CCNP Wireless Part 2: Implementing Cisco Unified Wireless Voice Networks


This post will be about my studies and journey towards completing the Implementing Cisco Unified Wireless Voice Networks (IUWVN) exam or, as I like to call it, CCNP Wireless part 2. 

You are probably wondering what happened to “Part 1”. Well, earlier in the week, I passed Part 1, i.e. Conducting Cisco Unified Wireless Site Survey (CUWSS). One of the major points that I learned from the CUWSS exam is that there is less hands-on and more memorization than in previous exams. Memorization is something that I have never been amazing at but I manage. CUWSS was also the first certification exam that I didn’t handwrite my notes. Instead, I typed them using Evernote. I found by not handwriting notes I truly struggled with the memorization aspect of the exam. So, for this exam, I will be trying something new. I will handwrite my notes then transcribe them here. Hopefully, this will help with the memorization process and may also be helpful to others. 

As I study I will continue to update this post. With that, let us begin.

First, I like to go through the exam objectives to try to get an understanding of what I’m expected to know. For IUWVN there are 5 main objectives:

  1. Describe and Design Voice Over Wireless Architecture
  2. Implement VoWLAN
  3. Implement QoS for Wireless Applications
  4. Implement multicast over wireless
  5. Prepare the wireless network for video and high-bandwidth applications

Here is a link to the full breakdown of objectives: IUWVN Objectives

Training material that I will be using for studying;

  • Cisco Press CCNP Wireless 642-742 IUWVN Quick Reference by Jerome Henry
    • Unfortunately, Cisco Press only has a Quick Reference for the IUWVN exam. Thankfully, Jerome Henry is an excellent author who is able to cover a large amount of information while remaining very easy to read
  • Sybex CWNA Certified Wireless Network Administrator Study Guide
    • This book has been a great source of information that has, so far, helped me to pass both the CCNA: Wireless and CUWSS
  • IPExpert.com Video On Demand series.
    • I am primarily a visual learner and IPExpert does an excellent job of breaking down each exam objective into different video segments, keeping them short and easy to watch.
  • Cisco’s Voice over Wireless LAN 4.1 Design Guide
    • The recommended design guide for the current exam.
  • A small VMWare ESXI server running a  Cisco vWLC 8.1 image
    • The vWLC does have a limited feature set compared to a physical box, but it is good for getting some hands on practice.
  • An iPad, Noteshelf, and an Adonit Jot Pro
    • Hopefully, this will take the place of my pen and notebook.

Coming up Objective 1: Describe and Design Voice Over Wireless Networks

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Robert Boardman

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