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Becoming Mobility Certified - CWAP - January 2015




This month we will be taking a look at  the Certified Wireless Analysis Professional (CWAP) certification. With the help of CWNP and the Airheads Community members we will assist you in achieving the CWAP certification.  If you already have the CWAP cert chime in and give us a good understanding of what to key on, help us put together a study guide to assist in acheiving the certification.


The CWAP certification is a professional level wireless LAN certification for the CWNP Program. The CWAP certification will advance your career by ensuring you have the skills to successfully analyze, troubleshoot, and optimize any enterprise Wi-Fi network, no matter which brand of Wi-Fi gear your organization deploys. To earn a CWAP certification, you must hold a current and valid CWNA credential.



CWAP Exam Summary


  • Exam Number: PW0-270
  • Cost: $225.00 U.S.
  • Availability: Register at Pearson VUE
  • Duration: 105 minutes + 15 minutes for comments
  • Questions: 60
  • Question Types: Multiple choice / multiple answer
  • Passing Score: 70% (80% for Instructors)
  • Available Languages: English


The main subject areas covered by CWAP

Understanding 802.11 Medium Contention

Breakout - Packets never lie: An in-depth overview of 802.11 frames


802.11 Physical (PHY) Layer Frame Formats and Technologies

OSI Layers

Physical Medium Dependent (PMD)

PLCP Service Data Unit (PSDU)

802.11 MAC Layer Frame Formats and Technologies

OSI Layers


What is Layer 2 Mobility and how it works

MAC Service Data Unit (MSDU)

MAC ACL Synchronize

Does Aruba support Aggregated MAC Service Data Unit (A-MSDU)?


802.11 Operation and Frame Exchanges


802.11 Basics and RF Fundamentals

802.11 / RF Troubleshooting Best Practices


Spectrum Analysis and Troubleshooting

Spectrum Analysis

Electromagnetic Spectrum

Configuring spectrum monitoring

Spectrum Analyzer

Radio frequency spectrum management (RFSM)

Beginners Guide to Spectrum Analysis

Using Spectrum Analysis to Troubleshoot Wireless Problem - Mar 2014

Distributed spectrum analysis system (DSAS)

Managing and Optimizing RF Spectrum for Aruba WLANs

[VIDEO] Spectrum Analysis User Interface

Aruba Spectrum Monitor - Jan 2013

What is Background Spectrum Monitoring in Aruba Instant APs?

How to configure an IAP for Spectrum Monitor and where to analyse the results?

For the Beginner - Create a Spectrum Analysis AP-Group


Protocol Analysis and Troubleshooting

How-to: IAP wireless packet capture

For the Beginner - Packet Capture from Aruba AP


How to configure wireshark to receive packet capture from Instant AP?

How to start a packet capture on the Aruba controller

How do I enable packet capture on the controller?

Why don?t some packets, such as ACKs or CTS frames, show up in the AP raw packet capture? And how does AP packet capture work?

Debugging DHCP packets on Aruba Instant (IAP)

How to capture wireless traffic on an Instant AP?


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Re: Becoming Mobility Certified - CWAP - January 2015

Great! I´m reading the book at the moment. Will keep an eye on this thread :)

Christoffer Jacobsson | Aranya AB
Aruba Partner Ambassador
Aruba: ACMX #537 ACCP ACDP | CWNP: CWNE #306
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Re: Becoming Mobility Certified - CWAP - January 2015

I was wondering if I should attempt this after the Wireshark cert?

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