Course and lab overview

  • Course and lab intro


This is a list of exercises that can be used to assess the background required for this subject.

LAN Basics

  • Introduction to LAN
  • Ethernet
  • Repeaters and bridges
  • Ethernet evolution
  • Advanced features on Ethernet networks

Cabling and structured cabling

  • Introduction to cabling
  • NICs and cabling

Spanning tree

  • Spanning Tree
  • Rapid Spanning Tree

Additional LAN standards

  • QoS on LAN
  • Link Aggregation
  • IGMP Snooping
  • Link-Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP)

Beyond LANs and network design

  • Virtual LANs
  • Virtual LANs: Advanced Topics
  • Redundancy of the default gateway on LANs
  • Dissecting HSRP traffic (auto-learning)
  • LAN Design: mixing data-link and network layers

Data centers

  • Data centers topologies and architectures
  • InfiniBand and RDMA
  • Storage Area Networks
  • Introduction to networking in virtualized environments
  • Content Delivery Networks and Load Balancers


  • Piero Nicoletti, Datacenter design and cabling (to be scheduled)
    • Datacenter cabling (part 1)
    • Datacenter cabling (part 2)
    • TIA 568 (part 3)
  • Enrico Venuto, La struttura di rete e datacenter del Politecnico (to be scheduled)

Lab assignments

  • Preliminary information:
    • Introduction to Cisco Routers
    • Basic IP Routing Configuration on Cisco Routers
  • Introduction to the lab and GNS3
  • Lab 1: Filtering Database
  • Lab 2: Spanning Tree and Link Aggregation
  • Lab 3: VLAN Configuration
  • Lab 4: Fundamentals of Virtual Networking

Questions and exercises

  • Ethernet Standards
  • Data Link Traffic Forwarding
  • Spanning Tree
  • Virtual LANs
  • L2/L3 Network Design
  • Closed Answer Questions on Local Area Networks (with and without answers)