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Discovering computer networks: hands on in the Open Networking Lab
Discovering computer networks: hands on in the Open Networking Lab

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Summary of Week 3

Week 3 introduced you to two key network protocols and their use to configure a home network.

You should now be able to:

  • understand how DHCP configures host devices automatically
  • understand how NAT operates and helps reduce demand for IP addresses
  • set up DHCP on a domestic gateway and configure host devices to obtain network configuration using DHCP
  • state the roles carried out by a home gateway
  • configure a home gateway from another device
  • set up services on a home gateway, including Wi-Fi and DHCP.

Next week you will look in more detail at data in the network – how addresses are represented and how individual packets of data can be seen.