A Viable Option for New Network

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NETW206 Course Project

For this project, you will be working in a team to redesign a campus area network for an enterprise customer. You will be completing an assessment of the business goals, a design of a new network to meet these goals, developing a new IP addressing scheme, and documenting network topology with Visio. The complete project outline is found in this document.

At the beginning of class, the instructor will post the teams that will be made up of three or four individuals (numbers may vary in some cases) that will form the basis of working on the projects. There are several resources for working with teams outlined on the Course Project page in the course shell.  Your team will have discussion forums available each week and real-time chat/meeting forums available in the course shell.

A team contract will need to be completed and uploaded to your professor in Week 1. It will not be graded, but it has to be completed by each team member and uploaded into the Dropbox. The Peer Review will need to be uploaded to the Dropbox in Week 4 by each team member. The Week 4 Project Status report will need to be uploaded to the Dropbox in Week 4 by one team member. The final Course Project and peer reviews are due in Week 7. Each team member will upload to the Dropbox an end-of-project Peer Review in Week 7.


In this Course Project activity, you will demonstrate your ability to work as a team to design a network upgrade to a current network based on the scenario outlined below. Your team will document and justify your design, select and justify equipment selection, create an IP address table, and create a Visio network diagram.


You are a network engineer for a medium-sized enterprise business with a campus area network in place using EIGRP. The network consists of four buildings, each with LANs, which are connected individually to the company headquarters building. The main IT communications room is located in the headquarters building and includes most shared resources and the connection to the ISP through a dedicated ISP router. Currently, the company is using LAN technology to connect all the end systems within each building and WAN technology to connect the buildings to the headquarters site.

Your team has been asked to design a proposal for a new network. Your team has been asked to consider IPV6 for deployment now or in the future. Your team has identified the business goals of the project and is in the process of outlining the technical goals and constraints needed for the new network, designing the new network topology, and selecting the new equipment. Part of the technical goals will be to justify your IGP protocol decision (for example: stay with EIGRP or migrate to OSPF), select all of the new LAN and WAN equipment, create a bill of materials for your network, and create a Visio diagram of the CAN and each building. You will also devise a basic security proposal for your network. The current network does make use of VLANs, STP, and other network traffic options on the current LAN switches. Even with all of this in place, the company has experienced bottlenecks. Your team would like to try and use EtherChannel as an option for, at least, part of the network to see if it will lessen traffic congestion between your access and distribution layer switches. In addition, the documentation at the access layer is nonexistent and will have to be built. Your team will also need to create an IP addressing system.

Justify your decisions based on the scenario. If you feel you do not have enough information in the scenario to make a decision about a technical requirement, your team is free to decide on additional details relevant to the network. Include these decisions in your justification and document them for your final course deliverable.  
Answer questions such as: EIGRP or OSPF? EtherChannel? Wireless LAN access? IPv4 only? IPv6 inclusion now or in the future? Product selection? Design issue? What Information will be important to include in an RFP? What have you decided to do about wireless networking access in each building or LAN? Do you have any design or security concerns? Look at cost and cost per connection; look at possible challenges like interference, security, speed, what kind of cable or wireless connection to install for growth, how to plan for the future, and so on. Make sure to show your justification and the scope of what you have decided your new network will look like. Will your network addressing scheme continue to use IPv4? Or will you choose to use IPv6 in some form for this upgrade now or in the future? How does this affect your equipment selection?  Was there any security measure your team planned on implementing?
Document any references that you use in APA format in the deliverable document. The Cisco website is a good source of information. One Cisco discussion of campus networks can be found at: http://www.ciscopress.com/articles/article.asp?.
Verify that your new switches can perform Ether Channel, (You can visit the “System Requirements to Implement Ether Channel on Catalyst Switches” section of the Cisco website to help with this part of the project. This site allows you to gather more information to determine if EtherChannel is a good option for your new network.) Create a table that will outline at least the following information.

Required Resources

Visio software (this can be accessed via Citrix or downloaded from the student software store if necessary.)

Microsoft Word

Internet research


Step 1: Define the technical goals, constraints, and services required on the new network.

For the CAN Project deliverables, make sure you include this information as you define goals and constraints and list services required. Please outline in college-level paragraphs the final decisions and justifications, you made for the technical goals, constraints, and services required for the new network.


Try and peruse the IEEE Explore digital library and the Faulkner’s FACCTs databases from the DeVry library website as general references for technology and networking. The databases are available from the DeVry library site accessed via the student resources tab under Course Home.

Step 2: EtherChannel: Is this a viable option?

Number of ports allowed to bundled for an EtherChannel group

Maximum group bandwidth supported by bundling the ports

IOS version needed to support Ether Channel on the switch model

Load balancing availability

Load balancing configuration options

Network layers supported for EtherChannel operation


Please outline in college-level paragraphs any additional information you need to add regarding selection of EtherChannel.

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