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#WLPC 2020 Phoenix

Boot Camps: Sun, Feb 16 – Tues Feb 18
Main Conference: Wed, Feb 19 – Fri, Feb 21

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Choose Your Experience

You can choose between 3 days of the Main Conference or come a little earlier and make it a full 6 days with the Boot Camp add on.

Either way you’ll come away with a richer understanding of 802.11 technologies. You’ll build deeper relationships with your peers in the industry, and you’ll have a lot of fun along the way.

We really hope to see you in Phoenix in February.

Need Help Getting Approval?

You know the benefits you will get by attending #WLPC, but does your supervisor?

We have created a template letter that you can download and personalize to use when asking for approval.

A NEW HOME FOR #WLPC PHOENIX

One hotel. Room to grow. Better food. Nicer rooms.
We’re moving to the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort and we think you’re going to love it.

ONE HOTEL TO RULE THEM ALL

There is room for all. No more overflow hotel.
No more worrying if you’re going to be in the main hotel or not. 

LOTS TO DO

Go swimming in one of their many pools, or float down the lazy river. Play some tennis, basketball, or go take a hike. Relax in the spa, or go to the gym. You might even consider bringing your family. Let them play and relax while you enjoy the conference. We’re sure they’ll be fine without you.

BETTER FOOD

Beyond a better selection and variety during our conference meals, the onsite restaurants, and bars will provide you with lots of opportunities to connect with others over some great drinks and meals.

BETTER ROOMS WITH BETTER Wi-FI

Everyone gets their own suite. If you need to get some work done while at the conference you’ll have the perfect space to make that happen.

BETTER CONFERENCE SPACE

We’re excited to elevate our experience with more available space, indoors and out. We will be utilizing several “private patios” in addition to several meeting spaces. 

WE DIDN'T FORGET THE FOOD TRUCKS

Our first night together we’re bringing back the food trucks. Get ready for a fun night reconnecting with the community.

We’ll have a cash bar, and food trucks available to buy some unique, local dishes, and more.

MORE EXTRA ACTIVITES

We’re working together with the community to provide even more opportunities for some fun activities.

There’s an actual space for a yoga class.

Who wants to host a hiking/running group?

We’ll bring back the Game Room.

Have an idea for a great community event?

The Votes Are In...

What Class Will You Choose? 

We’ve tallied the votes from all the different Boot Camps, Deep Dives, and Presentations that were submitted by the community and below are the final results.

Remember, you can only attend one Boot Camp (if you select that option) and one Deep Dive (open to everyone) so, be sure to register right away on December 15th to secure your spot in the class of your choice.

Boot Camps

ECSE - Troubleshooting | Eddie Forero

Instructor: Eddie Forero


Includes: WLAN Pi handheld as well as laminated cards, and a 100+ Page color-printed lab guide

ECSE Troubleshooting boot camp offers many hands-on labs and real-world learning. The ECSE Troubleshooting is exactly what it sounds like: an ECSE course that focuses on troubleshooting Wi-Fi.

It will cover every aspect of the troubleshooting process, including investigating, measuring, validating, analyzing, interrogating, and managing. There’s even a lab about how to ask the right questions, so you can learn how to quickly and efficiently get the right information to solve the problem.

On the purely technical side, the ECSE Troubleshooting will cover all of the places where things can go wrong on the network, ranging from the captive portal (ugh) to the Wi-Fi client device (and everything in-between).

ECSE - Advanced | Blake Krone

Instructor: Blake Krone


Includes: Sidekick labs, workflow optimization, ESS file hacking, Report templates

***Requirements to Attend: ECSE is required to attend this boot camp and will be verified.

In this boot camp we will go deeper in areas not covered in the base ECSE and introduce you to the Ekahau Sidekick. Students will get hands on time with the new Ekahau Sidekick to understand new survey methodologies and how to get the most out of the technology.

We’ll run through some advanced troubleshooting labs with the Sidekick as well to see the improvements in the RTFM.

Once you have all this data in Ekahau you need to get it out of the program and into your customers or managements hands so we will develop custom report templates for each of your organizations. We’ll take a look at all the various report templates tags available to you from Ekahau and how to use them in a report template to build an amazing report in no time.

Finally we’ll take a look at how you can work with scripting and the Ekahau project files to do things that you can’t in the UI but you need to for efficiencies and fixing things in the file like AP Names, BSSID collapsing, and more.

