Explain which devices/‌groups/‌users/‌rooms will be on this subnet, define the network address, subnet mask, and available IP addresses to be used by computers or devices.

You have been hired as part of the networking team at UMUC. After completing orientation and training in your first week, your manager calls you into a meeting to discuss your first project.

The university has recently leased a building in Adelphi, Maryland. The building will house some offices, classrooms, a library, and computer labs. Security is very important for UMUC, as the university must protect students’ and employees’ data, as well as any intellectual property that UMUC has on its servers and computers. As a result, IT management would like to take the time to review some proposals on how best to move forward. As a network engineer, you have been asked to prepare a network proposal on how to set up a secure network infrastructure in this new building to support university operations.

After speaking to your manager, you are excited about the project, but you realize you will have a busy schedule. As you write your proposal, you will also have to prepare for the Network+ Certification exam. One of the conditions of your employment at this company is that you obtain this certification within 60 days of being hired. You will have to manage your time wisely, because you will have to take a practice certification test just as you are completing your final project.

In this learning demonstration, you will use the TestOut Network Pro (LabSim) to learn about the different types of networks and how to configure them. These activities will prepare you for the CompTIA Network+ Certification exam. In order to identify your strengths and weaknesses, you will first complete the Network+ Certification Practice exam. The practice exam is designed to assess your preparedness for the CompTIA Network+ certification exam. Then, during the course of the next eight weeks, as you step through each set of activities in LabSim, you will also be drafting sections of your design proposal.

Use the results of the certification practice exam you took at the beginning of the class to help guide you on which areas within LabSim you should pay closer attention to. You must complete all online labs in LabSim; these are the activities with the computer mouse icon. Some of the other areas in LabSim are optional. You can complete any or all of those if you feel you need to learn more about the topics at hand.

To get started, follow the steps below.




you will provide detailed network design proposal. Your task is to design the network for this new building with the following criteria:

  • Student-accessed computers should be on separate network from the staff-accessed computers. Computers for public use should be on a separate network.
  • There must be a minimum of 40 Mbps Internet connection, with a backup line capable of at least 20Mbps. Cable, DSL, or FIOS should not be used for primary Internet service.
  • The network should use physical cable, not wireless. But do provide wireless access in the Student Lobby area (second-floor hallway). Set the maximum simultaneous wireless users to 254.
  • The network has been assigned the network address for all computers and devices

Your proposal should have three major sections:

  1. Physical Network Design
  2. Network Addressing
  3. Network Services Design

To learn how you will be assessed on this assignment, please take a moment to review the rubric.  The final deliverable should adhere to the following criteria:

  • Include at least five scholarly references.
  • Use IEEE-style citation.
  • Use correct network terminology.
  • The use of diagrams is encouraged.

Use this template as a guide while creating your final deliverable.


Physical Network Design

In this section, address each of the following.

  1. Define the topology that will be used.
  2. Select the appropriate network media.
  3. Select the appropriate network connecting devices, including network security devices.
  4. Select the appropriate computer systems to use to support the network design.
  5. Determine a physical layout of the computers on the floor plan, along with the network wires (network wiring diagram).
  6. Provide justifications for each element of your network design (numbers 1–4 above)


Network Addressing

In this section, address each of the following.

  1. Define the subnets (based on rooms, floor, department, or other criteria).
  2. For each subnet, explain which devices/‌groups/‌users/‌rooms will be on this subnet, define the network address, subnet mask, and available IP addresses to be used by computers or devices.

Network Services Design

In this section, address each of the following.

  1. Identify network services needed.
  2. List additional servers or network devices needed to implement the network.
  3. List network security measures to be implemented.
  4. Justify the need for the network services, security measures, and devices you’ve selected.

6. Building Details

The 50-year-old, two-story building has the following layout:


Building dimensions: Length: 240 Feet, Width: 95 Feet, Height: 30 Feet

The building will house six computer labs that will be used for instruction. In the building diagrams above, the labs are labeled Classroom #1, Classroom #2, and Classroom #4 on the first floor and Classroom #1, Classroom #2, and Classroom #5 on the second floor; each computer lab will have a closet.  Each lab will have 32 computers: 30 student computers, 1 instructor computer, and 1 server in the closet for instructional use.

In addition, there will be a Student Computer Lab that will provide computer access to students to do their homework. There will be 50 computers in this lab and a server in the closet. To allow students access to library resources, the library will also have 10 computers for students and 5 computers for library staff.

Finally, there are various offices in the building. Each of these offices will have one computer for staff use, with the exception of the admissions office, which will have five computers. There will be two server rooms, one on the first floor and one on the second floor.


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