Local Area Networks

Semestr: Summer

Range: 3+2s


Credits: 6

Programme type: Undefined

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Principles and technologies utilised in local area networks (LANs), starting from shared media (bus, ring) networks, their interconnection and concluding with current switching technologies (virtual LANs, ATM) and wireless. Attention is given to communication protocols for LANs and to network operating systems (client support, servers, and gateways).


shared communication channel, media access control, clasical and wireless LAN technologies

Course syllabus:

1. Local area networks, media sharing FDMA and TDMA, access control
2. Random access techniques: Aloha, CSMA, stability
3. Ethernet technologies - 10BASE5, 10BASE2, 10BASE-T
4. Switched Ethernet, Fast Ethernet. Gigabit Ethernet
5. Deterministic access technologies: ARCNet, IEEE 802.4, 100VG-AnyLAN
6. Broadband and metropolitan networks: HFC and DQDB technologies
7. Ring technologies. Access Control, reconfiguration, Token Ring, FDDI
8. Synchronous connections PDH/SDH, ISDN, ATM
9. ATM technology, LAN emulation, virtual networks
10. Wireless networks: spread spectrum, FHSS, CDMA
11. Wireless technologies: IEEE 802.11(b,a,g), HiPerLAN, Bluetooth
12. LAN protocols: IEEE 802.2 LLC, NetBIOS, TCP/IP
13. Novell Netware architecture: protocols IPX, SPX
14. LAN management: network analyzers, SNMP, RMON

Seminar syllabus:

1. LAN, Ethernet
2. IPX/SPX protocols, interface for C and Pascal
3. Traffic analysis, LAN protocols (NCP, RIP, SAP)
4. Novell Netware architecture, NCP services
5. Practice
6. Ethernet networks: design rules
7. Practice
8. Network driver interface, TCP sockets
9. Practice
10. Ring networks, design rules
11. Practice
12. Virtual networks, ATM LAN emulation
13. Practice
14. Evaluation


[1] Tanenbaum W.: Computer Networks.
[2] Stallings W.: Local Area and Metropolitan Networks.