1.2.3.3 Lab – Researching Converged Network Services Instructions

Lab – Researching Converged Network Services

Objectives

Part 1: Survey Your Understanding of Convergence
Part 2: Research ISPs Offering Converged Services
Part 3: Research Local ISPs Offering Converged Services
Part 4: Select Best Local ISP Converged Service
Part 5: Research Local Company or Public Institution Using Convergence Technologies

Background / Scenario

Convergence in the context of networking is a term used to describe the process of combining voice, video, and data communications over a common network infrastructure. Converged networks have existed for some time, but were only feasible in large enterprise organizations because of the network infrastructure requirements and complex management required to make them work seamlessly. Technology advances have made convergence readily available to large, medium, and small businesses, as well as for the home consumer.

In Part 1, you will describe your current understanding of convergence and any experience you have with it.

In Part 2, you will research which providers have this service, regardless of geographical location, using the predefined form included in the lab.

In Part 3, you will research which local ISPs in your area offer converged services for end-user consumers, using the predefined form included in the lab.

In Part 4, you will select the ISP you like best for home use and list the reasons why.

In Part 5, you will find a local company or public institution using convergence technologies in their business, using the predefined form included in the lab.

Required Resources

Device with Internet access

Part 1: Survey Your Understanding on Convergence

Step 1: Describe convergence as you understand it and give examples of its use in the home.

Write a definition of convergence and list some examples

Convergence is the combination of various media forms, like audio and video. A few examples I can think of are Skype, which is used for video conferencing, or Youtube, which is used for video viewing.

Part 2: Research ISPs Offering Converged Services

In Part 2, you research and find two or three ISPs who offer converged services for the home, regardless of
geographical location.

Step 1: Research various ISPs that offer converged services.

List some of the ISPs that you found in your search

Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, etc.

Step 2: Fill in the following form for the ISPs selected.

Part 3: Researching Local ISPs Offering Converged Services

In Part 3, you research and find two or three local ISPs who offer converged services for the home in your
geographic area.

Step 1: Research various ISPs that offer converged services.

List some of the ISPs that you found in your search.

RCN, NetBlazr

Step 2: Fill in the following form for the ISPs selected

Part 4: Select Best Local ISP Converged Service Offering

Select your top choice from the list of local ISPs that you selected and give reasons why you chose that
particular one

I would pick Comcast. I would pick them because I have personal experience with RCN (their internet speed is horrible) as well as Comcast (their internet speed is awesome). I like things to download quickly, so that’s a big thing for me.

Part 5: Research Local Company or Public Institution Using Convergence Technologies

In Part 5, you research and locate a company in your area that currently uses convergence technologies in
their business.

Step 1: Research and find a local company using convergence.

In the following table, list the company, industry, and convergence technologies used.

Some disadvantages of using convergence technologies are the high prices some ISPs charge, the hidden fees, and the fact that internet and cable is never 100% working, there are problems with it sometimes.

Reflection

1. What are some of the advantages of using convergence technologies?

Some advantages of using convergence technologies are that one can have fast download and upload speeds for their internet for a good price, or a company can provide conveniences and entertainment to its customers.

2. What are some of the disadvantages of using convergence technologies?

Some disadvantages of using convergence technologies are the high prices some ISPs charge, the hidden fees, and the fact that internet and cable is never 100% working, there are problems with it sometimes.


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