Intro To WAN Technologies – it242 (3 credits)

This course covers Wide Area Networking concepts and its interface with metropolitan area networks (MAN) and local area networks (LAN). The course will cover telecommunication technologies, backbone technologies, hardware device protocol, hardware selection and usage, and basic WAN security considerations and planning.

This undergraduate-level course is 9 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Basic Networking

  • Describe the components that make up a wide area network (WAN).
  • Classify the main types of cables used in networking.

Voice and Data

  • Differentiate between data, voice, and video signals.
  • Define a private branch exchange (PBX).
  • Describe the main protocols used for Voice over IP (VoIP).

Network Technology

  • Discuss the differences between public and private networks.
  • Identify the purpose of subnetting and default gateways.

LAN Technology

  • Describe the main features of Ethernet and Token Ring.
  • Explain how a virtual local area network (VLAN) would be used in a corporate environment.

WAN Technology

  • Identify the function of a Channel Service Unit/Data Service Unit (CSU/DSU).
  • Determine appropriate situations for using integrated services digital network (ISDN) connection services.
  • Compare and contrast packet switching and circuit switching.

Cisco® Switches and Routers

  • Explain how to configure a Cisco switch.
  • Differentiate between static and dynamic routes.
  • Explain how to configure a Cisco router.

Network Security

  • Analyze network security risks.
  • Identify how different types of firewalls protect networks.
  • Compare and contrast private key and public key encryption.

Wireless Technology

  • Discuss the different types of wireless signals as they relate to a WAN.
  • Explain how to secure a wireless local area network (WLAN).

WAN Design

  • Design a WAN.

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