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LANs demystified

A 1 day training course

LAN training course description

A concise overview course covering Local Area Networks with particular emphasis on the use of Ethernet and Wireless LANS.

Key outcomes from this course

By the end of the course delegates will be able to:
  • Choose and evaluate cables for LANS.
  • Describe how Ethernet works (in simple terms) and when to use Ethernet.
  • Explain the difference between a hub and a switch.
  • Describe how Wireless LANS work (in simple terms).
  • Describe the role of Access points.
  • Evaluate wireless technologies and when to use them.
  • List the speeds of various LAN technologies.

LAN training course details

Who will benefit:
Anyone, although the course is particularly aimed at non-technical personnel needing some knowledge of LANS.
Prerequisites:
None.
Duration:
1 day

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 ratings for this course:

Course review


"Hard concepts were explained very simply."
J. S., Framestore CFC
"Excellent presentation - very good course structure."
B. M., London Internet Exchange

LAN training course contents

LANS
What is a LAN?, LAN standards, topologies, LAN choices.

What is Ethernet?
What is Ethernet?, 7 layer model, how Ethernet works, CSMA/CD, MAC addresses, frames, broadcasts.

Ethernet Cabling
UTP, cat 3,4,5, Cat 5e, Cat 6, Cat 7, fibre optic cable, MMF, SMF.

802.3 physical specifications
Distance limitations, hubs and repeaters, 10BaseT, 10BaseF, 100BaseTX, 100BaseFX, 1000BaseSX, 1000BaseT, 10gbe.

Interconnecting LANS
What are bridges? Transparent bridging, What are switches? STP, VLANS, Full/half duplex, What are routers? Layer 3 switches, Connecting Ethernet to the WAN.

Case study: Planning an Ethernet network.

Wireless LANS
Trends, mobile communications, optical vs. radio wireless communications, CSMA/CA,

Components and operation
Access point elements and functions.

Radio technologies
Cells, roaming, overlapping, blackspots, interference, Antenna theory, Antenna types, RF site surveys (Analysing the feasibility of WLANS).

Technologies and standards
Infrared, 802.11, 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, Bluetooth and WPANS.

System integration
Wireless bridges, wireless switches, gateways.

Older LAN technologies
Token Ring, FDDI.

Case study: Planning a wireless network.

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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