Packet Network Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol Engineering

Packet Network Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol Engineering

Packet Network TCP/IP course is aimed at the engineer with limited exposure to data networks. On completion of the course the delegate will understand the relevance of networking interfaces, connectivity and architecture.

3 Days


Unit 3-4, Sheffield Business Park
Churchill Way, Chapeltown
Sheffield, S35 2PY



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Engineers with limited exposure to data networks

Basic appreciation of TCP-IP, associated protocols and concepts. Engineers looking to consolidate and extend knowledge across all aspects of data networking both on a theoretical and practical basis.

Practical demonstrations: Each delegate will be shown how to manipulate the networking parameters of a windows based PC and the basics of vendor specific CLI.

Practical Exercises: The delegate will be expected to use a PC to log into an IS and configure several key parameters and identify the database structure.

Examination: Each delegate will be expected to complete a short multiple choice closed book exam along with a practical hardware based task under the invigilation of the instructor.

The candidate will be able to identify all major building blocks of data networks, protocols and the hardware used and their basic configuration. The meaning of all common acronyms and terminology will be explained and put into context. They will be able to configure a basic routed network and troubleshoot it.

Chapter 1- OSI 7 layer model review and the Internet.

• Compare and contrast the OSI and TCP-IP models.

• What is the Internet / WWW?

• What is an ISP and how do they connect.

• What is routing and switching. Chapter 2 – Ethernet.

• Ethernet as a layer 2 Technology.

• The MAC address and ARP.

• Ethernet frame structure its variations.

• The CSMA/CD mechanism.

• Definition of broadcast and collision domains.

• Use of VLANs in an Ethernet network.

• The switching process and the MAC FDB.

• Why do we need STP?

• Why do we use link aggregation?

• Ethernet standards.

• POS Chapter 3 – Layer 3 networking and the IP protocol.

• Role of layer 3 networks and protocols.

• Structure of IP addresses.

• Classful addressing.

• The subnet mask and the VLSM.

• Classless Inter domain routing. • IP v4 packet structure.

• Uni and multicast

• The packet forwarding process and the routing table.

• Routing Protocols.

• Controlling traffic (access lists and filters) Chapter 4 – Routing Protocols.

• How do routing protocols work?

• What does a static route do?

• What is a dynamic routing protocol?

• What is the difference between a link state and a distance vector protocol?

• What is the difference between an exterior and interior gateway protocol?

• How is link cost used to decide the best route?

• Case study; using OSPF in a single area environment.

• OSPF router roles

• OSPF adjacency mechanism.

• Route redistribution Chapter 5 – Configuring hardware.

• Methods of accessing hardware management function (Serial, HTTP, SNMP, Telnet, SSL, FTP)

• Typical directory structure of network hardware.

• General Boot up sequence.

• Manipulation of OS and configuration database.

• Security and admin functions. Chapter 6 – Troubleshooting Packet Networks.

• Checking IP interface addresses and interface status.

• Basic use of debug.

• Basic OSPF interrogation.

• Interpreting routing and ARP tables.

• Use of PING and TRACEROUTE mechanisms

• Use of Wireshark packet capture software

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Neil Silcox
I really enjoyed the course and the instructors were excellent in the way they put the course over. The facilities were excellent and the course was taught to a very high standard. - Neil Silcox


The UK rail industry employs more than 190,000 people, from train drivers and station staff to those responsible for managing and maintaining the network’s 20,000 miles of track - this means enormous career opportunities are waiting for you!
We offer guaranteed sponsorship enabling you to complete the PTS

PTS ensures that rail workers are aware of their surroundings, are able to move around the lineside safely and are able to react appropriately to circumstances (e.g. the approach of a train).

PTS is not ELCAS accredited and does not form part of ELC funding. However, you are able to use your Standard Learning Credits (SLC) towards the cost of the course.