Campus Network Design (CND)


This 5-day workshop is targeted at engineers from tertiary instititions (campuses) and national or regional research and education networks (RENs). Engineers who participate in this workshop will learn about:
  • best practice techniques in the areas of core network and Linux/Unix system administration skills
  • campus network design at layers 2 (switching) and 3 (routing)
  • building proper instrumentation to monitor and manage the network
These skills will in turn drive an increase in network security and reliablility.

Target Audience

  • Network system administrators, engineers and technicians from campuses and RENs who are responsible for network maintenance, planning and design.


  • Medium to good knowledge of the UNIX/Linux command line environment
  • Basic knowledge of TCP/IP networking

    Workshop Topics

    • Network design goals
    • Research and Education Networks
    • Cable types - Copper cabling systems - Fiber Optic Systems
    • Hierarchical design building blocks
    • Build star networks
    • Separate core and edge functions
    • Routing Vs Switching
    • IP addressing


    At the end of the workshop students will be able to:
    • Explain the goals associated with fit-for-purpose network design and demonstrate this understanding through successful completion of lab exercises.
    • Explain the different models of a Research and Education Network and be able to share with the class the model used or proposed in their economy.
    • Explain physical cabling types, their differences and where they might be best deployed.
    • Explain and demonstrate how to build networks hierarchically using a star topology. Students will be able to present their current network topology and explain how this compares to the star-topology taught in class.
    • Produce a sample addressing plan and present it, plus the underlying design rationale in class.
    • Produce an IP Subnetting and VLAN design for their campus network.