Learning Guide

Wireless LAN performance management

This section will help you get a grip on your WLAN performance management and provides you with information on analyzers, WLAN signal strength and antennas.

Unifying WLAN and LAN analysis
A look

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at the requirements of a unified WLAN/LAN analysis tool.

Moving freely between WLAN access points
802.11 wireless stations frequently move from one wireless AP to another within the same Extended Service Set. See why this process can be transparent or frustratingly disruptive.

Managing Wi-Fi stations
Discover the options your company has to centrally define, configure, monitor, and enforce wireless station settings.

Understanding WLAN signal strength
Learn how to predict, measure, and improve wireless LAN signal strength.

Check IT List: Managing wireless networks
Networking expert Ed Tittel shares his wisdom concerning wireless networks and how to tailor one to your SMB.

Omni directional Wi-Fi antenna
Lisa Phifer shares her wisdom about omni directional antennas.

Understanding wireless antennas - part 1
Learn how upgraded antennas can improve performance, reach and security.

Understanding wireless antennas - part 2
This tip will help you to visualize what after-market antennas can do, and how they might benefit your WLAN.

Measuring your wireless network's range
Why you should measure your wireless network's range and some tools to help.

Managing your wireless spending
Discover how to get a handle on your wireless spending.

Wireless LAN roaming
ITKnowledge Exchange member "benbje" wanted to know how to set up a wireless LAN so his client could move between access points and not lose connectivity; fellow techies jumped in on the conversation and helped out. Here is a portion of the conversation.

Chapter download

Using wireless LAN protocol analyzers (PDF)
This chapter of the book CWAP Certified Wireless Analysis Professional Official Study Guide focuses on operation of items specified by the 802.11 series of standards for the physical layer. These items will include the PLCP and PMD sublayers, management layer entities, and generic management primitives. An in-depth understanding of how the physical layer operates and how it interfaces with the MAC layer is vitally important to the analyst's understanding of information gathered by a wireless protocol analyzer.

This was first published in September 2005

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