ECSE - Design | Ferney Muñoz

Instructor: Ferney Muñoz


Includes: Student course materials

The Ekahau Certified Survey Engineer (ECSE) course provides instructor-led classroom lectures and intensive hands-on labs on all aspects of Wi-Fi life cycle management.

This includes:

  • Wireless LAN and radio frequency (RF) fundamentals
  • Predictive designs
  • Pre- and post-deployment site surveys
  • Troubleshooting of Wi-Fi issues
  • Spectrum (interference) analysis
  • Reporting
WLAN Pen Testing | Phil Morgan

Instructor: Phil Morgan


Kali Linux is the go-to operating system for the would-be Pentester/Hacker. It is a great platform to also learn Linux, as many tools and features are pre-installed. This is the same Bootcamp we offered in WLPC USA, but it is now bigger, better and updated fresh from Black Hat/DEFCON 2019. This Bootcamp will be updated to the latest attacks and hacks available.

In this Bootcamp, we will introduce the student to Kali Linux and Wireless Pentesting, starting from scratch, moving through basic wireless attacks, right up to advanced wireless attacks. The student will learn about security Pentesting and Hacking wireless networks. Students will be given a working Kali Linux platform to use and take with them, they will also be shown how to build their own platform. We will discuss tools in Kali Linux designed for wireless that can be used to test network security and that can be used for defense. This is intended to be a Pentesting class for those interested in wireless and cybersecurity. This class is the all-in-one class that you have been looking for, to learn about CyberSecurity and Wireless. This class will be heavily hands-on focused, as well as providing appropriate theoretical material.

CWNA level wireless knowledge is assumed, but no security or other wireless experience is necessary for class attendees.

New for 2020:
Updates from hacking conferences 2019, using the latest tools.
Also brand new in 2020: BlueTooth and BLE Pentesting and hacking.

ENWLSD Designing Cisco Enterprise Wireless Networks | Chris Avants

Instructor: Chris Avants


The Designing Cisco Enterprise Wireless Networks (ENWLSD) v1.0 course gives you the knowledge you need to design Cisco® wireless networks.

The course covers design specifics from scenario design concepts through the installation phase and into post-deployment validation.

This course helps prepare you to take the exam, Designing Cisco Enterprise Wireless Networks (300-425 ENWLSD), which leads to the new CCNP® Enterprise and Cisco Certified Specialist – Enterprise Wireless Design certifications.

WITSHOOT Troubleshooting Cisco Wireless Enterprise Networks| Rasika Nayanajith

Instructor: Rasika Nayanajith


Troubleshooting Cisco Wireless Enterprise Networks (WITSHOOT) v1.1course provides network professionals with the knowledge of troubleshooting and optimizing Enterprise wireless infrastructure and related services plus the tools and methodologies needed to identify and resolve client connectivity, performance, and RF issues.

It prepares you to take exam WITSHOOT 300-370 which is one module of CCNP Wireless certification.

Upon completion of the course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Troubleshoot Methodology
  • Troubleshoot AP Joining Issues
  • Troubleshoot Client Connectivity Issues
  • Identify and Locate RF Interferences
  • Troubleshoot Client Performance Issues
  • Identify Common Wired Infrastructure Issues Based on the Output From Common Troubleshooting Tools
  • Troubleshoot WLC and AP High Availability Issues
Python For WLAN Pros | Jake Snyder & Ryan Adzima

Instructors: Jake Snyder & Ryan Adzima


In this course, we will go through the process of building a Python environment on the end-users laptop which will be used throughout the rest of the course and beyond.

Then there will be an introduction to the Python language, with programming challenges to demonstrate these concepts. Followed by real networking examples using Python to collect data from Networks for planning, deploying and troubleshooting of networks.  

We will be leveraging SSH libraries and REST APIs to interact with wireless systems.

