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Definitive WANs for engineers

A 5 day
training course

WAN training course description

A hands on Introduction to Wide Area Networks for engineers. This course covers all current major WAN technologies from a perspective of design, evaluating technologies available as well as hands on to consolidate the theory.

Key outcomes from this course

By the end of the course delegates will be able to:
  • Describe the seven-layer model and realise how it applies to the real world.
  • Evaluate and describe WAN technologies.
  • Describe the architecture of WANs in the core.
  • Use WANS to interconnect LANS.

WAN training course details

Who will benefit:
Technical staff wishing to find out more about how their WAN works.
Intro to data communications & networking
5 days

Training approach

This structured training course seeks to build upon workbook learning through the use of group exercises, dynamic discussion and individual tasks in order to deliver an engaging and interactive module that will ensure all candidates are able to transfer their new skills into the workplace.

Overall rating:

Customer reviews

"Excellent in all areas. Very good explanations and multiple recaps of learnt material meant information actually got stored!"
"Excellent presentation - very good course structure."
B. M. London Internet Exchange

WAN training course contents

LANs, MANS and WANS. Protocols, the OSI seven layer model, ITU-T, ETSI, DTE, DCE, and the overall picture.

WAN architectures
Service providers, core, access, DTE, DCE, CPE. Dialup, circuit switched, packet switched, how to choose a WAN, common bandwidths. Site to site, remote access. Topologies: Star, Full mesh, partial mesh

History of WANs
Before IP was ubiquitous, The PSTN, Dial up networks, modems, ISDN, Stat mux, TDM, 64k, N*64, E1, X25, Frame Relay

The role of IP and routers
The growth of IP, the role of routers, routing tables, routing protocols.
Hands on: IP and routing.

Layer 1 Physical
Copper, Fibre, Wireless, Microwave, Phone lines, FTTC, FTTH, mobile networks.

Service provider technologies
The transport plane, SDH, SONET, DWDM.

WAN access
Phone lines, leased lines, xDSL, WiMax, Satellite. The role of PPP.

xDSL, ADSL, SDSL. Local loops, DSLAM, DSL architecture.

Cell switching principles, ATM switching, Virtual paths, QOS, CBR, VBR, ABR, UBR, AAL1 to AAL5, MPOA, LANE, Voice over ATM.

The Internet

What is MPLS?
Core MPLS, MPLS and the 7 layer model, MPLS protocol, MPLS standard, MPLS runs on routers, MPLS history, Why MPLS?.

MPLS architecture
LSRs, PE and P router roles, FEC, swapping labels, MPLS packet format, Loops, TTL control. MPLS TE, MPLS VPN.

What is Ethernet? LANs, MANs, WANs, Ethernet and switches in the LAN. Traditional LAN/WAN integration, routers. The Ethernet interface for the WAN. Standards: Transporting carrier Ethernet.

Why Choose Us

SNT trainers score an average of over 90% on the three main areas of:
  • Ability to teach
  • Technical knowledge
  • Answering questions
“Excellently presented by a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic trainer.” P.D. General Dynamics

We limit our maximum class size to 8 delegates; often we have less than this. This ensures optimal interactivity between delegates and instructor.
"Excellent course. The small class size was a great benefit…" M.B. IBM

We write our own courses; courseware does not just consist of slides and our slides are diagrams not bullet point text. A typical chapter provides clearly defined objectives with a chapter overview, slides with text underneath, a quiz at the end to check the learning of the students. Hands on exercises are at the end and are used to reinforce the theory.

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