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    CHAPTER Planning a

    Network 5

    In this chapter, students will begin planning their own network by examining the hardware and software for the network.

    CHAPTER In this chapter, students

    DURATION

    will answer these 8-10 hours including

    hands-on exercises questions:

    ; Can we share files, printers, even an Internet

    connection using a network?

    ; What else can we do over a network?

    ; What kind of a network do I need?

    ; What hardware is necessary to create a network?

    ; Do I need special software?

Chapter Overview

    This chapter gives students the chance to begin planning their own network. They will examine the hardware and the software necessary to create the network.

    Student Prerequisites

    ; Complete Chapters 1 through 4 prior to beginning this chapter

    so students understand the overall concept of networks and the

    function they have in society.

    ; Review the basic networking concepts covered in chapter 1

    before continuing with chapters 5 and 6.

    Classroom Technology

    Resources

    ; Students must have computers with Internet access to complete

    the Web portions of the course.

    ; The instructor should make various components available for

    use in the classroom. These should be components that students

    cannot harm by handling them, including:

    o Router

    o Modem

    o Storage devices

    o Network interface cards

    o Hubs

    o Switches

    o Gateways

    Materials for Instructors ; A teacher machine with Internet access is suggested. If you

    have the ability to display your screen to students, it could be

    helpful as they work through the chapter. ; You will need the following handouts for the course:

    o Topology Comparison chart

    o Server Specifications worksheet

    o Network Planning Checklist

    ; You will need the following files for the course:

    o Sharing Files and Printers.doc

    Suggested Web Sites

    ; Networking Basics:

    http://www.lantronix.com/learning/tutorials/etntba.html

    ; HomeNetHelp:

    http://www.homenethelp.com/web/explain/about-hubs-and-

    switches.asp

    ; Topology: http://fcit.usf.edu/network/chap5/chap5.htm

    ; Wikipedia: Network Topology:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_topology

    ; Network Topologies:

    http://www.webopedia.com/quick_ref/topologies.asp

    Additional Materials and Resources

    For Students

    ; For definitions and any unfamiliar phrases, refer students to

    Webopedia at http://www.webopedia.com

    For Teachers

    ; ISP Backbone Maps:

    http://www.cybergeography.org/atlas/isp_maps.html

    ; ITToolbox: http://networking.ittoolbox.com

    ; Networking Hardware:

    http://fcit.usf.edu/network/chap3/chap3.htm

    ; Designing a Network Topology:

    http://staff.rit.tafensw.edu.au/mfinemore/NW%20Theory%20H

    TML%20pages/network_topology.htm

    Topic-by-Topic Overview

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    The below section follows the student textbook and offers additional comments and exercises you will find useful as you teach this course. What Kinds of Things Can

    I Share on a Network?

    Brainstorm things that students can do over a network. Discuss ways the network aids teachers and students in your school.

    Can we share files?

    Discuss the importance of file sharing in the working world. Emphasize that students should save a document to their own computer if it is something they need to customize for their own use.

    Can we share printers?

    Explain that some printers are designed as network printers. Emphasize that on a small home network, all the computers can share a single printer that is not necessarily intended as a network printer, but that it won't be as fast or efficient as a regular network printer.

    Exercise: Sharing Files and Printers

    IN-CLASS

    Complete this exercise after discussing sharing EXERCISE

    resources over the network. Before the class begins, 20 minutes place the file Sharing Files and Printers.doc on the

    teacher's computer and ensure that it is in a shared file

    so students can access it.

    1. Have students click Start, My Network Places.

    2. Explain where students can find the file you put online for

    them, then have them copy Sharing Files and

    Printers.doc to My Documents on their own computers,

    or to the default location designated by your school.

    3. Students should open Microsoft Word, click File, Open,

    the open the document they just saved to their My

    Documents (or other designated) folder.

    4. Have each student customize the document once by

    filling out the required information.

    5. Have students save the revised document as

    name> Sharing Files and Printers.doc.

