· Support the data networking courses including CES-440 (Intro. to Networking and Network Management), and CES-552 (Network Architecture and Protocols).
· Provide some practical understanding of data communications and networking and hands-on experience.
· Focus on some important issues in data networking.
Lab location - The lab is located at Salazar 2006.
Lab experiments - The tile of the lab experiments and their objectives are:
1. Basics-Lab ◄ click here for the instructions
· Understand the wiring infrastructure of the Internet Teaching Lab (ITL).
· Find out the Ethernet and IP addresses of your host station.
· Test connectivity between your computes.
· Monitor traffic at specific ports.
2. SPT-Lab ◄ click here for the instructions
· Understand the main functions of a bridge: Learning, Forwarding, Spanning Tree.
· Demonstrate how LOOP AVOIDANCE is achieved using the Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) as specified in IEEE 802.1D.
3. VLAN-Lab ◄ click here for the instructions
· Learn how vlan mechanism partitions a LAN and a big broadcast domain.
· Learn basics of VLAN and configuration.
· Understand some advantages of VLAN.
· Observe the need for router configuration.
· Understand the subnet mask.
· Understand the need of a routing mechanism in a router.
· Learn how to configure a router with the static routing.
· Understand the RIP, its configuration
· Observe the routing protocol exchanges and how the RIP provides dynamic routing
· Observe routing convergence and how the network heals after a network failure
· Understand the OSPF, its configuration.
· Observe the routing protocol exchanges and how the OSPF provides dynamic routing.
· Observe routing convergence and how the network heals after a network failure.
7. SECURITY-Lab ◄ click here for the instructions
· Understand how to permit and deny accessing network resources and some aspects of security using router access list.
· To get a feel as how the firewalls can be configured to deny certain exchanges.
8. Appl-Lab ◄ click here for the instructions
· Observe how the applications obtain the destination addresses.
· Observe how the TCP/IP applications (e.g., DNS, Telent, FTP) exchange the control information and data.
Observe how the TCP flags are used for the application exchanges.
Format of Experiments - The lab instructions include the following:
· Objectives – What does the student learn from the experiment.
· Network Setup – Network and device configurations for the experiment.
· Procedure – Steps to perform the experiment.
· Report – Answers to the questions in the Procedure section and results.
Student Lab Report
· For each experiment, it is expected each student writes a report to:
o Answer questions in the instruction sheet.
o Explain her/his observations from the experiment.
o Analyze the results collected from the experiment.
· Your report should be presented in MS Words.
o Not more than 4 pages
o Single-space, font 10, Times New Roman
o At least 1 inch margin on each side
· Email your report by 5 PM the day it is due.
· Students can work in groups not more than three per group.
o Although each student writes her/his individual report, no copying is allowed.
· Each student is expected to analyze the issues and understand for her/his benefit.
· “ITL Lab Manual”, Richard Gordon, http://www.cs.sonoma.edu/itl/manual/contents.html
· “TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1: The Protocols, Addison-Wesley”, Richard Stevens, 1994.
· “Computer Networks”, 5th ed. By Andrew Tanenbaum and David Wetherall, Prentice Hall 2011.
· “Computer Networks & Internetworks,” Douglas Comer, 5th ed., Prentice Hall, 2009.
· “Data Communications and Networking,” B. Forouzan, 4th ed., McGraw-Hill 2007.
· “Data and Computer Communications,” W. Stallings, Prentice Hall, 7th Ed., 2007, http://www.williamstallings.com/DCC/DCC7e.html
· “Computer Networks: A Systems Approach," L. Peterson, B. Davie, 4th ed., Elsevier 2007.