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Product Training Syllabus

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 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 OTP)
    • 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 Certification (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
  • DDNS
  • VLANs
    • Creating VLANs
    • Configuring Interfaces
    • Configuring Firewall
  • Port forwarding
  • Quality of Service (QoS)
    • Fairness
    • Traffic Shaping
  • Dynamic routing
  • RIPv2
  • OSPF

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

  • SPoint 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 Master Station & SD Basics (2 days)

Day 1

  • Installation and Maintenance
  • Configurator and Offerings
  • Feature/ Application Outline
  • Communications to SDx and SDMS via console and web
  • Basic Configuration (Local and Broadcast) via console and web
  • 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 Pt to Point network Training
  • Basic serial polling (B and A Modems) Training
  • IP Payload Training and polling (Transparent Mode)
  • IP Payload polling in Packet w/ MAC mode
  • Ethernet Bridging

MDS Master Station & SD Certification (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.
  • AM. Training Level 1 Day 1 Review
  • PM. Training Level 1 Day 2 Review
  • Repeater mode in Transparent mode
  • Packet w/MAC mode Training (operating modes, required settings, Repeater mode in Packet w/MAC, Txtol)
  • Ethernet Bridging Training (Bridge Filter, Advanced Bridge Filter & Lan Filter)
  • Configuration and use of Terminal Server in SDx and SDMS (via Console and Web)
  • Hands on demo of Bridged IP data w/ terminal server Vs. IP payload data

Day 4

  • Store and Forward Feature Training
  • System ID Feature Training (with case study example)
  • Peer to Peer Feature Training
  • Data Encryption in Packet w/MAC mode vs Transparent mode
  • Security Feature Comparison between SDx and SDMS
  • Hands On Feature Example (topic choose by the class)
  • Virtual Radios Channels (configuration and proper use)
  • Multiple data streams Configuration and demonstration
  • VLANS (configuration and use)
  • Orbit side enhancements that SDMS has Vs SDx (Routing, Firewalls, USB console, etc.)
  • Compression
  • Hands On Feature Example (topic chosen by class)

Day 5

  • Progression of 2100 to SDMS
  • Progression of 1000U to SDx
  • Accessories required for Backwards Compatibility (SDMS)
  • B modem Network FAQs
  • B Modem features. Detailed description on when and how to use Rxtol, AFC, SWC
  • DLINK for B modem network switchover demonstration
  • Mixed Legacy and SDx remote network polling via serial and IP Payload
  • Course Review
  • 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
  • Feed lines
  • System design
  • Grounding and installation
  • Understanding and mitigating interference
  • RF test equipment
  • Data test equipment

Day 2 - Radio interfacing

  • Serial interfacing overview
  • Serial interfacing basics
  • DTE and DCE concept
  • Electrical standards
  • Short-haul modems
  • Fiber interfaces and fiber modems
  • Multi-drop interfacing
  • Interface conversions
  • Special purpose interface devices
  • OSI layers
  • Physical layer interconnections
  • Logical link layer communications
  • Nertwork layer communications
  • Transport layer communications
  • Upper-layer commmunications
  • Security
  • Networking applications over radio

Wireless Radio Communications Course (5 days or à la carte)

Day 1 - MDS TransNET Series

  • Introduction
  • Key Features
  • Network Topologies
  • Interfacing
  • Integration with iNET systems
  • Network Management
  • Store-and-Forward Operation
  • Configuration Software
  • Setup
  • Maintenance

Day 2 - MDS entraNET Series

  • System Architecture
  • Features
  • Interfacing
  • Security Concepts
  • Local Configuration
  • Network Management
  • Configuration Files
  • RF Adjustments and Measurements
  • Interface Configuration
  • Firmware Upgrades
  • Network Configuration Tips
  • Troubleshooting
  • Redundancy Options
  • Special Features
  • Reference Materials

Day 3 - MDS Intrepid Series

Overview Intrepid Power Point Presentation
  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Optimal settings
  • System Design

 

RF Power Point Presentation
  • Path calculation
  • Feed Lines
  • Grounding and Installation
  • Understanding and Mitigating Interference
Using the GE Link Budget Calculator
(web based software)
  • Evaluating what radios will meet your requirements
Labs
  1. Installing the MRL Manager (Windows based software)
  2. Setting up two radios to pass traffic (basic configuration)
  3. How to save configuration files
  4. How to upgrade the radios firmware
  5. How to save the Event Log for troubleshooting purposes

Day 4 - MDS Mercury Series

  • OFDM and Frequency Hopping Theory
  • Network Theory
  • Unicast, multicast and broadcast addressing
  • IP addressing Review
  • IP addressing with Mercury
  • Transparent Ethernet Bridging Theory
  • Ethernet Bridging with Mercury
  • Network Theory
  • VLAN and IEEE 802.1Q
  • Network Management Overview
    • SNMP, Syslog and TFTP
  • Network Security Overview
    • Radius, IEEE 802.1X, SSH, SSL
  • Configuring 802.1Q, Security and
  • Management on Mercury
  • Mercury Maintenance and Best Practices

Day 5 - 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