GigaWave expands Cisco Wireless Training

By Eric Griffith

June 25, 2002

The training company is offering new courses on security and bridging to keep WLAN managers using Cisco Aironet equipment on top of the wireless curve.

San Antonio, TX-based WLAN training service provider GigaWave Technologies has been lucky from its inception. It was founded by former Aironet Wireless product distributors who launched the company just as Cisco Systems bought Aironet in 1999.

Not long after starting to teach people how to use Aironet products, GigaWave was named a Cisco Systems Learning Partner in November 2000. Now they train Cisco employees and resellers on wireless technology in North and South America.

Their classes have included WLAN Fundamentals and Site Surveys, but as of this week the company is expanding its Aironet-specific curriculum to include security and wireless bridging.

The company's new courses include Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Security for teaching students what the standards are and how to secure the network and Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Bridging which covers a host of issues such as point-to-multipoint, point-to-point, and repeater bridge configuration; antenna selection; and configuring a bridge with the Spanning Tree protocol to prevent loops.

They'll also provide a hands-on Advanced Aironet WLAN Bridging Lab for IP pros to test it all out. The company will provide equipment and even venues for install and testing between buildings.

The three-day security training class will begin in August at GigaWave's San Antonio location, and will travel to San Jose, CA, in September; it costs $1495 per person. The two-day Essentials of Wireless Bridging, as well as the two-day advanced Lab, will begin in July in San Antonio; the Essentials class will travel to Chicago in August. They cost $1095 per person each, but can be combined as one big four-day class to save $150. There are more class details at the Web site, www.giga-wave.com.

The courses were developed by GigaWave's CEO Chris Marco and Cisco Systems' manager of technical marketing for the Wireless Networking Business Unit, Bruce Alexander.

Eric Griffith is the managing editor of 802.11 Planet.

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