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Ethernet LAN: Benefits and Components of a Structured Cabling System.

DUBLIN, Ireland -- Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of E-Learning Course: Ethernet Fundamentals to their offering.

"Ethernet Fundamentals" provides an introduction to the underlying concepts of Ethernet Local Area Networks (LAN) and the capabilities, components and structure of different types of Ethernet LAN. The benefits and components of a structured cabling system are also discussed.

Course aim: This course provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts that underpin the operation of Ethernet Local Area Networks and describes the benefits and components of a structured cabling system

Pre-requisites: Secondary (high) school education in Physics; In the UK appropriate pre-requisite qualifications are General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in Physics or BTEC National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) at level 2 in Electronics.

"Ethernet Fundamentals" forms part of the LanNet suite of courses.

Target audience:

LanNet is designed for:

* Those studying for a career in data communications and who require a detailed knowledge of Ethernet Local Area Networks.

* Technical staff involved in the installation or maintenance of Local Area Networks.

Topics covered:

* Principles of digital communications: Introduction to the terminology and underlying principles of digital communications

* definition of the concepts of binary encoding, bit rate, bandwidth and bit error rate

role of a Local Area Network (LAN).

Introduction to Ethernet: Basic functions and components of a Local Area Network (LAN)

* the importance of standards for communications

* introduction to the bodies responsible for formulating standards -history of the evolution of the Ethernet standards

* role of the IEEE working groups in formulating and revising Ethernet standards.

* Introduction to data protocols: Introduction to the concept of a protocol as applied to data communications

* -role of the different types of protocol in sending a message from one computer to another

* introduction to the OSI Reference Model (OSIRM)

* concepts of frames and packets

* introduction to the protocols used in Ethernet LANs, including LLC and MAC.

* The Ethernet protocols: Format of the Ethernet 802.3 frame and the role of the individual fields

* role of the LLC protocol

* role and operation of CSMA/CD in allowing devices to share the transmission medium

* description of alternative Ethernet frame formats including SNAP.

* Ethernet LANs: Description of the physical media, basic components, topology and --features of the various types of Ethernet LAN including 10BASE-5, 10BASE-2, -10BASE-T and 100BASE-T.

* Structured cabling: The concept of structured cabling and its advantages and disadvantages

* description of the structure and components of a structured cabling system

* overview of the various standards applicable to structured cabling

* description of the cabling categories and classes.

* Cable testing: The importance of testing

* choosing appropriate test equipment

* definition of links and channels

* description of appropriate test configurations

* overview of standards relevant to testing

* significance of the various test parameters

* description of the common causes of test failure.


"The advantage of the e-learning formula for the introduction training was that at the end of the e-learning courses all participants in the "advanced" module had the same level of knowledge. This was greatly appreciated by the participants"

- Gino Van de Sompel, training and development consultant at Belgacom

"As a communications service provider based "off shore" we have found that the e-learning courses provide high quality and excellent content training to our engineers without the need to arrange expensive flights out of the island

truly cost effective"

- Bill Barker, training and development manager, Jersey Telecom

"Three factors led us to select e-learning: the courses use European jargon and bit rates, they are obviously written by telecoms professionals with real world insight and the interactions are well thought out"

- Richard Downey, e-learning manager, eircom plc

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