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Local Area Networks Fundamentals

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OUTLINE

I. Introduction to LANs

A. Introduction
B. Types of Networks
C. Networking Rules
D. Benefits of Using a LAN
E. The Physical Local Area Network
F. LAN Interconnections
G. Multiplexer
H. Uploading vs Downloading

.....OBJECTIVES OF THIS SECTION

Understand basic networking concepts important for understanding today’s LANs.

II. Types Of Networks

A. Introduction
B. Server-Based Networks
C.
Peer-To-Peer Based Networks
D.
Hybrid Networks

.....OBJECTIVES OF THIS SECTION

. Describe the characteristics of server based, peer-to-peer and hybrid types of networks.
. Distinguish between server based, peer-to-peer and hybrid types of networks.

III. Types Of Servers

A. Introduction to Servers
B. File Server
C. Print Server
D. Gateway Server
E. Fax Server
F. Modem Server
G. Terminal Server
H. Proxy Server
I. Application Server
J. Database Server
K. Web Server
L. Mail Server

.....OBJECTIVES OF THIS SECTION

. Describe the purpose of a server.
. Describe the functions of the servers listed below.
File Server, Print Server, Gateway Server, Fax Server, Modem Server, Terminal Server, Proxy Server, Application Server, Database server, Web Server, and Mail Server.

IV. Network Media

A. Introduction
B. Twisted Pair Cable
C. Coaxial Cable
D. Fiber Optic Cable

.....OBJECTIVES OF THIS SECTION

. What cable types are available for networks.
. How the various types of cable are constructed.
. The relative cost of different types of cabling.
. Charactistics of twisted pair, coaxial and fiber optic cable.
. Five different categories of UTP cable and which is right for your network.
. To evaluate different cable types for your specific network.
. When to use shielded or unshielded twisted pair cabling.

V. Wireless Connections

A. Introduction
B. Radio Transmission
C. Microwave
D. Infrared
E. Wireless Bridges
F. Electromagnetic Spectrum

.....OBJECTIVES OF THIS SECTION

. How the different types of wireless communication are categorized.
. How wireless communication is used to connect networks.
. Advantages and disadvantages of radio, microwave and infrared communications.
. Applications for using different types of wireless communications.
. Characteristics of radio, microwave and infrared communications.
. Difference between terrestrial and satellite microwave.

VI. Network Topologies

A. Introduction
B. Bus
C. Star
D. Ring
E. Hybrid Topologies

.....OBJECTIVES OF THIS SECTION

. What is a network topology?
. How the different types of topologies are configured.
.
The advantages and disadvantages of the various topologies.