This 1-week course covers data communications principles, terminology, LAN standards and protocols, and network topologies. The OSI model will be used as a framework for discussion. Modern network hardware will be examined, including communication cable types, connectors, network interface, repeaters, and switches. Lower level standards as well as upper layer network protocols will be presented, with emphasis on Ethernet and TCP/IP. Industrial network standards and fieldbus protocols will be examined and compared, including requirements such as deterministic performance, redundancy, noise mitigation techniques, and fault recovery. Lab projects will include cable termination and testing, network hardware and software configuration, connectivity tests, capturing and analyzing network data frames, and troubleshooting.
Course Capacity: 12 students
Special Requirements: None