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Computer Networking: Network Layer

In this free online course, learn about computer networking in the network layer of the TCP/IP protocol stack.

Network and Security
Free Course
In this free online course, learn about computer networking and specifically the network layer in the protocol stack. The necessity of network addressing is explained, along with the benefits of using software defined networks. How you can populate the routing table will also be convered. Boost your computer networking knowledge and skills, by studying this specialized course.
  • Duration

    5-6 Hours
  • Assessment

    Yes
  • Certification

    Yes
  • Responsive

    Yes
  • Publisher

    NPTEL

Description

Modules

Outcome

Certification

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Description

In this free online course, you are introduced to the world of computer networking particularly focusing on the network layer. You will explore the broad objective of the network layer, as well as the importance of subnetting and supernetting in this layer and the benefits of using software defined networks. Demonstrations, problems, examples, and assessment questions in this instructor-led video-based course, are designed to provide you with a comprehensive foundation, which will enable you to take serious steps into understanding this section of the protocol stack.

The course begins by introducing you to the objectives and shortcomings of the network layer in computer networking. Then, the concept of IP addressing in the network is discussed to help you understand the importance of identifying the address which is identifying a network as well as a host inside that network. You will explore the variable-length subnet mask which makes it possible to solve some IP allocation problems that cannot be solved with the fixed-length subnet mask.

The course includes topics on autonomous systems, LAN, CIDR, network address translation, IPv6 Addressing, IP routers, router architecture, SDN architecture, OpenFlow, and more. This course will be of interest to computer engineering students, networking and programming professionals, or those looking to enhance their career prospects in the computer networking industry. Start this course here today.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:


  • Discuss IP version 4 addressing, classful addressing and network address translation
  • Describe OpenFlow and the software-defined networking architecture
  • Explain the basic principles of internet architecture and peering between ISPs
  • Discuss autonomous systems, LANs and subnets
  • Describe IP version 4 addressing, classful addressing, and the CSE network address
  • Explain the working principles of NAT and IP masquerading
  • Discuss IPv6 addressing and the basic architectural components of a router
  • Describe buffered packet forwarding and packet processing

Certification

All Alison courses are free to enrol, study and complete. To successfully complete this Certificate course and become an Alison Graduate, you need to achieve 80% or higher in each course assessment. Once you have completed this Certificate course, you have the option to acquire an official Certificate, which is a great way to share your achievement with the world. Your Alison Certificate is:

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