging standards outlined in the ASSE/ANSI 10.48-2016 Standard. Successful students will meet the criteria to create rigging plans as outlined in the standard.

Training Abstract:

Subjects Covered:


Training Objectives:

  • Understanding different types of Standards and regulations that govern the Telecommunications industry
  • Get an understanding of the equipment and materials involved in majority of the lifts encountered on site
  • Entire course culminates with the ability to write and follow a rigging plan for different types of lifts

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Using Online Regulatory Resources for Tower Project Planning Training by TRC Enviromental Corporation (Attendees must bring laptop computers for this training)
Speaker: Ken Brown, TRC Environmental Corporation
Co Speaker: Todd Schnakenberg, TRC Environmental Corporation
Room: 342 E

Training Description: A demonstration and hands-on training on how the FCC TCNS and E-106 systems and various useful environmental desktop review databases work. We will cover who can access these FCC-based systems and how the systems are used. We will cover useful online websites to assist in determining the potential for nearby sensitive environmental resources. Environmental resource tools reviewed will include the USFWS IPaC system used by biologists to identify potential endangered species or wetlands (USFWS National Wetland Inventory) that may be within your project area. We will also demonstrate helpful publicly available historic resource databases to assist in identifying risks in potential tower siting locations. Let the experts walk you through how these systems work.

Training Abstract: This training session is designed to assist communication tower project location planning by demonstrating how to use federal and state regulatory databases and online information systems in order to evaluate the potential for nearby presence of cultural, historical and biological resources that are protect by federal, state and local environmental laws. Attendees will be shown various online regulatory databases and information systems, where to access these sites, and how various types of resources located within or adjacent to potential tower locations could affect your project. Online regulatory databases and information systems of the potential impacts that can be used during the tower location planning process will include the FCC Tribal Construction Notification System, E-106 system, USFWS Information and Planning (IPaC), State-level wildlife databases, and publicly available National Register of Historic Places listings and other publicly available databases for historic resources. Upon completion of this training session attendees will have a better grasp on how to identify potential environmental risks that could add financial costs, schedule delays, or impede their projects.

Training Objectives:

  • Understanding the FCC Tribal Construction Notification System and E-106 submission systems.
  • Learn what environmental desktop resources are available to assist in siting a project to have minimal delays to schedule or potential impacts to environmental resources.
  • Have tools needed to determine better potential project locations at the outset of project planning rather than finding problems after designs are complete.

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Hand-on Field Area Networking Training by 4RF (Attendees must bring their laptop computers for this training)
Speaker: John Yaldwyn, 4RF USA, Inc
Co Speaker: Steve Moffat, 4RF USA, Inc
Room: 342 E

Training Description: This is a hand-on training session to establish a point-multipoint field area network (FAN) using 4RF supplied equipment. The concepts covered will apply to similar equipment from other vendors. In the time allowed this will be a short form course but will cover the essential components of design, installation, configuration, commissioning, and testing of a small live field area network. This course would benefit those wishing to gain a practical appreciate of radio based FAN technology deployment as well as already experienced engineers seeking to update their knowledge of what is possible with today’s radio technology.

Training Abstract: This course will cover the essential components of design, installation, configuration, commissioning, and testing of a small live field area network.
The application of radio based FAN technology to field applications including both production and pipeline systems will be considered. The design component will cover FCC licencing, interfacing capability, coverage planning, operational efficiencies, and other goals to improve ROI. Finally, the course will introduce commissioning and testing tasks.

Training Objectives:

  • Even for those with little previous radio background this session with cover radio system operation and explain how radio based field area networks are used today for petroleum, natural gas, production and pipeline application as well as in other utilities.
  • Understand FAN system design including technical and regulatory considerations. Learn how capacity enables new applications like schedule tracking, line pack, and leak detection.
  • Build and test a small field area network. Each pair of students will get to configure one master and one remote terminal. Installation and configuration will be the primary hands on experience.

Level of Training: Intermediate

Max attendees: 16