Wi-Fi For Beginners Podcast - January 2016.
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FREE…Yes, FREE High Quality CWTS Online Training

Hello and welcome to the March 2016 edition of the Wi-Fi For Beginners Podcast newsletter.

In this month's edition of the newsletter there is so much exciting news to share, it's difficult to know where to start. There's exciting news of some high quality, free (for a limited time) training for the CWNP "Certified Wireless Technical Specialist" certification. We also have details of how you can see full recordings of the recent 'Wireless Lan Professionals Conference', which is (in my opinion) THE premiere Wi-Fi related conference in the tech conference season calendar. Finally, I've also been lucky enough to get an invite to the 'Mobility Field Day #1' in April 2016!

Free Certified Wireless Techincal Specialist (CWTS) Training <--- *** FREE ***

As you probably know, I’m a huge advocate of the CWNP series of vendor neutral wireless LAN certifications. The subject content of the CWNP certifications is second to none in the industry, with the emphasis on core WLAN knowledge that is applicable across all WLAN vendors. They are a great way to enhance and demonstrate your knowledge of Wi-Fi technology.

The first step on the ladder of your journey to WLAN mastery is to start with the Certified Wireless Technical Specialist (CWTS) certification. The CWTS certification is great way to demonstrate that you have a firm understanding of the basics of Wi-Fi networking. Generally, there are a number of study routes to obtain your CWTS exam including: self-study with the CWTS study guide book, online eLearning or classroom-based training.

All of these methods have varying costs associated, varying from a few tens of dollars when considering the study guide option, up to perhaps a 4 figure sum when considering a class-based course. Imagine if there was a way you could access high quality, free eLearning to study for your CWTS cert? There'd be no need to struggle through a heavy text book day after day, and no need to lose time from work and incur the expense of travel to attend a class-based course.

Sounds too good to be true...? Yeah, I thought that too. But, for a very limited time, Devin Akin over at the 'How Wireless Works' web site is offering a complete, high quality CWTS course for zero cost! Just sign up on the web site and you will get access to a professional eLearning course that covers the entire CWTS syllabus. Devin is a veteran of the industry and a master trainer, so this is definitely not to be missed. 

Trust me, if you are looking to get on the wireless certification ladder and would like to get a CWTS certification, sign up and take this course whilst it is available for free - you will really regret missing this opportunity once this becomes a paid-for course in the near future. I doubt I will bring you many better opportunities than this, ever, in my newsletter - please don't miss out. Visit the site and sign up today:

(This isn’t any sort of paid promotion, it really is a great opportunity to get hours of quality, in-depth on-line training so that you can study for the CWTS cert)

Wireless LAN Professional Conference Videos

In February this year, many of the leading lights of the online WLAN community gathered in Phoenix, Arizona for the Wireless LAN Professionals (WLPC) conference. The event was a feast of talks and presentations around a wide spectrum of WLAN and Mobility topics. The event is second to none in terms of the quality and depth of material covered around WLAN networking. It's also completely vendor neutral, as it has no vendor sponsorship. It's  conference by WLAN professionals, for WLAN professionals, and attracts some of the most technically knowledgeable WLAN speakers around.

Unfortunately, if you didn’t get along to Phoenix for the conference, you missed out on access to a wealth of the latest and greatest WLAN-related information…or did you?

Amazingly, the organiser of the event, Keith Parsons, makes high quality video recordings of all WLPC sessions available for anyone to view for FREE. It’s incredible that Keith makes this superb repository of material available for free. Attending the event itself would cost you a  reasonable sum of money including travel and conference costs, but you can see the same material as the delegates who attended, but for zero cost! Check out the incredible video archive of all sessions from WLPC2016 at Keith’s site :

Just to get you started, here are some sessions you definitely need to check out from the archive: There are many hours of full-length, in-depth presentation sessions, together with shorter, snappier 10 minute “Ten Talks” which you will find entertaining, interesting and educational. If you enjoy the sessions, maybe consider attending the event yourself next year and meet up with a fantastic crowd of like-minded WLAN professionals:
Mobility Field Day #1

The Tech Field Day organisation runs a series of year-round events covering a whole range of IT and communications based technologies. Each event has a focus on a particular area of technology. The events bring together a number for product vendors, together with a panel of vendor-neutral techies. The event allows vendors to present a number of sessions to the panel, talking about interesting areas of their particular technology niche and their latest product innovations. The panel have the opportunity to engage with the vendors, providing feedback and questions in an interactive session between the vendors and panel.These sessions are fascinating to watch and are very illuminating in terms of understanding the latest trends in the industry

All sessions are streamed live during the event and are also available after the event for anyone who is interested in catching up with the sessions.

The content is an invaluable source of detailed, engaging technical information, providing a finger on the pulse of developments in the IT industry.

Tech Field Day has had a series of WLAN events, called Wireless Field Day (WFD), for the past few years. However, WFD has now evolved by widening its scope to encompass technologies related to WLANs that are now expected as part of an overall mobility solution. The event has been re-named to "Mobility Field Day” (MFD) to reflect its new, enhanced scope.

In April the first incarnation of the MFD event will take place in Silicon Valley with the launch of Mobility Field Day #1, which runs between April 13th-15th.

I have been very fortunate to have been invited to be one of the panel delegates for MFD#1, You will be able to see me together with 9 other delegates on the live feed during the event, engaging in discussions with the presenting vendors. Make sure you tune-in to see some superb content and find out the direction in which the  WLAN and Mobility segment is moving.

This is a very exciting opportunity for me - I’m honoured to have been invited to take part. Please put the date in your diary and make sure you tune in on the live stream! If you tweet me during the event, I may even ask your question!

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