This course continues with more in-depth discussion and labs dealing with the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and computer networks. The basic and advanced principles of IP addressing and fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for the curriculum. By the end of the course, students will be able to build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes.
Students completing this course should be able to:
- Understand, compare, and contrast the two major models used to plan and implement networks: OSI and the TCP/IP network models as evidenced by the completion of theoretical examples and testing.
- Describe and explain network technologies, services, and devices including how a router and a switch operates in a small to medium-sized business network, and how they are used to support communications in data networks and the Internet as evidenced by the completion of theoretical examples and testing.
- Describe and explain the role of protocol layers in data networks as evidenced by the completion of theoretical examples, lab activities and testing.
- Describe and explain the importance of addressing and naming schemes at various layers of data networks in IPv4 and IPv6 environments as evidenced by lab activities, theoretical examples and testing
- Design, calculate, and apply subnet masks and addresses to fulfill given requirements to provide network connectivity for a small to medium-sized business network in IPv4 and IPv6 network as evidenced by lab activities, theoretical examples and testing.
- Conceptually understand and build a simple Ethernet network using routers and switches and how devices access local and remote network resources as evidenced by small group lab activities, theoretical examples and testing.
- Use Cisco command-line interface (CLI) commands to perform basic router and switch configurations including the configuration of initial settings on a network device as evidenced by lab activities, theoretical examples and testing.
- Configure monitoring tools available for small to medium-sized business networks.