CWAP® - Certified Wireless Analysis Professional | Peter Mackenzie

Instructor: Peter Mackenzie


Includes: Study Guide, Practice Test, Exam Voucher The main subject areas covered by CWAP

  • 802.11 Physical (PHY) Layer Frame Formats and Technologies
  • 802.11 MAC Layer Frame Formats and Technologies
  • 802.11 Operation and Frame Exchanges
  • Spectrum Analysis and Troubleshooting
  • Protocol Analysis and Troubleshooting
CWNA® - Certified Wireless Network Administrator | GT Hill

Instructor: GT Hill


Includes: Study Guide, Practice Test, Exam Voucher
Additional Details:
Main Areas Covered by CWNA:
– Radio Frequency (RF) Technologies
– Antenna Concepts
– Wireless LAN Hardware and Software
– Network Design, Installation, and Management
– Wireless Standards and Organizations
– 802.11 Network Architecture
– Wireless LAN Security
– Troubleshooting
– How to Perform Site Surveys

CWDP® - Certified Wireless Design Professional | Devin Akin

Instructor: Devin Akin


Includes: Study Guide, Practice Test, Exam Voucher

Do you have the skills to design an Enterprise network? Do you understand the architectures and protocols of a WLAN? Can you conduct a thorough site survey, design end-to-end security and validate your designed network? Well, now is your chance to prove it, and in turn, earn a Certified Wireless Design Professional (CWDP) certification.

The CWDP is highly respected within the IT industry and CWDP-certified candidates hold a significant advantage in terms of career and salary advancement.

CWSP® - Certified Wireless Security Professional | Tom Carpenter

Instructor: Tom Carpenter


Includes: Study Guide, Practice Test, Exam Voucher

Do you know how to assess the vulnerability of a network and help prevent attacks before they happen? Do you know how to perform WLAN security audits and implement compliance monitoring solutions? Do you have experience setting up Wireless Intrusion Prevention Systems (WISPS)?

Today’s wireless network security professionals need to have a deep understanding of the latest software, tools, trends, and technologies available. Security professionals are often counted on to advise on security policies (i.e. password and acceptable use). Plus, these experts are responsible for configuring an entire network’s Security Design and Architecture.

Deep Dives

WLAN Pen Testing Deep Dive | Phil Morgan

Instructor: Phil Morgan


Kali Linux is the go-to operating system for the would be Pentester/Hacker. It is a great platform to also learn Linux, as many tools and features are pre-installed.

In this Deep Dive, we will introduce the student to Kali Linux and Wireless Pentesting. Attendees will be given a working Kali Linux platform to use and take away with them. We will discuss tools in Kali Linux designed for wireless that can be used to test network security and that can be used for defense. This is intended to be a Pentesting session using tools within Kali Linux for those interested in wireless and cybersecurity.

This session will focus on using tools that can be used simply and quickly to get you up-and-running fast. The goal of this Deep Dive is to expose the attendees to Kali Linux, and for them to leave with a platform and sufficient skills to start Pentesting in the real-world. The aim is to give the attendee a skill set that they can build on. This class will be focused on hands-on, with actual labs, as well as providing appropriate theoretical material.

CWNA level wireless knowledge is assumed, but no security or other wireless experience is necessary for class attendees.

New for 2020:
Updates from hacking conferences 2019, using the latest tools.
Also brand new in 2020: BlueTooth and BLE Pentesting and hacking.

Wireshark | Eddie Forero

Instructor: Eddie Forero


Includes: WLAN Pi handheld 

Learn how to configure and use Wireshark for wireless packet capture. Includes a Wireless NIC that works for promiscuous mode captures even on Windows computers.

We will work through hands-on lab exercises to configure, control, and colorize the Wireshark interface. Then learn to set display filters to view and analyze 802.11 packet captures. We will also spend some time learning and practicing with I/O graphs.

If you’ve been afraid of using Wireshark, now’s your chance to get over those fears!

802.11ax OFDMA | John Kilpatrick

Instructor: John Kilpatrick


OFDMA is the biggest change to the Wi-Fi air interface in quite some time, so why not take a closer look?

We’ll spend some time reviewing how it’s supposed to work, and then spend some time getting familiar with my favorite 802.11ax client, the Jetson Nano.

Once we’re ready we will use our fleet of clients to take a look at what actually happens over the air, including taking packet captures and looking at spectrum analysis while conducting stress tests in various configurations.

Students will come away with a deeper knowledge of what OFDMA looks like in the real world and a Jetson Nano to do testing and captures on their own.

Wi-Fi Hacking | Dr. Avril Salter and Alex Hammer

 

Instructors: Avril Salter and Alex Hammer


Wi-Fi extends the perimeter of a supposedly-secure corporate network to sidewalks, parking lots, and trendy coffee shops. But many Wi-Fi professionals don’t know how Wi-Fi is simultaneously both easy and difficult to attack.

