DescriptionThe project will consist of a 10-page project


The project will consist of a 10-page project paper. The 10
pages include only the text, with everything else extra. You are expected to
run a spell checker against the paper. More than 12 pages is not expected. As a
matter of fact, it will not help you to include more.

Supporting diagrams or pictures are welcome, but they do not
need to be fancy.

The project will be a subset of a network design that still
requires you to think about media, hardware, and protocols for either home use
or to support a small office.

You will write the paper from the point of view of a network
designer, and you will try to solve one of these two problems.

Problem 1

I am sitting in front of my Intel PC, which is running a
Windows XP (or later) operating system, and I am using my InternetExplorer Web
browser to access an ISP of your choice. I am doing this at 56 kbs modem
speeds, but I want to join the broadband revolution.

You will hook myPC up to some broadband access method. You
will describe the overall design; describe specific vendor hardware that makes
up the design; describe the transmission media; and describe the protocols
within the design (note that this includes TCP/IP and HTTP).

The three approved solutions for this problem are cable TV,
DSL, or wireless. For DSL, you should describe the solution from my PC to the
DSLAM or the first ATM switch. For cable or wireless, you should describe
access from my PC to where they hook up to the ISP.

Problem 2

I want to set up an Ethernet LAN for my small office of 10
people. The parameters are similar to those of Problem 1, except you will be
connecting to a LAN.

For either problem, your design should include the link from
my PC or office workstation to the Internet Service Point (ISP) access point
within the vendor’s network.

You will have to research one of these solutions and then
write your paper. For the DSL solution, you should go to one of the DSLAM
vendors, such as Lucent; select a DSLAM; and then describe it.

For the cable, wireless, or LAN solutions, you will have to
describe how thenetwork components work in general. You will need to include
descriptions on the home or office components, as well as an overview of their

These terms will become clearer as the course advances.
Fine-tuning of the concept will take place when you submit your one-page
outline in week 4. The instructor is available for help and suggestions. You
are encouraged to interact with the other members of your class.

Project Grading

The project paper will be graded on the following elements:

• introduction

• overall
design or high-level description (20%)

• hardware

• transmission
media (10%)

• protocol
description (10%)

• lessons
learned (10%)

• grammar/syntax
and length (20%)

• references