Local Area Networks

Semestr: Summer

Range: 14+4c


Credits: 4

Programme type: Undefined

Study form: Parttime

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The course presents an overview of principles and technologies used in local area networks (LANs), starting from shared media (bus, ring) networks, their interconnection, and concluding with current switching technologies (virtual LANs, ATM). Attention is given to communication protocols for LANs and to network operating systems (client support, servers, gateways).


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/F
4. Bridges and routers. Switched Ethernet, duplex mode, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet
5. Deterministic access technologies: ARCNet, IEEE 802.4, 100VG-AnyLAN
6. Broadband and metropolitan networks: IEEE 802.14 HFC and DQDB technologies
7. Ring networks. Access Control, reconfiguration, IBM Token Ring, FDDI
8. ATM technology usage, LAN emulation
9. Virtual networks: IEEE 802.10 and IEEE 802.1q technologies
10. Wireless networks: access methods, spread spectrum technologies, FHSS, CDMA
11. Wireless networks: IEEE 802.11, HIPERLAN and Bluetooth technologies
12. LAN protocols: IEEE 802.2 LLC, NetBIOS, TCP/IP support (ARP, DHCP)
13. LAN extensions of operating systems, application services, access to TCP/IP services
14. LAN management: network analysers, SNMP, RMON

Seminar syllabus:

1. LAN networks, Ethernet technology
2. IPX/SPX protocols, interfaces for C and Pascal
3. Traffic analysis, LAN protocols (IP, IPX, NCP, RIP, SAP)
4. LAN protocol architectures (NetBIOS, Novell, TCP/IP), application interface
5. Individual work on the task 1
6. Ethernet networks: design rules
7. Individual work on the task 2
8. Network driver interface, TCP Winsocks
9. Individual work on the task 2
10. Ring networks, design rules
11. Individual work on the task 3, test
12. Virtual networks, ATM LAN emulation
13. Individual work on the task 3
14. Evaluation


1. Stallings W.: Local and Metropolitan Area Networks. Prentice-Hall 1997.
2. Miller M.A.: LAN Protocol Handbook. Prentice Hall 1990.