To understand this duality, it is essential to get hands-on time attacking all kinds of networks. You need to see both success and failure, both self-inflicted and environmental, to fully understand how to compromise Wi-Fi networks. 

What you’ll be seeing in this workshop is:

  • Determining your desired result of the attack 
  • Reconnoitering Wi-Fi networks and RF spectrum 
  • Identifying and prioritizing network and station targets 
  • Determining the best attack type for identified targets 
  • Hacking the target while avoiding detection

This workshop will be delivered by 2 people: Alex Hammer, Hacker, and Avril Salter, Wi-Fi architect.

Building a better WLAN Mousetrap | Ryan Adzima

Instructor: Ryan Adzima


Hello

Have you been overwhelmed by the slew of almost-good-enough, uni-tasking tools required to run a modern wireless network?

Spent loads of time and stacks of money learning how to use them and they still don’t quite do exactly what you need? Resigned to the fact that no one can meet your needs and settled?

Getting a tool to do exactly what you need when you need it, is within your budget doesn’t have to be an impossible task. Let’s dig into what it takes to customize off-the-shelf tools to finally give you the solution to help you get your wireless network purring.

Managing MDM | Dan Jones

Instructor: Dan Jones


 

Includes: Tablet, JAMF Now (unlimited license).

Learn how to deploy mobile devices (in this session we’ll focus on Apple but the skills transfer to android) in a business environment. Whether it’s corporate-owned or BYOD we’ll look at what you can do to ensure users can access what they need without compromising security or data integrity.

We’ll look at how to set up an MDM for ‘zero-touch’ enrolment so you can pull a device out of the box and it have everything already provisioned (using DEP, VPP, and ABM). Email accounts, restrictions, certificates, apps, documents – everything.

We’ll also look at the newest way to enroll a personal device, user enrolment, which allows a personal device to receive company data and apps without the company seeing any personal information from that device. Perfect for BYOD scenarios.

We’ll need something to test it on, so the course will include a tablet that you’ll provision using your own MDM server. The server has 3 free lifetime licenses so you can add your other devices too.

Non-Wi-Fi RF for the Wi-Fi Engineer | Scott McDermott

Instructor: Scott McDermott


A survey of non-WiFi radio solutions that are often found in our RF environments. Set up a receiver for satellite broadcasts. Get hands-on time with LoRa and Zigbee devices. Maybe even try out some private LTE using CBRS. Learn to recognize them in your spectrum analyzer and capture their frames.

While trying out these technologies we’ll talk about how they interact with Wi-Fi networks.

Advanced Packet Analysis| Rasika Nayanajith

Instructor: Rasika Nayanajith


Ready to take on advanced Wireless Analysis and Troubleshooting, and want to get that real-world experience to set yourself apart?

Experience a dozen hands-on exercises to capture and troubleshoot modern 802.11 protocols.

Students receive a student kit with a new Wireless Workbook, and additional rack access tokens for use even after the workshop.

The Lab Workbook for Wireless Analysis & CWAP Students by WiFi Training is extensive with over 50 exercises on the latest WLAN technology including OFDMA / WPA3, students will focus on a select portion of the labs in the workshop and will have to complete the remaining labs in their own time.

The workbook is too extensive to be completed in the time available. The Wireless range @ WiFi Training gives you hand’s on access to a suite of professional tools for wireless planning, packet capture/analysis, and troubleshooting from some of the industry’s top vendors like NetAlly, Metageek, Ekahau, Cisco, and much, much, more.

Looking to learn Wireless Protocol analysis with open-source tools? We cover some of that too. The skills gained from these exercises are the biggest take-aways, so no matter what vendor solutions or WLAN tools you use, you will be ready for anything WiFi throws at you.

 

Student kits will include

  • Printed & Signed Lab Workbook for Wireless Analysis & CWAP Professionals
  • Access to the Wireless Range during the workshop
  • 24Hrs Lab Access Tokens to schedule in free time (scheduled in 4hr increments)
WLAN Pi Project | Jerry Olla

Instructors: Jerry Olla


Includes your own WLAN Pi handheld device – hours of hands-on labs analyzing Wi-Fi traffic, testing network performance, and assessing Wi-Fi device capabilities.

