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

9.3 Summary of Session 9

In this session you have seen some networking equipment in a live server room. You have also seen how real devices can be connected together in a lab to form a simple network and how the same network can be ‘built’ in the Packet Tracer simulator. You had a go at building the network yourself using PT Anywhere.

Finally, you heard three networking professionals talking about their jobs and what brought them into their current careers and you briefly investigated possible career paths as a network professional.

New terms

In this session you have met the following terms.

cabinet

The housing for network equipment.

cable run

The length of cable that connects together two distance network devices.

CCTV network

Closed circuit television: a system that transmits television signals within a limited network.

metadata

Data about data.

patch panel

A board with sockets for connecting devices together using cables.

serial cable

A type of cable use to transfer data between two devices.

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