This course introduces the student to network protocols and covers physical, data link, network, transport, and application layer protocols. The TCP/IP protocol suite is discussed in detail. Topics include Ethernet, connectionless protocols, connection-oriented protocols, and application protocols such as DNS, DHCP, and HTTP. The student learns about both hardware and software troubleshooting tools, security issues, and current topics such as IPv6. Hands-on experience with networking equipment and use of network simulation tools are used throughout the course.
3 hours of lecture, 2 hours of lab per week