The WLAN Pi is a versatile tool that has been developed by contributions from the Wi-Fi community. It is built with wireless professionals in mind and has been pre-loaded with multiple tools to assist wireless professionals in analyzing and troubleshooting Wi-Fi network issues.

Antennas 101 | Jim Palmer

Instructor: Jim Palmer


This is a 5 hour deep dive designed to give the attendee the knowledge and background to fully understand what an antenna is, how antennas are designed, and the myriad of ways they can be deployed incorrectly, causing the system as a whole to underperform. 

At the end of this deep dive an attendee will know the terminology used in external antennas, understand what resonance and VSWR is and how it impacts an antenna system. Understand and know how to use an inline watt meter to check for resonance and VSWR, build a simple Omni-directional antenna as well as understand how this applies to the “complex” antennas used in Wi-Fi today.

Each attendee will receive the following to take home and keep experimenting with antennas:

  • Handheld 2 Way Radio
  • Foldable travel version of a J-Pole antenna
  • Inline watt meter to measure VSWR, forward and reflected power
  • All the coax needed to get on the air
  • Some additional antenna goodies just for good measure!
Machine Learning | Bob Friday

Instructor: Bob Friday


More and more businesses are putting critical services on their wireless networks requiring wireless IT administrators to move from a paradigm of managing access points to one of managing the end to end internet connectivity experience for employees and devices.

This paradigm shift is requiring wireless administrators to gather data from more network elements. With the soaring amount of data and network complexity, the industry is starting to leverage AI/ML tools to help process this data to answer troubleshoot end to end connectivity problems.

In this session, attendees will learn the basics of the different machine learning models and how they can be used to solve Wi-Fi connectivity problems. It will also cover how anyone in the audience can become a data scientist over the weekend by loading Python and Jupyter notebook and leveraging data sets on the internet to train an ML model to solve a real-world problem

CAD for WLAN Pros | Nathan York

Instructor: Nathan York


Have you ever received a floorplan in excel, or even better a hand-drawn one? Would you like to learn how to create your own drawing to use for wireless modeling?

In this Deep Dive, we will learn how to measure a building accurately enough for a wireless design. We will then learn how to transfer those measurements into a scaled drawing. Building on the skillset needed to draw a building we will also cover how to modify out of date or cluttered drawings.

The deep dive will include a hands-on lab where we apply the acquired knowledge to create a drawing.

Included with the deep dive is a laser distance meter & subscription to CAD software.

Ekahau Custom Report Templates | Nick Turner

Instructor: Nick Turner


Get closer and more personal with Ekahau Custom Report Templates.

This Deep Dive will cover the basics of JSON and a few basic programming concepts required to construct Ekahau custom report templates.

Within Microsoft Word, we will cover formatting, text styles, tables (you know, the really, really exciting stuff…), figure numbers and naturally Ekahau Pro will feature pretty heavily during the course.

By the end of the Deep Dive you will be able to create report templates from scratch (if that’s what you want to do), modify existing templates (such as the One-Click-Report Template) to meet your requirements and generally approach custom report templates with more confidence.

3D Printing | Robert Boardman

Instructor: Robert Boardman


Curious about 3D printing? Want to know what 3D printing has to do with Wi-Fi? This is the deep Dive for you.

You will not only learn how to 3D print on your very own Prusa Mini 3D printer, but we will be diving into how you can use 3D printing for practical applications.

Soldering | Joel Crane

Instructor: Joel Crane


Have you ever wished that you had the tools and skills to solder electronics? In this Deep Dive, you’ll be equipped with all of the tools and training that you need to perform most through-hole soldering projects as well as basic surface-mount soldering. By the end of the course, you’ll have soldered your very own Packet Potato, a unique electronic conference badge with a Wi-Fi chipset!

Warning: Magnifying tools will be included, but steady hands and good eyesight are recommended.

Includes:

  • Hakko 888-D Digital Soldering Station
  • Soldering Tools (PCB stand, tweezers, flush-cutters, etc)
  • Soldering Supplies (Desoldering braid, solder, etc)
  • Fluke Digital Multi-Meter
  • Surface-Mount and Through-Hole practice boards
  • Packet Potato Kit to Solder, Test, and Wear at The Conference!
CBRS Certified Professional Installer (CPI) Training and Certification | Andrew Von Nagy

 

Instructor: Andrew Von Nagy 


Responsible for installing CBRS networks?

