Engineers with little or no exposure to data networking.
Basic appreciation of electronics principals and mathematics. Technicians looking to gain a base level of knowledge across all aspects of data networking or where data networking overlaps onto their main job role.
Practical and theory work plus assessment
On completion of the course, the delegate will be able to identify all major building blocks of data networks, protocols and the hardware used within them. The meaning of all common acronyms and terminology will be explained and put into context. All the theory covered will be reinforced with practical demonstrations.
- Chapter 1- Data Networking Components.
- What is a protocol?
- Functionality of the individual layers of TCP/IP and OSI models and the (de)encapsulation process.
- Chronological evolution of data networking.
- Networking hardware (cables, switches, routers, servers and general end devices)
- Importance and role of network addressing.
- Chapter 2 – Layer 1 Parameters.
- Media types and their relative advantages.
- Connector types.
- Use of physical network cross connection fields (patch panels).
- Methodologies and logistics of physical labelling.
- Auto-negotiation and autosensing port functions.
- Electrical and optical parameters.
- Chapter 3 – Layer 2 Networking.
- Role of layer 2 local networks.
- What is the MAC addresses?
- Ethernet as the de-facto layer 2 packet networking protocol.
- Broadcast and collision domains related to CSMA/CD mechanism.
- Alternative data link technologies. (VSAT, 4G, E1, ISDN, DSL, PON, Metro Ethernet, PPP)
- Chapter 4 – Layer 3 Networking.
- Layer 3 functions.
- Layer 3 hardware.
- What is a routing protocol?
- What is an IP address and what is its significance.
- Chapter 5 – Upper Layer Protocols.
- What is an end device?
- What are TCP and UDP?
- Examples of application layer protocols.
- Your PC as an end device (e.g. VoIP).
- Chapter 6 – 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.
- Connection of 2 routing devices (demonstration).
- Chapter 7 – Future of Packet Data Networking.
- End to End IP connectivity.
- Use of MPLS overlay.
- Role of DWDM in future packet networks.
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