Nortel Networks Introduces Wireless LAN Expert

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Due to the increasing popularity of wireless technology, the IT industry recently has seen an upsurge in the number of certification offerings in this area. Nortel Networks announced it is adding to this competitive field with the introduction of the Nortel Networks Certified Design Expert (NNCDE) – Wireless LAN certification.

NNCDE – Wireless LAN, the only expert-level certification Nortel offers without requiring participants to receive a specialist certification beforehand, has one exam: Wireless LAN (#921-461). Beta testing will begin on Sept. 13. Nortel recommends taking its WLAN Solutions System Engineering course (#6815C) and also advises participants to have a minimum of between one and three years of professional experience with WLAN solutions prior to the exam.


Nortel Networks says its WLAN solutions offer mobile networking and voice connectivity, encryption to protect the network and management for control of the wireless environment. To ensure NNCDE – Wireless LAN holders get optimal results from those solution, Nortel has made sure the exam covers products and services like Nortel Networks WLAN 2200 Series, Nortel Networks Site Survey Tool and WLAN Network Management. The exam also encompasses Nortel LAN solutions, including Stand-alone solutions, Hybrid solutions, Adaptive solutions, WLAN IP Telephony solutions and Wireless Mesh solutions.


The actual exam content is comprised of five different subjects. These include Architecture Design Considerations, which involves the identification and demonstration of an understanding of the processes, topologies, installation and/or testing requirements for planning a wireless LAN network solution (accounting for 20 percent of the questions); Wireless LAN Configuration, which entails identification of the appropriate WLAN products and services according to customer requirements (25 percent); Wireless LAN Solutions, which covers the five aforementioned Nortel solutions (23 percent); Administration, which involves demonstrating the proper method of administering and managing a wireless LAN solution using the appropriate user interfaces, tools, utilities and management systems available (10 percent); and Security Management, which entails exhibiting an understanding of the components and concepts related to security architecture within a wireless LAN solution and identifying suitable security solutions to meet customers’ needs (22 percent).


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