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MDS Product Training Agendas

We offer a variety of training courses in our state-of-the-art facilities that cover the MDS product lines. Related topics and courses are offered together as a longer 4- or 5- day course for ordering and traveling convenience. Specific 1- or 2-day product courses can be ordered as needed for your individual training needs. If you are interested in training on a product not shown here, please contact us to discuss options.

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MDS Orbit MCR & ECR Basics (2 days)

Day 1
  • Networking Basics:
    • IP Addressing and Subnetting
    • TCP/IP and UDP/IP
    • OSI Layers (L2-4 are the focus)
  • Wireless Basics:
    • RF Basics/Refresher
    • Industrial Wireless vs Consumer Wireless
  • Introduction to MDS Orbit Platform:
    • Changing Passwords (Admin and One Time Passwords)
    • Firmware Upgrade
    • Resetting to Factory Defaults
    • Configuring Time via Local/SNTP/NTP
    • Generating Support Bundle
    • Introduction to the CLI
Day 2
  • Introduction to MDS Orbit Platform:
    • Config file export/import
    • XML
    • “display set”
    • Orbit Network Interface Cards (NICs)
    • Orbit Bridging
    • MCR/ECR Basics
    • Cell Interface
    • SIM Options
    • Domain Name Service (DNS)
    • Firewall Basics
    • Basic Routing

MDS Orbit MCR & ECR Certification (5 days)

Day 3 (continued from 2-day basic session
  • Terminal Server/serial service
  • Dynamic Domain Name Service (DDNS)
  • Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs)
    • Creating VLANs
    • Configuring Interfaces
    • Configuring Firewall
  • Port forwarding
    • Quality of Service (QoS)
    • Fairness
    • Traffic Shaping
  • Dynamic routing
Day 4
  • Security:
    • Firewall
    • Tamper Detection Configuration
    • Radius User Authentication
  • OTP and Admin/Tech/Operator Password
  • 802.1x Certificate Management
  • Securing Nx-900 and LN:
    • PSK: AES-128/256
    • EAP: RADIUS w/ 802.1x Certificates
  • Securing Cell:
    • IPSec VPN Tunnel
    • Dynamic VPN
  • Static NAT (1:1 NAT)
  • GRE
    • P/GRE
    • Ethernet/GRE
Day 5
  • Point to Multipoint Serial Over Cell
  • Interface Failover/Failback
  • Summary of Topics Covered throughout the Week
  • Written Exam
  • Lab Practical Exam
  • 80% Pass required for Certification

MDS Orbit MCR/ECR/MPRx Basics (2 days)

Day 1
  • Networking Basics:
    • IP Addressing and Subnetting
    • TCP/IP and UDP/IP
  • OSI Layers (L2-4 are the focus)
    • Wireless Basics:
    • RF Basics/Refresher
    • Industrial Wireless vs Consumer Wireless
  • Introduction to MDS Orbit Platform:
    • Changing Passwords (Admin and One Time Passwords)
    • Firmware Upgrade
    • Resetting to Factory Defaults
    • Configuring Time via Local/SNTP/NTP
    • Generating Support Bundle
    • Introduction to the CLI
Day 2
  • Introduction to MDS Orbit Platform:
    • Config file export/import
    • XML
    • “display set”
    • Orbit NICs
    • Orbit Bridging
    • MCR-900/LN Basics
    • Cell Interface
    • SIM Options
    • DNS
    • Firewall Basics
    • Basic Routing

MDS Orbit MCR/ECR/MPRx (5 days)

Day 3 (continued from 2 day basic session)
  • Overview of Basic/Introductory Topics
    • This is to serve as a refresher for those who took the Introductory training, and a summary for those who did not.
  • Terminal server/serial service
  • Dynamic Domain Name Service (DDNS)
  • Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs)
    • Creating VLANs
    • Configuring Interfaces
    • Configuring Firewall
  • Port forwarding
  • Quality of Service (QoS)
    • Fairness
    • Traffic Shaping
  • Dynamic routing

 

