Rachael Cilauro

Mark Morgan

Principal Consultant, SpectroTech


There's no questioning that technology has changed how students are learning. It has also changed how teachers are teaching. The revolution in learning is evident from K-12 to higher education, tertiary, workplace learning, and VET / RTO's, where technology has become a major factor in how students and staff perform.

We've witnessed the introduction of 1-to-1 programs, BYOD and BYOT, and a mix of student, staff and guest access requirements to now cater for. Add to this the challenges of supporting so many differing types of client devices, the growing demands of applications ranging from data, to video, and voice; and all within a shared, half-duplex medium. Wireless technology is not only pervasive, but it has also entrenched itself in the way we do things.

This masterclass will help you examine how to keep on top of performance, whilst ensuring that wireless networking infrastructure can keep up with the growing demands and expectations that are so critical to delivering success for educational institutions.


Who Should Attend?

  • IT and Network Managers
  • IT, Network and System Administrators
  • IT and Network Support Personnel
  • IT and Network Consultants
  • IT Network and Security Engineers
  • ICT Integrators
From Universities, TAFEs, Schools, Libraries, Training Facilities, and Conference Centres.


Why Attend?

  • This Masterclass will explore wireless networking technologies in depth, empowering attendees with the ability to ensure the success of their mobility initiatives
  • Learn how to establish key criteria (business and technology requirements), ensuring technology aligns with business needs
  • Discover the top misconceptions and mistakes that are impacting wireless network performance in high density, high capacity education environments
  • Understand how to plan, design, implement, and optimise wireless networking solutions in line with industry best practice, irrespective of vendor selection or implementation
  • Participate in benchmark testing, network analysis, and step-by-step system optimisation for performance and security
  • Gain an insight into how vendor implemented features and functionality often leaves a less than desirable outcome on system performance, and what you can do to ensure a seamless, consistent end-user experience campus-wide
  • Learn from case studies, and an extensive background providing strategic ICT and technical reviews across just about every wireless LAN platform in Australia
  • Participate in practical hands-on experiences, developing skills and confidence in optimising, managing, and supporting wireless networking solutions
  • OK, if we haven't caught your attention yet, this one's for you. Attendees will place their white caps on and take a look at Wi-Fi security from a hacker's perspective. Nothing sets you up better for intrusion mitigation than to gain an insight from a hackers' perspective.


What To Bring?

  • Please BYO laptop (Windows preferred for installation of tools) with a dual-band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) wireless adapter.
  • Enterprise wireless LAN planning, design, analysis, and performance monitoring tools will be provided for attendee's to use during the Masterclass, and to take away for those wishing to gain further experience with professional tools and utilities.
  • Wireless Internet is provided.



8:30 | Arrival

9:00 | Commencement

9:00 - 10:30 | Session 1: Building Foundation - Understanding Wireless Networking Technology (90 mins)

This session takes a deep dive into wireless LAN technologies, allowing attendee's to gain an in-depth understanding of 802.11 standards, technologies, and Radio Frequency (RF) fundamentals. Participants will explore the similarities, and vast differences between Ethernet and Wi-Fi technology, whilst gaining a greater appreciation of why this technology is one of the fastest growing, yet one of the most complex networking technologies we've seen to date. Learn to appreciate the complexity, but master the fundamentals that lead to success for you and your organisation.

10:30 - 10:50 | Tea & Coffee Break (20 mins)

10:50 - 12:30 | Session 2: Planning for Success - Requirements and Technology Analysis (100 mins)

Through this session, participants will learn how to establish key criteria (business and technical requirements), enabling a better understanding of what wireless networks need to achieve, not just how. Participants will discover what it takes to analyse, plan, design, and implement successful wireless solutions with clear objectives and deliverables derived from business requirements.

We'll take a look at how to set performance benchmarks for the planning of new deployments, as well as taking part in practical hands-on activities and challenges to learn how to analyse existing campus-wide solution performance against established benchmarks. You'll gain access to tools used by some of the most highly regarding industry professionals, and a level of understanding that only network, protocol, and performance analysis can reveal.

12:30 - 1:20 | Lunch Break (50 mins)

1:20 - 2:40 | Session 3: Wireless LAN Security - Intrusion Techniques and Mitigation (80 mins)

This session provides participants a look at the varying types of Authentication and Key Management strategies, WLAN security infrastructure, and how to best secure your environment. We'll take a look at BYOD and Guest Access, company vs. personal devices, and onboarding processes. Participants will put themselves in the mindset of a hacker, learning different forms of attacks, risks, auditing techniques, monitoring, and mitigation strategies.

2:40 - 3:00 | Tea & Coffee Break (20 mins)

3:00 - 4:00 | Session 4: Learning from Experience - Industry Best Practice (80 mins)

Wireless networking technologies have been around for years, so too have the professionals that have been instrumental in developing and progressing this technology. During this session, participants are introduced to a wide range of lessons learnt throughout the years, what to look out for when planning, designing, implementing, and maintaining a wireless network, as well as the top issues to avoid that impact security and performance.

We'll take a look at the difference between vendor and industry best practice, and provide real world demonstrations and interactive challenges that reinforce what not to do, who to listen to, and how to achieve the best outcome within your environment. Finally, we'll end with a step-by-step recap on how to best optimise and maintain a high performing wireless LAN solution with a consistent end user experience, campus wide.

4:00 | Conclusion