This session provides wireless professionals with all the information needed to become a Certified Professional Installer in accordance with the FCC rules for CBRS deployments.

This session will allow professionals to perform CBRS installation, on any SAS, with any CBSD radio device.

55-Minute Talks

802.11ax Lessons Learned

Wi-Fi 6 is very real, well, parts of it anyway. We have APs and a few clients have started to hit the market. This session will take a look at which Wi-Fi 6 features work, which do not and what it will take to see the full promise of the tech.

Multicast on WLAN

I work for a Wireless Communications vendor that uses multicast as an integral part of the product. This talk will discuss the settings you need on your Wireless and Wired network to ensure you have a successful Voice experience.

If time permits we will discuss troubleshooting steps to help isolate the causes of “No audio” during a multicast session. I have been troubleshooting multicast issues for years and would love the opportunity to share what I have learned.

DFS – The Untold Story

The rules for 802.11 radios to transmit on the DFS channels might vary by region; however, the goal is to avoid inference with radar. Many radar systems are protected by DFS regulations, including radar on boats, weather radar, and military radar. As a result, many enterprise WLANs never even deploy the DFS channels.

This presentation will discuss how DFS actually works and why you should not afraid of the technology. Learn how the Wi-Fi vendors handle DFS channel switch announcements (CSAs) differently. What is the real deal with Zero-Wait DFS, off-channel CAC time, in-service monitoring and more?

WLAN Analysis Tricks

Learn some protocol analysis tricks from the Wi-Fi magician himself

30-Minute Talks

Top 5 Security Concepts for WLAN Pros

A dive into the key areas every Wi-Fi Pro and CWSP should know, plus a look at today’s emerging security advancements such as elliptic curve crypto (ECC) and how it impacts wireless. Topics cover both conceptual knowledge and real-world tips and tricks learned from scores of deployments in various environments, including deploying 802.1X, configuring RADIUS and EAP methods, PKI and certificates overview, security monitoring in Wi-Fi, and an obligatory but brief touchpoint on Wi-Fi 6’s security enhancements.

1. 802.1X, RADIUS and EAP
2. Certificates and PKI
3. Advantage of ECC in Wi-Fi
4. Security Monitoring
5. Wi-Fi 6 security enhancement

Security Orr Obscurity

This is expected to be a technical deep dive on all things WPA3 as well as ancillary, historical, and future aspects of related security technologies. You should expect to bring your Wi-Fi Security A-Game to this session to gain insights on the deeply technical components, the practical ramifications, and the general implications of the industry-wide adoption of WPA3.

Wi-Fi/CBRS/Private LTE/5G – Better Together?

The world is increasingly becoming more mobile and governmental spectrum regulatory bodies are exploring more ways to efficiently use spectrum. Unlicensed spectrum and Wi-Fi have been a major success and governments are opening up more unlicensed spectrum. In addition to unlicensed spectrum, governments are exploring sharing spectrum through databases.

In this presentation, attendees will learn the basics of how CBRS (Private LTE ) running on shared spectrum works and how CBRS compares to Wi-Fi. Is CBRS the next Wi-Fi or just another RF band for cellular LTE. Additionally, this session will take a look at 5G and how the outdoor cellular and indoor Wi-Fi mobile experience are converging.

10 Epic Fails of Location Tracking

I’ve been involved with Wi-Fi location services since 2001, including dozens of failed RTLS projects. Here are the key findings. If this presentation makes it, we’ll also create an infographic out of this to share for free.

Real-World Frustrations of Consumer Gadgets on WLAN

Will show a number of examples of popular consumer gadgets and how they fit- or don’t- in enterprise WLAN environments and the challenges of trying to manage this growing problem on a large wireless network.

Wi-Fi AirTime Calculator

The WiFi AirTime Calculator and how we can use it to calculate throughput for both OFDM and OFDMA-systems.
And a short brief on how the calculator is put together.

Amazing Wireless: Ten Astounding Wireless Solutions that Have Nothing to Do with User Access

In this talk, you will learn about several applications of wireless solutions that do not provide user access but use the same technologies in creative ways.

Learn ten cool concepts for your user access networks from these non-access deployments.

Practical Front Line Automation for IT

Helpdesk teams are in the trenches day in and day out answering tickets, reinstalling drivers, and telling users that “no, the internet is not down.”