Day 4
  • Security:
    • Firewall
    • Tamper Detection Configuration
    • Radius User Authentication
    • One Time Passwords (OTP) and Admin/Tech/Operator Password
    • 802.1x Certificate Management
  • Securing NX915 and LN:
    • Pre-Shared Key (PSK): Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) -128/256
    • Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP): RADIUS w/ 802.1x Certificates
  • Securing Cell:
    • IP Security (IPSec) Virtual Private Network (VPN) Tunnel
    • Dynamic VPN
  • Static Network Address Translation (1:1 NAT)
  • Generic Routing Encapsulation (GRE)
Day 5
  • Point to Multipoint Serial Over Cell
  • Interface Failover/Failback
  • Summary of Topics Covered throughout the Week
  • Written Exam
  • Lab Practical Exam
  • 80% Pass required for Certification

Radio Frequency Fundamentals

Day 1 - Radio Frequency Fundamentals
  • Overview
  • Units of measurement and RF terminology
  • Wave and signal mechanics
  • Antenna basics
  • RF interconnections
  • Link mechanics
  • Applications and characteristics
  • Evaluation radio paths
  • Multipath
  • Feed lines
  • System design
  • Understanding and mitigating interference
Day 2 - Radio interfacing
  • Serial interfacing overview
  • Serial interfacing basics
  • Data Terminal Equipment (DTE) and Data Communications Equipment (DCE) concepts
  • Electrical standards
  • Short-haul modems
  • Fiber interfaces and fiber modems
  • Multi-drop interfacing
  • Interface conversions
  • Special purpose interface devices
  • RF Test Equipment
  • Data Test Equipment
  • Grounding and Installation
  • Troubleshooting

MDS Master Station (MPRS) & SD Basics (2 days)

Day 1
  • Installation and Maintenance
  • Configurator and Offerings
  • Feature/ Application Outline
  • Communications to SDx and MPRS via console and web
  • Basic Configuration (Local and Broadcast) via console and web
  • Diagnostic LINK (DLINK) Facts
  • Reprogramming (Local and Broadcast) via the console and web
Day 2
  • Network Topologies (How and why to choose)
  • Pinouts and Types of Serial polling capability
  • Setup basic Point to Point network
  • Basic serial polling (B and A Modems)
  • IP Payload and polling (Transparent Mode)
  • IP Payload polling in Packet w/ MAC mode
  • Ethernet Bridging

MDS Master Station (MPRS) & SD - Optional days for upgrades and migration planning

Day 1
  • Repeater mode in Transparent mode
  • Packet w/MAC mode Training (operating modes, required settings, Repeater mode in Packet w/MAC)
  • Ethernet Bridging Training (Bridge Filter, Advanced Bridge Filter & Lan Filter)
  • Configuration and use of Terminal Server in SDx and MPRS (via Console and Web)
  • Hands on demo of Bridged IP data w/terminal server vs. IP payload data
  • Store and Forward Feature Training
  • System ID Feature
  • Peer to Peer Feature
  • Data Encryption in Packet w/MAC mode vs Transparent mode
  • Security Feature Comparison between SDx and SDMS
  • Virtual Radios Channels (VRCs)
  • Multiple data streams configuration
  • VLANS (configuration and use)
  • Orbit side enhancements that MPRS has Vs SDx (Routing, Firewalls, USB console, etc.)
  • Compression
  • Progression of 2100 to MPRS
  • Progression of 1000U to SDx
  • Accessories required for Backwards Compatibility (MPRS)
  • B modem Network FAQs
  • B Modem features. Detailed description on when and how to use
  • DLINK for B modem network switchover demonstration
  • Mixed Legacy and SDx remote network polling via serial and IP Payload

Legacy Wireless Radio Communications Courses (on request)

MDS TransNET Series
  • Introduction
  • Key Features
  • Network Topologies
  • Interfacing
  • Integration with iNET Systems
  • Network Management
  • Store-and-Forward Operation
  • Configuration Software
  • Setup
  • Maintenance
MDS iNET Series
  • Introduction
  • Features
  • Interfacing
  • System Configurations
  • Unit Configuration
  • Menus and Management
  • Serial Configuration
  • Security Configuration
  • Device Information
  • Performance Information
  • Maintenance
  • Firmware Upgrades and Configuration Files
MDS Intrepid Series
  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Optimal Settings
  • System Design
  • Feed Lines
  • Grounding and Installation
  • Understanding and Mitigating Interference