Estimated Length: 4 seat hours
Wide area networks (WAN) comprise the data networks covering individual cities, to the entire globe. The data on these networks, naturally, includes video and voice. For technicians to perform well in this world, they need to be familiar with the various WAN technologies. As an introduction into WAN, this course teaches satellite network basics, as well as how the various WAN technologies work together to transport data; such as synchronous optical networks (SONET), Ethernet, and multiprotocol label switching (MPLS). Virtual private networks (VPN) functionality and security is also explored.
The estimated completion time for this course is four hours. The maximum allotted time is four months from enrollment.
- receive an industry-recognized NCTI certificate of graduation
- receive credit toward NCTI Telecom Specialist certification
Upon completing this course, students will be able to:
- Identify the advantages and disadvantages of the different WAN technologies
- Differentiate between the types of packet switched technologies
- Discuss synchronous optical network (SONET) and how it is used as a transport protocol
- Describe the characteristics of Ethernet protocol
- Explain how multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) relates to time-division multiplexing (TDM), asynchronous transfer mode(ATM), and Ethernet.
- Describe how virtual private network (VPN) function, and how the various VPN security methods work.
Wide Area Networks Technologies
Exploring wide area networks, reviewing communication satellite networks, examining synchronous optical networks (SONET), and examining Ethernet
Multiprotocol Label Switching
Exploring multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) and examining virtual private networks (VPN)