Practical Troubleshooting & Problem Solving of Ethernet Networks

THE WORKSHOP

Ethernet is fast becoming the obvious choice for industrial control networking worldwide. While the basic structure of Ethernet has not changed much, the faster technologies such as fast Ethernet and gigabit Ethernet have increased the complexity and choices you have available in planning and designing these systems.

As Ethernet has become more complex, a number of misconceptions have arisen as to how Ethernet functions and how the system should be optimally configured. This workshop addresses these issues in a clear and practical manner, thus enabling you to apply the technology quickly and effectively in your next project.

The workshop commences with a brief outline of the fundamentals of Ethernet and its operation. The method of access is discussed in depth and topics such as full duplex and auto negotiation are explained. The best methods of designing and installing the cabling systems are then explored with the discussion ranging from 10Base-T over twisted pair to gigabit Ethernet cabling. Methods of optimising Ethernet to obtain best performance are then defined.

Finally, the all important topic of troubleshooting is examined with a summary of the typical problems you are likely to encounter from a two station network all the way up to a system comprising 30,000 PCs.

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 involved in the installation, design and support of communications systems, including:

  • Design engineers
  • Electrical and instrumentation technicians
  • Electrical engineers
  • Instrumentation and control system engineers
  • Instrument technologists/engineers
  • IT managers working with networks
  • Maintenance engineers and supervisors
  • Process control designers and systems engineers
  • Project engineers
  • Systems engineers

CONTENT SUMMARY

BACKGROUND AND INTRODUCTION TO ETHERNET

  • Background
  • Network communications
  • Open systems
  • Network topologies

OPERATION OF ETHERNET SYSTEM

  • Ethernet standards
  • Logical link control frames
  • Transmission media and access techniques
  • Media access control protocol
  • Full duplex Ethernet
  • Auto negotiation

ETHERNET CABLING AND HARDWARE

DIFFERENT CABLE TYPES

  • Twisted pair Ethernet
  • Fibre optic media
  • Fast Ethernet twisted pair
  • Fast Ethernet fibre optic cabling
  • Gigabit Ethernet twisted pair
  • Gigabit Ethernet fibre optic systems

LAN INTERCONNECTION COMPONENTS

  • Repeaters
  • Switches
  • Bridges
  • Routers
  • Gateways
  • Multisegment configuration using repeaters
  • Redundancy and reliability

PROTOCOLS THAT WORK WITH ETHERNET

  • TCP/IP
  • Modbus and Ether/IP
  • IPX/SPX and NetBEUI
  • IP addressing
  • Routing on the networks
  • Error and control messages
  • User Datagram Protocol (UDP)
  • Utilities with TCP/IP

CONSTRUCTION OF THE ETHERNET SYSTEM CABLING AND HARDWARE

  • Structured cabling
  • Twisted pair cables and connector
  • Fibre optic cables and connectors
  • Ethernet repeater hubs
  • Ethernet switching hubs
  • Industrial versus commercial networks

NETWORK DESIGN CONCEPTS

  • System design
  • Design simplicity
  • Design documentation

PERFORMANCE AND TROUBLESHOOTING TYPES OF PROBLEMS

  • Hardware
  • Protocols
  • Software

TOOLS

  • Basic utilities
  • Protocol analyser
  • Ethernet performance
  • Troubleshooting of Ethernet

During the workshop there are no less than ten PRACTICAL SESSIONS, these will include:

  • Configuration of an Ethernet network
  • Configuration of a simple network protocol
  • Demonstration of typical failure points
  • Diagnosis of network hardware problems
  • Configuration of a network with a switch and hub
  • Addition of TCP/IP protocol
  • Use of basic utilities for troubleshooting
  • Troubleshooting with simple protocol analyser
  • Identification of problems with utilities and protocol analyser
  • Benchmarking performance of Ethernet

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