FortiWLC - Fortinet Wireless Controller

Course Description

In this series of classes, you will learn how to design, implement, and maintain a channel-layered FortiWLC based wireless network.

  1. Administration (2-day class, 1/2 day lab)
  2. Implementation (3-day class, 1/2 day lab)
  3. Solution Design (optional 2-day class)

The practical labs provide hands-on experience in configuration, management, and monitoring of the wireless network.

It is recommended that you take the classes in the order listed above.


  • Instructor-led classroom
  • Instructor-led online*
  • Self-paced online

* Private class only. Please contact your Fortinet Sales Representative.

Product Versions

FortiWLC - System Director 7.x


  1. Introduction and radio frequency concepts
  2. Monitoring and obtaining network statistics
  3. Troubleshooting client connectivity
  4. Managing and maintaining the network
  5. Monitoring and managing rogue devices
  6. Installing and integrating controllers into the network
  7. Implementing redundancy
  8. Installing and basic installation of FortiWLM.
  9. Deploying access points
  10. Implementing channel layers and stripes
  11. Publishing secure data, voice and guest wireless networks
  12. Introduction to and basic installation of FortiConnect
  13. Managing Apple Bonjour and multicast DNS traffic
  14. Performing a predictive coverage design of a wireless network
  15. Extending the coverage design to account for capacity
  16. Selecting the correct hardware and software components to support the design


After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Size and plan a multiple channel layer wireless network for a medium-density client environment
  • Deploy multiple controllers and integrate with the underlying wired network
  • Understand and deploy controller redundancy
  • Understand how to use and deploy different AP models
  • Publish encrypted and guest wireless networks for use by your users
  • Monitor and assess your wireless networks health and capacity
  • Perform basic troubleshooting of client connectivity
  • Perform day-to-day management of your wireless network

Who Should Attend

Anyone who is responsible for the design, implementation, and day-to-day management of a single-channel FortiWLC based wireless network.


A good understanding of wired and wireless technology and concepts is required to benefit from this course.

System Requirements

If you take the online version of this class, you must have a computer with:

  • A High-speed Internet connection
  • An Up-to-date web browser
  • A PDF viewer
  • Speakers / headphones
  • Either:
    • HTML 5 support or
    • Java runtime environment (JRE) with Java plugin enabled in your web browser

A wired Ethernet connection is recommended. Firewalls including Windows Firewall or FortiClient must allow connections with the online labs (TCP ports 7022 & 7122). 


The Administration and Implementation courses prepare you for the FortiWLC 7.x specialist exam, and are part of the preparation for the NSE 6 certification exam.

Attending the design course is not a requirement, but it is highly recommended for those wishing to become experts.

How to Enroll

Use the following links to enroll in the self-paced or instructor-led format of this course through the NSE Institute::