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

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Discovering computer networks: hands on in the Open Networking Lab

Summary of Week 6

Week 6 revised and then deepened your understanding of how data is transmitted, and the protocols and devices to make this happen.

You should now be able to:

  • explain the need for encapsulation of IP data
  • understand the relationship between the TCP/IP protocol suite and the Open Systems Interconnection model
  • configure and test a simple network using Packet Tracer Anywhere
  • appreciate the need for IPv6 addressing and identify some of its main characteristics
  • understand how ARP works to link network layer addresses with internet layer addresses
  • understand how routers make their routing decisions
  • understand how switches make their switching decisions.

Next week you will look at routing and switching in more detail, with the opportunity to practice this new knowledge setting up a network in Packet Tracer Anywhere.


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