Do you have any work experience? Do you have a solid background in wireless technologies? How about basic networking fundamentals?
I ask about these, because the CCIE Wireless is a tough cert, there aren't many out there, and the gear is not cheap to put together a home lab.
I wish you the best of luck, but if you don't have a solid foundation of knowledge, starting on the CCIE right off the bat can be a long tough road. There is a reason most people start at the bottom of the pyramid and work their way up - you get some certifications in the process and learn a lot of the knowledge that simply needs to be second nature by the time you reach the lab.
You do not need any pre-requisites to take CCIE Wireless but you expected to have a understanding of wired infrastructure such as VTP and security such as the ACS.
There is no reason why you could not acquire these skills in your CCIE Wireless education but CCIE Wireless is really Cisco's view of Wireless rather than pure wireless.
But you are correct it is a really interesting subject.
I would highly recomend IF you really want to do the wireless CCIE to go through the CCNA, CCNA Wireless then CCNP Wireless.
Many many very very competent and experienced wireless engineers have taken the exam and failed. there are only about 40 in the world and you will need to have CCNP R&S level skils aswell as good wireless skills.
The other thing about wireless is the physical media, the RF is not really physical at all and you need to develope an almost 6th sense of what is happening aswell as what if I change x will happen to y.
If you want to go for it thats cool but its not the easiest CCIE, not that any of them are but it encompasses alot of technologies, R&S, a bit of voice and a bit of security.
As the members have stated above, the CCIE certifications do not have any formal pre-requisite requirements. However, you are expected to have an in-depth understanding of the topics in the exam blueprints and strongly encouraged to have three to five years of job experience before attempting the certification.
Please visit the CCIE Wireless page for more information https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/community/certifications/ccie_wireless
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As a note of agreement... Even though I've been doing wireless stuff off and on for 7+ years, if I were going to go for the CCIE Wireless even I would likely go through the CCNP stuff just to break my studying into smaller chunks! While there will still be a gap from CCNP to CCIE it is easier to swallow following the progression and getting some idea about what Cisco may view as important!
(Fortunately for me, I don't have enough free time to worry about going for my CCIE Wireless any time soon!)
thanx a lot for all the info. and no i dont have any job experience as i stated earlier i just a student. so the path is CCNA --> CCNP --> CCNP wireless and then if i have it in me then CCIE wireless.
thnx Rigo and Pete and all of the people who provided the info. i neva knew that there are only 40 CCIE wireless. So if i become one. its gonna be kinda cool
Actually, if you are going to go for CCNP Wireless, then you need to include CCNA wireless in your path.
It could go CCNA --> CCNA Wireless --> CCNP wireless ---> CCIE Wireless.
or CCNA --> CCNP --> CCNA Wireless -->CCNP Wirless --> CCIE Wireless.
If you want to obtain that CCNP Wireless, then the CCNA Wireless needs to be in there somewhere. If you are sold on the wireless track, the main question would be if you want to obtain the CCNP or skip it and just go to the wireless track after obtaining CCNA.
If you are sold on the CCIE Wireless I would recommend the CCNP R&S aswell because that is where alot of the CCCIE Wireless lab attemots fail. The CCIE Wireless lab requires CCNP level routing and switching knowledge.
Difficult areas in the CCIE Wireless are routing switching and QoS.
I would also look at the CWNP certs as well to get an overall view of wireless. The CWNP program mainly focuses on theory and is vendor neutral rather than Cisco which focuses in on the Cisco way. I see them as complementary and the CWNP program has the CWNE cert of which there are only 86 in the world. Yes I am trying for that as well