    6. Instruct students to print the document using a shared

    printer in the classroom, or at some other designated

    location.

    7. Close Microsoft Word and any folders still open on the

    desktop.

    Can we share an Internet connection?

    Discuss the various ways that students can share an Internet connection over a network. Discuss the Internet service at the school. Have students discuss any home networks they might have and whether they have Internet service at home.

    Exercise: Examining Modems and Routers

    IN-CLASS

    Complete this exercise after discussing connecting to EXERCISE

    the Internet through the Network. 20 minutes

    Have various pieces of equipment on hand for students

    to examine. It is also helpful to have machines the

    students can open and see how internal modems plug in

    to the motherboard.

    Demonstrate how the router plugs into the back of the

    computer. Explain that students will study cables in

    detail in Chapter 6.

    Are there other things we can do over a

    network?

    Discuss the various options available over a network. You might discuss such new features as connecting a mobile phone or a handheld computer to a network.

    What Does it Take to Make

    a Network?

    Emphasize the importance of planning in setting up a network. Even small home networks require some planning so you know the correct type of equipment you will need and will have everything you need on hand before you start the actual installation.

    What kind of network do I need?

    Discuss the network for the classroom. Isolate the classroom as if it was an independent company without the rest of the school. Compare the needs of that setup to the actual classroom lab that is likely connected to the larger network for the school.

    Discuss the individual needs of the students in class. What type of network might they need at home? Have them begin to ask critical questions, such as what they use the computers for, how many people will use the computers, etc.

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Network architecture

    Indicate to students that you will only cover Ethernet architecture during the course. Token-ring, ARCNet, and AppleTalk are all viable architectures, but much less popular than Ethernet.

    Network topology

    Emphasize that the topology is the physical layout of the network. After discussing the various topologies, discuss the topology of the network in the classroom.

    You might want to explain that topology is the description of the location. The word topology comes from the Greek word topos, meaning

    place.

    Describe the difference between a local area network (LAN), in which the computers share resources within a small geographic area and a wide area network (WAN) in which the networks are separated by physical distance.

    Use the Topology Comparison handout to discuss the various topologies. Star Bus networks

    Use the analogy of a wheel and the spoke to explain the star bus topology.

    Emphasize that every computer is indirectly connected to every other computer through the central connection device. This topology works well when computers are scattered throughout an office.

    Remind students that a star bus network is a LAN.

    Bus networks

    Explain that in a bus network, every computer is directly connected to all of the other computers on the network.

    Emphasize that a bus network is simple, reliable, and easy to upgrade and expand.

    Remind students that a bus network is a LAN.

    Ring networks

    Emphasize that in a ring topology, the computers are all connected in a closed loop with no beginning and no end. Computers next to each other are directly connected, while others on the network are indirectly connected through the loop.

    Explain that a ring network is a LAN.

    While this is a good low cost network solution, it is not as reliable as a bus or star bus network.

    Hybrid mesh networks

    Emphasize that a hybrid mesh network combines at least two of the other types of topologies.

    Explain that mesh networks are reliable and work well when computers are not in a single line. The mesh networks are often quite expensive. Other considerations

    Discuss why other items are important. Emphasize that location is one of the key considerations when planning a network.

    What hardware do I need?

    Remind students that hardware includes the server, the computers, the connection devices, the printers, and any other extra equipment required for a specific network, such as laptops or handheld computers. Network servers

    Remind students that a network server is not required on a peer-to-peer network.

    Exercise: Server Specifications

    IN-CLASS

    Complete this exercise after discussing network servers. EXERCISE

    Remind students that these are sample specifications of 75-100 minutes real servers. You will need to hand out the Server

    Specifications worksheet to students before beginning

    the exercise.

    Note: If you have sample specification sheets from

    actual servers, you might want to share those with

    students.

    1. Hand out the sample specification (spec) sheets to

    students and have them exam the items.

    2. Explain the various items shown on the sheets to the

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