CNIT 106: Introduction to Networks

Fall 2013 Sam Bowne

Weds 6 - 9 pm SCIE 200 72811

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Catalog Description

An analysis of technologies for connecting computers and computer related devices into networks. This course covers the terminology and the major components of networks: architecture, topologies, hardware components, connections, protocols, network operations, network administration, support, and troubleshooting. Wide Area Networks (WANs) are also covered. Follows the objectives of the CompTIA Net+ certification exam.

ADVISORY (Recommended Prerequisites): CNIT 100 or 101. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe and explain the fundamental concepts relating to LANs (Local Area Networks), including how they work and why they are used.
  2. Identify and explain the basic physical network types, including topologies, transmission media and network boards.
  3. Describe the commonly use access controls on LANs.
  4. Describe the differences between the commonly used software packages for LAN servers.
  5. Use a common LAN.
  6. Explain how LANs are connected with other networks, including other LANs, mainframes and WANs.
  7. Explain the basic concepts of LAN selection, management, and security.


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Schedule (may be revised)

DateQuiz & ProjectsTopic
Wed 8-14  1: Introducing Computer Networks
Wed 8-21  2: Dissecting the OSI Model
Wed 8-28  3: Identifying Network Components (Part 1)
Fri 8-30 Last day to add
Wed 9-4Quiz: Ch 1 & 2
Proj 1, 2, and 3 due
3: Identifying Network Components (Part 2)
Wed 9-11Quiz: Ch 3
Proj 4 & 5 due
4: Understanding Ethernet
Wed 9-18Quiz: Ch 4
Proj 6 due
5: Working with IP Addresses
Wed 9-25Quiz: Ch 5
Proj 7 & 8 due
6: Routing Traffic
Binary Lesson 4: Classful IP Addressing
Wed 10-2Quiz: Ch 6
Proj 9 due
7: Introducing Wide-Area Networks
Binary Lesson 5: Usable Addresses
Wed 10-9Quiz: Ch 7
Proj 11 due
8: Connecting Wirelessly
Binary Lesson 6: Classful Subnetting: /24, /25, and /26
Wed 10-16Quiz: Ch 8
Proj 12 due
9: Optimizing Network Performance
Binary Lesson 7: Supernets: /22, /23, and /24
Tue 10-22 Last day to submit mid-term grades
Wed 10-23Quiz: Ch 9
Proj 13 & 14 due
10: Using Command-Line Utilities
Binary Lesson 8: IPv6 Addresses
Wed 10-30Guest Speaker: Tim Ryan, Technical Operations Manager for CCSF
Wed 11-6No Quiz
Proj 15 due
11: Managing a Network
Thu 11-7 Wardriving 6 PM MUB 180 (20 pts. extra credit)
Wed 11-13Quiz: Ch 10 & 11
Proj 16 & 17 due
12: Securing a Network (Part 1)
Thu 11-14 Last day to withdraw
Wed 11-20No Quiz
Proj 18 due
12: Securing a Network (Part 2)
Wed 11-27 Holiday - No Class
Wed 12-4Quiz: Ch 12 13: Troubleshooting Network Issues
Wed 12-11No Quiz
All Extra Credit Proj 19 due; Proj due
Last Class: Review
Wed 12-18  Final Exam


Binary Lessons & Games
1: Introducing Computer Networks (PPTX)
2: Dissecting the OSI Model (DOC) PPT
3: Identifying Network Components (PPTX)
4: Understanding Ethernet (PPTX)
5: Working with IP Addresses (PPTX)
6: Routing Traffic (PPTX)
7: Introducing Wide-Area Networks (PPTX)
8: Connecting Wirelessly (PPTX)
9: Optimizing Network Performance (PPTX)
10: Using Command-Line Utilities (PPTX)
11: Managing a Network (PPTX)
12: Securing a Network (PPTX)
13: Troubleshooting Network Issues (PPTX)
Review Questions (PPTX)
The lectures are in Word and PowerPoint formats.
If you do not have Word or PowerPoint you will need to install Open Office.

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Projects (under revision)

Project 1: Sniffing HTTP Traffic with Wireshark (10 pts.)
Project 2: Sniffing UDP and TCP Traffic with Wireshark (15 pts.)
Project 3: Using Wireshark to Analyze a Packet Capture File (15 pts.)     Packet Capture File
Project 4: Introduction to Packet Tracer (15 pts.)     PT-1 Activity File     Download Packet Tracer
Project 5: Packet Tracer: Broadcast and Collision Domains (15 pts.)     hub1.pkt     hub-switch1.pkt
Project 6: Packet Tracer: Configuring a WLAN (20 pts.)     Proj6.pka
Project 7: Using a Windows Virtual Machine (15 pts.)
Project 8: Addressing Exercises (20 pts.) (SKIP #5)     PDF
Project 9: IPv4 Address Conflict (15 pts.)
Project 10: TeamViewer (10 pts. EXTRA CREDIT)
Project 11: Freenet6 IPv6 Tunnel (15 pts.)
Project 12: Packet Tracer: Static Routes (15 pts.)     Proj12-static-routes.pka
Project 13: Making a Domain Name and Using Cloudflare (20 pts.)
Project 14: 14: Network Troubleshooting in Packet Tracer--Part 1 (15 pts.)
Project 15: 14: Network Troubleshooting in Packet Tracer--Part 2 (30 pts.)
Project 16: Detecting Promiscuous NICs with ARP (15 pts.)
Project 17: Host Discovery at Layers 2 and 3 (15 pts.)
Proj 18: SNMP (20 pts.)
Proj 19: Reading SSL Traffic with Wireshark (15 pts.)

Extra Credit Projects

Binary Games
Project 1x: Jumbo Frames (20 pts.)
Project 2x: IPv6 Address Conflict (15 pts.)
Project 3x: Network Troubleshooting in Packet Tracer--Part 3 (30 pts.)
Project 4x: Binary Under Pressure (Up to 30 pts.)
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Certification Preparation

Network+ study guides, practice exams, training resources, and forums
Certification Prep: Network+ study guides, practice exams, training resources, and forums
Recommended Practice Test and Book: Mike Meyers' CompTIA Network+ Certification Passport, 4th Edition (Exam N10-005) ($20)

Chapter Lectures

Ch 2a: Warriors of The Net
Ch 2b: Transmission Control Protocol - Wikipedia
Ch 2c: User Datagram Protocol - Wikipedia
Ch 2d: Popular port numbers flashcards

Packet Tracer

Packet Tracer 5.3.3 Review and free download | My Networking Labs
Packet Tracer 6.0.1 for mac <--It works!

New Unsorted Links

2016-05-17: Ars Technica TEST

2016-05-17: Ars Technica TEST2


Links from previous textbook (2011)

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Last Updated: 12-11-13 7:52 pm