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Making The TCP/IP Connection Over Broadband Cable

Making The TCP/IP Connection Over Broadband Cable is a beginner -to- intermediate level course which focuses on developing the essential concepts and features of cable-based TCP/IP networking. This course offers a comprehensive, up-to-date treatment of the many facets of cable-based networking and the exciting new developments that are revolutionizing this industry.

Who Should Attend
This intensive short course is designed to be experienced by anyone who needs a comprehensive exposure to the compelling technical developments that have come to define modern cable systems. It will be valuable to anyone who needs to appreciate how the Internet Revolution is changing this traditional service.

It will be suitable to a broad range of technical people who are not yet fully comfortable with the various aspects of this subject, including:

  • technicians and other technical personnel who understand traditional cable technologies, but are unsure of how new technical developments will impact their roles.
  • managers and others who are interested in a thorough exposure to the technical issues that affect Internet services over cable networks
  • anyone who is excited about how emerging technical and market changes promise a new world of opportunity in the cable industry.

Course Material and Program Features
Where a live Internet connection is available in the classroom, this course program is presented with a series of IP applications used as demonstrations and/or workshop activities, as priorities permit.

Each student is provided with a comprehensive workbook which is much more than a set of lecture notes. In addition to being a workbook designed to track with the lecture portion of the program, its features give it real value as a permanent reference book.

These include:

  • All of our presentation materials are developed in the form of complete fully descriptive sentences, designed to be a highly readable, valuable reference on the job.
  • A text-book style Subject Index and a comprehensive Table of Contents, both designed to make sure the information in our manuals is easily accessible for future reference.
  • A thorough, highly useful subject-specific glossary providing detailed descriptive treatment of essential items of terminology.

Program Outline: Making The TCP/IP Connection Over Broadband Cable

(i) Introduction
Terminology Associated With The Internet Computing Architecture
Networked Computing; Open Systems and Client/Server
Review: Simplex and Full/Half Duplex and Synchronization Concepts
Analog and Digital Systems and Signals
Relationship Between Distance and Data Rate Over Baseband Channels
Relationship Between Bandwidth and Data Rate Over Broadband Channels

(ii) Data Communications Basics
Serial vs. Parallel Communication
Link Layer Protocols and Error Control
Analog Bandwidth and Modem Principles
Circuit vs. Packet Switching
Asymmetric Features of The Human Interface

(iii) Local Area Networks

LAN Concepts; The Shared Cable Model
Evolution to Hub-Based Configurations and LAN Switches
Building Wiring Methods
Wireless LAN Introduction
Connectivity Solutions; Bridges and Routers

(iv) Metropolitan Area Networks
Traditionally The Territory of the Cable and Telephone Companies
Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) Infrastructure
Metropolitan Fiber Systems Using Full Duplex Ethernet
New Players; Wireless MAN (802.16 WiMax) and Broadband Over Power (BPL)

(v) Cable Infrastructure
The Hybrid Fiber - Coax Architecture
Digital Modulation Techniques (QAM, QPSK, etc.)
Modem Constellation Patterns and Distortion Mechanisms
Spread Spectrum and CDMA Issues
Data Over Cable With The DOCSIS Model
An End-to-End View of the Customer Connection

(vi) Internet Architecture
Limitations of Connectionless Communication
Internet Protocol Introduction
IP Addressing and SubNetwork Addressing
Routing Concepts
Proxy and Cache Servers

(vii) Introduction to Voice Over IP Over Cable

Review Features of Telephone Networks
Encoding The Analog Voice Signal
A Difficult Marriage; Voice and Packet-Oriented Communication
Voice Over IP Services; SIP and PacketCable Configurations
Structural Challenges; Robustness, Quality of Service and Latency Issues

Glossary of Terminology
Suggestions For Further Reading

General Index


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