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smartBridges Partners with The CWNP Program; CWSP Wireless LAN Security Class Will Now Include the airBridge TOTAL


ATLANTA, GA -- Dec. 15, 2004 -- The CWNP Program, the industry standard for wireless LAN training and certification, today announced a partnership with smartBridges, a provider of carrier-class outdoor fixed wireless broadband equipment. The smartBridges airBridge TOTAL wireless LAN Bridge will become part of the labs taught to students in the CWSP Wireless LAN Security instructor-led training course. The CWSP class covers all aspects of wireless security and gives IT professionals the skills necessary to implement and manage wireless security in the enterprise. The vendor-neutral class goes far beyond single-vendor solutions by creating solutions using tools from sixteen industry-leading manufacturers.

“We are very excited to have smartBridges become part of the CWSP curriculum,” said Kevin Sandlin, CEO and co-founder of the CWNP Program. “Wireless bridging is a critical part of wireless LAN integration and security, and this partnership adds even further value to an already outstanding array of products that are taught in our security course. Students who attend the CWSP wireless LAN security class are always astounded at the quantity and quality of information they learn. The addition of smartBridges to the CWSP class will bring to a total of three the different bridging solutions students will learn in the class, including the Cisco 1300s, and Cisco BR350s. This addition is another great feature for CWSP students.”

“According to a report released by Cahners In-Stat Group, the wireless LAN industry grew faster than expected, even in a period of difficult economy,” commented Nimesh Parikh, CEO and founder of smartBridges. “The wireless broadband access market is going to expand at a furious pace in the next few years. To benefit from this fast-growing market, trustworthy vendor-free education is required for all wireless enthusiasts. smartBridges has been looking for a reliable and high quality wireless LAN educational partnership for some time. The CWSP is the industry standard wireless LAN security training course and certification, and we recommend it to system engineers and VARs to earn CWNP certifications. We are delighted to be included as a technology partner with the CWNP program. This partnership comes coincidental with the launch of the latest award-winning Nexus platform.”

Organizations typically place so much emphasis on securing the wireless LAN links between clients and access points that wireless LAN bridge security is not addressed. By learning a variety of ways to secure wireless bridge links, IT professionals will be prepared to implement the best wireless security solution available. Understanding wireless LAN bridge security solutions from layer 2 and layer 3 security perspectives allows the network administrator to apply the right balance of authentication, encryption, and data throughput to meet organizational goals.

About smartBridges

smartBridges simplifies how people across the globe access the Broadband Internet through carrier-class, easy-to-deploy and easy-to-maintain wireless connectivity products. The fast-growing company is a leading technology developer and manufacturer of total solutions for Wireless Broadband networking. For more information, visit

About The CWNP(R) Program

The CWNP Program is the industry standard for wireless LAN training and certification. IT professionals in 58 countries have achieved CWNP certification in how to make wireless LANs more secure, cost-effective, and reliable. The CWNP Program was created by Planet3 Wireless, Inc., a privately-held Georgia corporation. Information about the CWNP Program can be found at


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