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CIS 2426 Connecting Networks

This course focuses on Wide Area Network (WAN) technologies and services required by converged applications in a complex network. Students will learn the selection criteria for devices and technologies to meet WAN requirements. Configuring devices and resolving issues with data link protocols will be emphasized.

Division: Business and Public Services
Department: Computer Science and Information Technology
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: Yes

Prereqs: CIS 2416 AND CIS 2421  CIS 2416 and CIS 2421 must be completed within the past two years. 


  • Demonstrate the capabilities of Policy and show how it can be implemented in a network using Policy Manager to effectively and efficiently manage Policy enabled enterprise networks to include the use of NetSight, traffic classification, Policy Manager, policy design, use QoS/CoS, scripting and dynamic policy.
  • Explain the concepts, processes and underlying protocols related to configuring VPNs. Explain the benefits associated with their use.
  • Configure, verify and troubleshoot IP services on a router. Configure NAT operations and troubleshoot related issues.
  • Explain network design concepts, principles, models and architectures and the benefits that are obtained by using a systematic approach.
  • Explain, describe and configure the three protocols that a network administrator can use to monitor the network (Syslog, SNMP and Netflow). Describe the different strengths and weaknesses of each protocol and understand what is happening on a network.
  • Describe the various technologies used for connecting to a WAN. Troubleshoot WAN implementation issues. Configure and verify various Layer 2 protocols (HDLC, PPP, Frame Relay and Broadband) on routers.

Credit Hours: 4

Classroom Hours: 4