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WANs demystified  |    A 1 day training course

WANs training course description

A concise overview course covering Wide Area Networks with particular emphasis on the WAN options available including the use of the Internet.

What will you learn
  • Choose and evaluate WAN technologies.
  • Recognise the role of service providers.
  • Describe the benefits of VPNs.
  • Describe how the Internet can be used as a WAN.
  • Describe the equipment needed to connect LANS to WANS.
  • List the speeds of various WAN technologies.
WANs training course details
  • Who will benefit:
  • Anyone, although the course is particularly aimed at non-technical personnel needing some knowledge of WANS.

  • Prerequisites:
  • Network fundamentals

  • Duration
  • 1 day

  • Dates & prices
  • Click here

WANs training course contents

  • WANS
  • WAN architecture, Common WAN terms, Core vs access, service providers, relationship with 7 layer model, WAN equipment, how to choose a WAN.

  • Layer 1
  • Copper, phone lines, fibre, coaxial, satellite, wireless. Cabling to the building, CPE cabling, interfaces.

  • Layer 2
  • Dial up vs. Dedicated vs. packet switched networks and when to use them. Packet switching vs. circuit switching. Point to point and point to multipoint.

  • Dialup access technologies
  • Modems, ISDN, BRI, PRI.

  • Access with dedicated lines
  • XDSL, leased lines.

  • WAN services
  • X.25, SMDS, Frame Relay, CIR, ATM, Internet, MANS, dark fibre and other services.

  • Case study: Selecting WAN technologies.
  • Service provider technologies

  • Routers
  • Network addressing, default gateways, routing tables, routing protocols.

  • Internet architecture
  • Service providers, ISPs, private peering, public peering, core WANs in the Internet.

  • VPNs
  • Private networks, public networks, What are VPNs?, benefits of VPNs, tunnelling, encryption, IPSec.

  • Case study: Specifying WAN connectivity.

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.