In the age of the API, wireless network administrators and engineers can finally use the data and tools at their disposal to aggregate, distill, and deliver meaningful and actionable information allowing those on the front to proactively manage user issues and automate the network.

IPv6 For Wireless Engineers

An updated/refresh to my previous presentation on IPv6 fundamentals and the implications for wireless engineers.

The complexities of designing Wi-Fi for higher education

Designing stable and reliable wifi for unusual locations such as buildings with historical value, warehouses full of students taking their exams, auditoriums, laboratories, hospitals, gyms, and every environment in between. Planning for the unknown, for every device and all within a budget.

Predictive Surveys Really Do Matter

Predictive designs are continually debated in the community. Should we or should we not? We will visit where we started with designs in the past and why predictive designs are important and at least one way in which to use it to speed up on-site surveys and still deliver a quality design.

Why Wi-Fi and 5G are Competitive Technologies

A Deep Dive Technical Comparison of 5G and Wi-Fi.
The common positioning by vendors and service providers is that 5G and Wi-Fi are complementary and do not compete.

In this session, Dr. Avril Salter will do a side-by-side comparison of the 5G and .11ax physical layers. Frequency bands, carrier bandwidth, subcarrier spacing, cyclic prefix, resource blocks/units, MU-MIMO, etc.. will be compared and contrasted. She will conclude with a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of 5G over Wi-Fi.

Maybe the audience will draw the same conclusion as Dr. Salter: these technologies do indeed compete.

The Human Impact of the Wi-Fi Community

I’ll be taking an introspective look at the impact that the Wi-Fi Community has on us. As Wi-Fi Professionals, it’s sometimes easy to forget that the things we do have real-world ramifications – that regularly go beyond the technological life improvement impact.

I’ll discuss the good, the bad, and how we as humans manage things like information intake – as well as my own personal kickstart into the industry.

Ultra Wide Band (UWB) and You

Apple has changed the game with UWB client support in the iPhone 11. So what does the technology do, and how does it relate to other 802.15.4 protocols and wireless solutions? Here’s what you need to know!

TEN Talks

Writing to Advance your Wi-Fi Career

Hone your writing skills to boost your Wi-Fi knowledge, advance your WLAN career and share the knowledge with others. Writing will increase your brand and visibility within the Wi-Fi community. Not only will your work educate others, but you will learn a few things along the way as well!

The Business of the Wi-Fi Consulting Business

I’ll present actual outrageous contract clauses presented to me from some of my consulting prospects, clauses that could ruin your wifi consulting business. (of course, their real ID will be redacted).

Topics include:

  • Best practices to embrace in a consulting relationship.
  • Expense reports: when to refuse to submit them.
  • When to walk & run away from their terms & conditions.
  • Traits of a good company to contract with.
  • Warning signs of a company with poor contracting practices.
  • Bonus horror story: Learn from my biggest mistake: the worst business, worst financial, and worst personal decision I ever made, were all the same business decision.

802.11be in an 802.11ax Era

Now that 802.11ax is ratified, we are going to look into the next new amendment, 802.11be. What are the interesting features that will come with 802.11be?

iBwave, WiFi 6, CBRS, and More

With WiFi 6 here, CBRS quickly arriving, and some other fun stuff we’ve been working on, we want to give you a preview of what you can expect to see from us in the coming year to support you in the Enterprise wireless space.

WiFi Design vs. CBRS/ Private LTE:

If You are Used to Doing WiFi Designs, Here’s How To do CBRS and Private LTE as Well 

With the emergence of Private LTE/CBRS in the Enterprise, and WiFi Designers the best positioned to take on the design of these new types of networks, it’s time to start looking at how you as WiFi Designers, can easily make the transition.

This talk will look at WiFi Designs vs. CBRS/Private LTE designs and give you the knowledge you need to get started designing these new types of networks.

Securing the World’s Most Dangerous Wi-Fi Network

Running a large conference network is difficult in any environment but did you ever want to know what it’s like at the world’s longest-running and largest underground hacking conference?

In this talk, we will discuss the challenges (both typical and unique to a giant hacker con) we face at DEF CON, how we’ve been able to overcome them, and some of the places we’ve failed. Seeing as this is WLPC we will highlight the wireless (noise/neighbors/interferers/ etc) and security (de-auth/honeypots/ authentication/etc) concerns that plague us every year.

