Details on each topic area are provided below to provide further understanding of expectations for the Network Research Project (NRP). You will select one topic area to conduct the NRP. At a minimum, you should address the details provided for each topic area. However, you are not limited by these additional details. You are encouraged to research and discuss additional aspects under any of these approved topic areas.
Compare and contrast the characteristics of network topologies, types and technologies.
Wired Topologies (logical vs physical, star, ring, mesh, and bus)
Wireless Topologies (mesh, ad hoc, other infrastructure)
Types (LAN, WLAN, MAN, WAN, CAN, SAN, and PAN)
Technologies that facilitate the Internet of Things (Z-Wave, Ant+ Bluetooth, NFC, IR, RFID, and 802.11)
Summarize cloud concepts and their purposes.
Types of services (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS)
Cloud delivery models (Private, Public, and Hybrid)
Security implications / considerations
Relationships between local and cloud resources
Explain devices, applications, protocols and services at their appropriate OSI layers.
Layer 1 (Physical)
Layer 2 (Data Link)
Layer 3 (Network)
Layer 4 (Transport)
Layer 5 (Session)
Layer 6 (Presentation)
Layer 7 (Application)
Explain the functions of network services.
DNS service (record types, internal vs external DNS, third-party/cloud hosted DNS, hierarchy, forward vs reverse zone)
DHCP service (MAC reservations, pools, IP exclusions, scope options, lease time, TTL, DHCP relay)
Simple Network Management Protocol
Explain the purposes of virtualization and network storage technologies.