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Aruba Certified

Solutions Professional (ACSP)


Study Guide

Table of Contents
Introduction

Introduction

Prerequisites for the ACSP

Exam Format

Scheduling and Paying for an Exam

Recommended Training Courses

Recommended Reading

List of Topics

Sample Questions

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The Aruba Certified Solutions


Professional (ACSP) exam
tests candidates on their
ability to understand
WLAN solutions to common
RF challenges and best
practices in WLAN design for
mobile devices. Candidates
will be tested on knowledge
of IEEE 802.11 standards and
amendments, enterprise
security, mobile device
roaming, WLAN performance
and optimization for BYOD,
and Spectrum Analysis.

Prerequisites for the ACSP


There is no certification prerequisite for taking the ACSP exam. It is
recommended that the candidate have at least one year hands on
experience designing and deploying WLAN solutions in an enterprise
environment. Attending the official ACSP training from Aruba Networks
is the best way to prepare for the ACSP certification exam as the
course will cover all topics on the exam. It is also recommended that
the candidate have a broad understanding of WLAN and general
network technologies.

Exam Format
The candidate will have 90 minutes to complete the 75 multiple choice
exam questions.

The ideal candidate


will have at least
one year hands

Scheduling and Paying for an Exam

on experience

To schedule an ACSP exam please, please visit


http://pearsonvue.com/aruba/

designing and

The cost is $125 USD. Students who attend ACSP class receive a
voucher for one Aruba Pearson Vue exam.

Recommended Training Courses


While not required, it is highly recommended that candidates attend
the Solutions Training Track provided by Aruba Networks prior to
attempting the ACSP exam.

deploying WLAN
solutions in an
enterprise
environment.

Recommended Reading
The following reading material is highly recommended:
Aruba Mobility Controller Validated Reference Design (version 8)
Aruba 802.11n Networks Validated Reference Design (version 8)
Aruba Campus Wireless Networks Validated Reference Design
(version 8)
High-Density Wireless Networks for Auditoriums Validated
Reference Design
Aruba Mobility Controllers and Deployments Models Validated
Reference Design
Network Rightsizing Best Practices Guide
Indoor Access Points: Site Survey and Planning
http://www.arubanetworks.com/technology/design_guides.php

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List of Topics
The following topic list should be studied with the expectation that
youre knowledge of these topics will be important for successfully
passing the ACSP exam.
Wi-Fi Organizations and Standards

Attending the official


ACSP training from
Aruba networks is
the best way to prepare for the ACSP
certification exam.

Regulatory Bodies FCC


2.4 GHz ISM Band and Channels
5 Ghz UNII Band and Channels
IEEE 802.11 Amendments
802.11-2007
802.11 a/b/g comparison
802.11n (HT)
802.11n Improvements
Speed channel bonding
Range
Tx Beamforming
802.11h DFS and TPC
802.11e QOS
802.11i security
Wi-Fi Alliance
Wi-Fi Certifications
WPA
WPA2
WMM
Physical WLAN Infrastructure
Physical Layer
RF Interference
Handling RF Problems
Spectrum Analysis
WLAN Clients
Rate vs. range
Wi-Fi Hardware and Software
Access Layer
Basic AP Operation
802.11 to 802.3 distribution
Autonomous vs. thin AP
Distribution Layer
Wired Switches
PoE Infrastructure
Midspan
Endpoint
WLAN Controllers

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Logical WLAN Configuration


Wireless Access Methods
Fixed Access
Nomadic Access
Mobile Access
Basic Service Set
Extended Service Set
Service Set Identifier
RF Components
Transmitter
dBm vs mW used to measure Tx power
Antenna
Passive Gain
Beam Widths
Horizontal Azimuth
Vertical Elevation
Omnidirectional Antennas
Semidirectional Antennas
Highly Directional Antennas
Equivalent Isotropically Radiated Power (EIRP)
Receiver
Signal strength
Noise floor
RSSI

It is recommended
that the candidate
have a broad understanding of WLAN
and general network
technologies.

RF Characteristics and Behavior


Amplitude
Frequency
Wavelength
Polarization
Attenuation
Amplification
Wave Propagation
FSPL
Absorption
Reflection
Multipath

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WLAN Performance and Optimization

There is no certification prerequisite for


taking the ACSP
exam.

Common WLAN Types


Basic-Coverage WLANs
High-Density WLANs
Application-Based WLANs Voice
Common WLAN problems
G and B Channels
Adjacent-Channel and Co-Channel Interference
WLAN/WPAN Co-Existence bluetooth
Power matching client and AP power
Automatic RF Management
Channel
Power
Avoiding RF interference
Band Steering
Airtime fairness
Factors Affecting Network Range and Speed
Environment
Line-of-Sight
Interference
Antenna Mounting
AP Mounting
Ceiling Mount
Wall Mount
Antenna Downtilt
Antenna Height

Sample Questions
1. A 3x2:2 AP has how many receive radio chains?
A. 1
B. 2
C. 3
D. 6
2. What is another name for a swept spectrogram chart?
A. Waterfall
B. Interference
C. Channel utilization
D. FFT duty cycle
Answer: A

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3. 10dbi gain antenna is connected to an AP. How much power does this add to
the transmission strength?
A. Double the power
B. Half the power
C. Ten times the power
D. Three times the power
4. How is the strength of an RF wave measured?
A. Amplitude
B. Frequency
C. Wavelength
D. Attenuation
Answer: A
5. What results in Co-Channel Interference?
A. All access points are operating in the same frequency band
B. Nearby access points operating on the same channel
C. Nearby access points operating on adjacent channels
D. All access points are operating at full power
6. Using Asymmetric Key encryption, a password encrypted with a clients public
key can be unencrypted with which key?
A. Clients private key
B. Clients public key
C. Servers private key
D. Servers public key
Answer: A
7. Which encryption element needs to be kept secret to ensure confidentiality?
A. Key
B. Algorithm
C. Protocol
D. Standard

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8. Which of the following is an example of a Single Purpose


Somewhat Mobile Device?
A. Wireless scale
B. Barcode Scanner
C. IP video camera
D. Voice badge
Answer: B
9. What is the primary functionality of 802.11k?

It is recommended
that the candidate
have a broad
understanding of
WLAN and
general network
technologies.

A. WLAN QOS
B. Radio Measurement
C. Firewall rules
D. Increased range
10. Mobile device management is most easily achieved on which of
the following devices?
A. Corporate owned laptops
B. Employee owned tablet
C. Corporate owned smartphone
D. Contractor owned laptop
Answer: A
Answers to odd numbered questions:
1 B
5 B
9B

3C
7A
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