You have been hired as part of the networking team at UMUC.

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

The university has recently leased a single building in Adelphi, Maryland. The building will house faculty and administrative offices, classrooms, a library, and computer labs. Security is 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 proposals on how best to move forward on security issues. As a junior network engineer, you have been asked to prepare a network proposal on how to set up a secure network infrastructure in the newly leased building to support university operations. The network proposal will require three submissions covering network design, network addressing and security, and network customization and optimization.

After speaking to your manager, you are excited about the project, but you realize you will have a busy schedule. As you are writing your proposal, you will also have to prepare for the CompTIA Network+ Certification exam. One of the conditions of your employment at this university is that you obtain this certification within 60 days of being hired.

The network proposal represents a great opportunity to document your expertise. Additionally, it is also a great opportunity for you to form an integrated view of the different aspects of networking which are tested in the certification exam.

In this section, address each of the following.

Define the network topology that will be used and justify the decision.

Select the appropriate cables and connectors and justify the decision. Describe where wired connections will be used within or across the two new academic buildings and justify the decision. Students must use both wired and wireless technologies.

Student should be specific when discussing the models, types, and costs.

Select the appropriate networking and internetworking hardware for each building, and justify the decision.

Student should be specific when discussing the models, types, and costs.

Select the appropriate Wide Area Network (WAN) design and wireless configuration, and justify the decision. Students must use both wired and wireless technologies.

Student should be specific when discussing the models, types, and costs.

Consider that faculty, students, and guests can bring their own devices (BYOD) and use their computer in each of the buildings.

Student should be specific when discussing the models, types, and costs.

Select the appropriate computer systems hardware to use to support the faculty, students, and overall network design; and justify the decision(s).

Student should be specific when discussing the models, types, and costs.

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