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Definitive WANs for engineers  |    A 5 day   hands on   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

What will you learn
  • 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

WAN training course contents

  • Introduction
  • 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.

  • Broadband
  • adband xDSL, ADSL, SDSL, local loops, DSLAM, DSL architecture.

  • ATM
  • 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.

  • Ethernet
  • 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.

Learning path



Based on customer reviews

S. W. - BBC:

"Excellent in all areas. Very good explanations and multiple recaps of learnt material meant information actually got stored!"

B. M. - London Internet Exchange:

"Excellent presentation - very good course structure."

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.