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Selecting a Network Device

Updated on November 11, 2014

Select a Network Device

To meet the requirements, you will need to select a managed switch. The following are the essential differences between the networking devices offered in this scenario:

  • A switch creates a connection for computers in a local area network, and offers guaranteed bandwidth between the devices. Types of switches include:
    • Managed switches allow administrators to change the port configurations, including the following:
      • Port speed
      • Filters based on network adapter MAC addresses
    • Unmanaged switches are autonomous in their function, requiring no port management or configuration.
  • A router connects devices on two different networks, but many routers (such as the ones shown here) also include integrated Ethernet ports for the LAN. Selecting a router with an integrated hub or switch is not necessary for this scenario.

Complete the following steps:

  1. On the Shelf, expand the Networking Devices category.
  2. Read the device descriptions to identify the switch. Drag the Managed Switch to the Bench (preferably next to the existing hub).
  3. Switch to the back view of the managed switch and the hub.
  4. To plug in the switch, select the DC power connector on the hub and drag it to the power port on the switch.
  5. To connect the Home-PC, Home-PC2, and the cable modem to the switch, select an Ethernet cable on the hub, and drag it to an open Ethernet port on the switch. Repeat for each Ethernet connection on the hub.
  6. To confirm that Home-PC is properly connected to the SOHO network and Internet, click the Windows icon on the monitor on the left.
  7. Click the networking icon in the Task Bar and select Open Network and Sharing Center. The diagram should indicate an active connection to the home network and the Internet.
  8. To confirm the connection for Home-PC2, switch back to the bench and click the Windows icon on the monitor on the right.
  9. Repeat step 7.

Select a Router

  • Select the Ethernet router with Firewall capabilities. Your ISP provides a connection to the Internet up to the wall plate. You can protect a home computer by getting the router with the firewall built in.
  • Connect the Ethernet router to the Internet with a Cat5e Ethernet cable.
  • To connect the computers to the router's integrated Ethernet LAN ports, use the existing Cat5e Ethernet cables. Cat3 cable is not designed to support 100 Mbps Ethernet.

To complete this lab, follow these steps:

  1. On the Shelf, expand the Networking Devices category.
  2. Read the description for each device. Drag the Ethernet router with firewall to the Bench.
  3. Switch to the back view of the switch, the router, and the cable modem.
  4. To connect the Home-PC to the router, select the Ethernet cable on the switch port 3 (i.e., the third Ethernet port from the left), and drag it to an open Ethernet LAN port on the router. (LAN ports are the first four ports on the left of the router.)
  5. To connect the Home-PC2 to the router, repeat step 4 for the Ethernet cable connected to switch port 4.
  6. To connect the router to the Internet connection, select the remaining Ethernet cable on the switch (i.e., port 1), and drag it to the open Ethernet WAN port on the router. (The WAN port is the last port on the right of the router.)
  7. Select the Ethernet cable on the cable modem and drag it to one of the RJ45 ports on the wall plate.
  8. To plug in the router, select the DC power connector on the switch and drag it to the power port on the router.
  9. To confirm that Home-PC is properly connected to the SOHO network and Internet, click the Windows icon on the monitor on the left.
  10. Click the networking icon in the Task Bar and select Open Network and Sharing Center. The diagram should indicate an active connection to the home network and the Internet.
  11. Repeat steps 9 and 10 to confirm the connection for Home-PC2.

Reconnect to an Ethernet

Select the 100BaseTX network adapter and reconnect the Cat5e cable (you could also use Cat5 cable, but this cable is not available in this scenario). The 100BaseTX network adapter supports Fast Ethernet.

Complete the following steps:

  1. In Office 2, switch to the motherboard view of the computer (turning off the workstation as necessary)
  2. On the Shelf, expand the Network Adapters category.
  3. Identify the network adapter that supports Fast Ethernet 100BaseTX. Drag the network adapter from the Shelf to a free PCI slot on the computer.
  4. To connect the computer to the network, switch to the back view of the computer.
  5. Drag the Cat5 cable connector from the motherboard's NIC to the port of the 100BaseTX network adapter.
  6. To verify the connection to the local network and the Internet, switch to the front view of the computer.
  7. Click the power button on the computer case.
  8. After the workstation's operating system is loaded, click the networking icon in the Task Bar and select Open Network and Sharing Center. The diagram should indicate an active connection to the network and the Internet.

Note: You can also confirm the speed of the connection by clicking the Local Area Connection 2 link in the Network and Sharing Center.

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