This course provides a technical, introductory overview of networking and telecommunications for the engineering practitioner. Topics include voice, data, and video communication system fundamentals, including signaling, frequency concepts, transmission media, multiplexing, spread spectrum, signal encoding, error control, and basic terminology. The OSI and TCP/IP reference models are examined along with the basic concepts of protocols, service interfaces, encapsulation, and layering. The course also covers networking and telecommunication techniques, applications technology, and networking topologies and Internetworking architectures. Specific areas discussed include LAN system fundamentals, such as Ethernet and IEEE 802.11 wireless; and WAN system fundamentals, such as circuit-switching, packet-switching, IP routing, cellular, satellite, frame relay, label switching, and Asynchronously Transfer Mode.
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