Practical Routers & Switches for Engineers & Technicians

THE WORKSHOP

Routers and switches are primary components of most networks and obviously internetworks. Routers are simultaneously the most complex component of networks and the most important. This workshop goes through the basics of routers, routed and routing protocols and the basic rules to follow in building internetworks. If you are using any form of communication system or are applying modern PLCs/SCADA systems this workshop will give you the essential tools in working with networks. It is not an advanced workshop – but a hands-on one.

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • Receive a certificate of attendance in support of your continuing professional commitment
  • All workshops include the associated hardcopy technical manual
  • Printed workshop handouts
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Interact and network with workshop attendees and experienced instructors
  • Practical, industry driven content to assist you in your continuing professional development (CPD)
  • Attendees automatically become IDC subscribers and receive exclusive deals and technical content every month

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Anyone who will be designing, installing and commissioning, maintaining or troubleshooting TCP/IP and Intranet/internet sites will benefit including:

  • Design engineers
  • Electrical engineers
  • Engineering managers
  • Instrumentation engineers
  • Technicians
  • Network engineers
  • Network system administrators

CONTENT SUMMARY

QUICK REVIEW OF TCP/IP

INTERNET LAYER PROTOCOLS

  • IPv4
    • Address classes
    • Subnet masking
    • Header structure
    • Deploying IP addresses
    • Control messages: ICMP
  • IPv6
    • Addressing modes   
    • Header structure
    • Extension headers

HOST TO HOST PROTOCOLS

  • TCP
  • UDP

PROCESS/APPLICATION LAYER PROTOCOLS

  • Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)
  • File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
  • Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)
  • Domain Name System (DNS)

TCP/IP UTILITIES

  • ping
  • arp
  • tracert
  • netstat
  • ipconfig
  • winipcfg
  • hosts file

MECHANICS OF BRIDGING

  • Basic operation of Ethernet bridges
  • Transparent, translating and speed-buffering bridges
  • Application

MECHANICS OF SWITCHING

  • Basic operation of Ethernet switches
  • Layer 2 vs layer 3 switches
  • Segment, port and IP switching
  • Applications: VLANs, collapsed backbones, dual redundant rings
  • Troubleshooting switches

MECHANICS OF ROUTING

  • Basic operation of routers
  • Router functions
  • Static vs dynamic routing
  • Routing tables
  • Routing metrics
  • Route advertisement
  • Routing protocols
  • Convergence
  • Route calculation: distance vector vs link state
  • Autonomous systems
  • Interior vs exterior gateway protocols
  • Border routers
  • Applications: WAN routers, collapsed backbones, parallel backbones

BRIEF OVERVIEW OF ROUTING AND PROTOCOLS

  • Origins
  • Specifications
    • Packet format
    • Routing tables
  • Operation
  • Vector calculation
  • Dealing with topology changes
  • Limitations

ROUTING INFORMATION PROTOCOL Version 2 (RIPv2)

  • Origins
  • Specifications
  • Additional features
  • Limitations

INTERIOR GATEWAY ROUTING PROTOCOL (IGRP)

  • Origins
  • Specifications
    • Packet format
    • Routing tables
  • Operation
  • Vector calculation
  • Dealing with topology changes
  • Limitations
  • Multipath routing

ENHANCED INTERIOR GATEWAY ROUTING PROTOCOL (EIGRP)

  • Origins
  • Improvements over IGRP
  • EIGRP data structures
  • Convergence

OPEN SHORTEST PATH FIRST (OSPF)

  • Origins
  • Specifications
  • Operation
  • OSPF data structures
  • Calculation of routes

ADVANCED ROUTING CONCEPTS

  • Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS)
  • IP Security (IPSec)
  • Access control lists

CONSTRUCTION OF ROUTER BASED INTERNETWORKS

  • Basic rules to be followed
  • Topologies of simple internetworks
  • Topologies for larger networks
  • Design issues
  • Maintenance issues
  • Dealing with dissimilar protocols
  • Redundancy issues

TYING IT ALL TOGETHER

  • Current and future trends in routers
  • Critical areas of focus

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