We’ll fill you in on the infrastructure we used at DC27 and discuss what’s “off the shelf” along with what pieces are custom built.

Lastly, we’ll go over where we want to be next year with the latest in WiFi technology and security on the horizon. As always keep your planck unit at 1, your default answer “it depends”, and HACK THE PLANET!

Analyzing Apple Wireless Direct Link

Used by over one billion devices, the Apple Wireless Direct Link protocol was developed as a successor to Wi-Fi IBSS to allow clients to communicate with each other without operating in infrastructure mode and integrating Bluetooth Low Energy.

Live demonstrations with spectrum and protocol analysis will give the audience a better understanding of this technology.

IPv6 for Wireless Engineers

IPv6 currently represents more than a quarter of the traffic on the Internet. In this talk we will review elements of the IPv6, such as client support for various IPv6 protocols, that will help a wireless engineer successfully deploy IPv6.

iPerf2 vs. iPerf3

iPerf is a free, open-source tool that is used by wireless engineers to stress test and troubleshoot networks. Although iPerf3 is the newest version, iPerf2 has not been abandoned or deprecated. Both versions are under parallel development and can be used today, for different scenarios.

They have some subtle but important differences in their implementation and feature sets that all wireless engineers should be aware of.

In this presentation, we’ll cover the basics of iPerf and, more importantly, the differences between the two versions.

Don’t get played. Get paid.

Ever wondered how much your skills are worth? Ever found out a co-worker made more than you for doing the same job? Wondering if it’s time to find a new gig?

Learn how to calculate the correct range, negotiate with potential employers, and how long you should stick around before asking for a raise or moving on.

Financial Freedom for IT Professionals

Are you where you want to be financially? Are you making and saving what you should? IT Professionals are the rockstars of our time, yet so many out there struggle to get ahead financially.

Learn some of the reasons you may be failing to achieve your financial goals and quick steps you can take to change your financial stars.

Trials and Tribulations of Event Wi-Fi

In this presentation, we will discuss the upfront planning, design and logistical challenges of standing up a temporary Very High-Density WiFi network to support 10’s of thousands of uber tech geeks at Cisco Live.

One Metric to Rule Them All

What’s the most important indicator of overall success in a WiFi deployment? I say it all boils down to one ultimate metric. What is it? How do you measure it? How do you consistently deliver it? “It Depends.”

Leveraging Artificial Intelligence in WiFi Design and Operations

The recent rapid development of AI techniques and tools have benefited many industries, including communications and especially the development of wireless networks.

As WiFi networks are becoming more mission-critical and demand for high availability is increasing, AI can be leveraged to make the design, deployment, and operations of professional WiFi networks more effective.

We will present examples of use cases utilizing AI, such as:

  • using Convolutional Neural Networks for automated floor planning
  • utilizing AR for faster and more accurate site surveys
  • leveraging anomaly detection for discovering abnormal network and service behavior

Framework for Translating Business Requirements into Technical Requirements

This session will present a framework for collecting WLAN business requirements from customers and users. The vague and often contradicting requirements will be mapped to a set of technical requirements that can be used to both design to and validated against – two important yardsticks for successful WLAN deployments and for getting paid.

CBRS Private LTE Network Planning Demonstration

Celona will detail what is required to plan for a CBRS private LTE network and demonstrate a free tool that can be used to start planning CBRS networks today! Included will be a discussion of physical location, SAS spectrum availability, coverage area requirements, and capacity requirements.

Evening Sessions

Every year, after the main conference events of the day, we open up the conference facilites for different groups, vendors, etc, to host extra classes, demonstrations, and fun events. Keep checking back to see what Evening Sessions have been included for this year’s event.
Are you interested in hosting an Evening Session? Please contact matthew@wlanpros.com to get the details and submit your idea.

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CBRS Private LTE Hands-On Deployment and Testing

Join Celona for our evening session where you can get hands-on experience deploying a CBRS private LTE network from scratch, including bringing up a packet core and radio access network. The session will also include a plugfest, where participants will join CBRS capable devices to the network and perform live RF testing with our staff.

More To Come

As we get closer to #WLPC 2020 Phoenix be sure to keep checking back here for new updates and details.

Have questions or need help? Feel free to reach out to Matthew directly – matthew@wlanpros.com