Canyon College began strictly as a liberal arts college, but for the past five years has been developing programs for business and professional students, including outreach programs to new areas within the same region. The college hired the company you work for, Network Design Consultants, to provide help with emerging WAN needs as they are developing these new programs.
Task 1: Providing WAN Services to Remote Cities
Canyon College plans to offer night classes for business school students, paralegal students, and nurses, in five remote cities. Their plan is to have professors offer the classes from the main site, and to use video conferencing and multimedia options at the remote sites. At the main site, they have a TCP/IP Ethernet network. The remote sites, which are not yet set up, will also have TCP/IP Ethernet networks. The Canyon College director of information technology is asking you to recommend two WAN options to connect the remote sites to the main campus, and to provide a rationale for the options you recommend.
Task 2: Teaching Classes from Home
The Canyon College president enjoys participating in several classes once a week as a guest lecturer or tutor, but she wants to do this from home, so she can spend more time with her family instead of driving back to the college, which is about two miles away. One of the requirements is that she needs to be able to use the telephone in her home office at the same time that she is connected to the main college network.
Task 3: Troubleshooting Connectivity
The Canyon College president calls you in a panic to report she cannot access the school’s Web server from her office on campus, but she wants to troubleshoot the problem herself. Is there is a quick way she can test the Web server’s connectivity?