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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.

What will you learn
  • 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

  • Dates & prices
  • Click here

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.

Learning path



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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.