Paper 1 - Networking
The USF IT video shows how the USF network works in a simplified but detailed description. The video shows diagrams that are simple and easy to understand with the narration and talk about how they are meant to be interpreted as the viewer. The video goes into a fair amount of detail about how the network works, the kind of cables that are used, the amount of network switches and routers there are involved, and the amount of individual nodes and wireless access points there are in USF that allow the seamless communication of information across the large network. The video shows what cables are used in University of South Florida’s large network. Most of the connections are made up of category 5E or category 6…show more content… This connection point allows all devices that are housed in a building to connect and communicate at an efficient rate. Therefore the employees and students who are able to connect to the network are more productive and but also do not have any cross-talking issues, loss of Internet speed or connectivity issues with other devices like printers and scanners within the network(Cisco).
There were many networking terms used in this video. There were five that stood out to me:
1. Distribution Layer: The Distribution layer ensures that packets are properly routed between subnets and VLANs in your enterprise. This layer is known as the Workgroup layer. This layer includes LAN-based routers and layer 3 switches (MCMCS).
2. Access Layer: The Access layer ensures that packets are delivered to end user computer. This layer is also known as the desktop layer since it focuses on connecting client nodes, such as workstations to the network. This layer involves hubs and switches (MCMCS).
3. Intermediate Distribution Frame (IDF): IDF is a free-standing or wall-mounted rack for managing and interconnecting the telecommunications cable between end user devices and a main distribution frame (MDF) (techtarget).
4. Switch: A switch is a device that channels incoming data from any of multiple input ports to the specific output port that will take the data toward its intended destination in a telecommunications network