This course provides an introduction to the field of data communications and computer networks. The course covers the principles of data communications, the fundamentals of signaling, basic transmission concepts, transmission media, circuit control, line sharing techniques, physical and data link layer protocols, error detection and correction, data compression, common carrier services and data networks, and the mathematical techniques used for network design and performance analysis. Potential topics include analog and digital signaling; data encoding and modulation; Shannon channel capacity; synchronous and asynchronously transmission; RS232 physical layer interface standards; FDM, TDM, and STDM multiplexing techniques; inverse multiplexing; analog and digital transmission; V series modem standards; PCM encoding and T1 transmission circuits; LRC, VRC, and CRC error detection techniques; Hamming and Viterbi forward error correction techniques; BSC and HDLC data link layer protocols; Huffman, MNP5, and V.42bis data compression algorithms; circuit, message, packet, and cell switching techniques; public key and symmetric encryption algorithms, authentication, digital signature, and message digest techniques, secure e-mail, PGP, and TSL/SSL security algorithms; Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Optical, and IP networks; reliability and availability; and queuing analysis network performance techniques.

Course instructor: 
Boules, Nieporent, Smith

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