1.5.4 Lab – My Local Network Answers

1.5.4 Lab – My Local Network Answers

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Objectives

  • Record all the different network attached devices in your home or classroom.
  • Investigate how each device connects to the network to send and receive information.
  • Create a diagram showing the topology of your network.
  • Label each device with its function within the network.

Background / Scenario

The path that a message takes from its source to destination can be as simple as a single cable connecting one computer to another or as complex as a network that literally spans the globe. The network infrastructure contains three categories of hardware components:

  • End devices
  • Intermediary network devices
  • Network media

Instructions

Take a close look at the network you have at home or school. Record the network and end-user devices that are connected on the local network.

Sample

Manufacturer Device Location Connection Media
Apple iPhone Mobile Wireless WiFi & cell phone
Samsung Galaxy Smart Phone Mobile Wireless WiFi & cell phone
Cisco Cable Modem Home office Wired Cable TV coaxial cable and Ethernet cable.
Linksys Wireless Router Home office Wired Ethernet cable.
HP Printer/Scanner Home office Wireless WiFi
Apple MacBook Air Mikayla’s Room Wireless WiFi
Beats by Dre Headphones My Room Wireless Bluetooth
Microsoft Xbox My Room Wired Ethernet Cable

Your Local Network

Manufacturer Device Location Connection Media
Motorola Cable Modem Home Office Wired Cable TV coaxial cable and Ethernet cable.
Netgear Wireless Router Home Office Wired Ethernet Cable
HP All-in-One Printer Home Office Wireless WiFi
Dremel 3D Printer Home Office Wired Ethernet Cable
Lenovo Laptop Home Office Wireless/Wired WiFi/Ethernet Cable
Apple Laptop Home Office Wireless/Wired WiFi/Ethernet Cable
Samsung Smart TV Great Room Wireless WiFi
Apple iPhone Mobile Wireless WiFi & cell phone

Continue the list on a separate page if necessary.

Reflection

1. Are there other electronic devices that are not connected to the local network to share information or resources? What would be the benefit of having these devices online?

Network Attached Storage can provide extra local or back up storage and allow users to share their files in a central location. Home Security cameras can be connected to the network so you can have access to the information remotely.

2. Which type of connectivity is used most frequently in your local network, wired or wireless?

If most of your devices are connected via Ethernet cables, then you would be using wired connection more frequently. However, if most of your devices are more mobile, such as tablets, smartphones, laptops, you probably use the wireless connection more often.

3. Draw a diagram of your local network. Label each device with a name and location.

 

 

 


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