DEFINATION : A campus area network (CAN) is a computer network interconnecting a few local area networks (LANs) within a university campus or corporate campus. Campus area network may link a variety of campus buildings including departments, the university library and student halls of residence. A campus area network is larger than a local area network but smaller than a metropolitan area network (MAN) or wide area network (WAN). CAN can also stand for corporate area network. NEED : CAN (Campus Area Network) area is no doubt larger than a local area network but it is still smaller then a wide area network. These networks are designed for the particular place that hits the highest point level. For example, multiple labs, multiple offices in the buildings etc. most of the time, this term is referred as the university campus but when it is used at organizational level, we call it corporate campus network.

As we have discussed above it is smaller than a wide area network and multiple Local Area Network (LAN) combines in one organization or regions to make a Campus Area Network (CAN). Therefore, whenever some one tells you about the networks within the specific area, you can easily guess that it is campus network. REQUIREMENTS : NETWORKING EQUIPMENTS :
routers, Ethernet switches, and ATM switches

TRANSMISSION MEDIA : Optical fibers,

you can analyze the functional. DEVICES : NETWORKING EQUIPMENTS : Routers : Routers forward data packets across computer networks.The Enterprise Composite Network Model is a blueprint that network designers can use to simplify the complexity of a large internetwork. and ATM switches TRANSMISSION MEDIA : . higher-speed technologies-such as Fast Ethernet.DESIGN : SPECIFICATIONS : network designers generally deploy a campus design optimized for the fastest functional architecture that runs on the existing physical wire. and thus simplify the process of designing an overall enterprise network. hierarchical approach to network design. logical. and physical components of a network. For example. The blueprint lets you apply a modular. and ATM as a backbone architecture-and Layer 2 switching provide dedicated bandwidth to the desktop. With the Enterprise Composite Network Model. They might also upgrade wiring to meet the requirements of emerging applications. A Router checks the data packet for its destination address and protocol format details Ethernet switches : An Ethernet switch is a network switch that transmits data at Ethernet standard rates . Gigabit Ethernet.

broadcast control. Services offered by this module include network access. For example. . that connects buildings and different parts of the campus. file. Network management is an important component in a campus network design. called the campus backbone. This submodule provides routing. Building distribution submodule. Located within a campus building. each building distribution submodule should have two equal-cost paths to the campus backbone. It routes and switches traffic as quickly as possible from one module to another. centralized server farm connects to the backbone and provides internal server resources to users. A high-capacity. and access control methods for meeting security and performance requirements. A campus backbone must provide access to management devices that support monitoring. Campus backbone.Optical fibers. The job of this submodule is to aggregate wiring closets within a building and provide connectivity to the campus backbone via routers (or switches with routing modules). and an edge distribution module that provides connectivity between the campus and the rest of the internetwork. for example. and edge distribution modules. a campus consists of the campus infrastructure module. The campus backbone provides redundant and fast-converging connectivity. It shows these modules and illustrates that the campus infrastructure module has three submodules: Building access submodule. The backbone interconnects the building access and distribution submodules with the server farm. this submodule contains end-user workstations and IP phones connected to switches or wireless access points. protocol filtering. e-mail. logging. WORKING : Most campus networks feature a high-performance. print. network management. application. Higher-end switches provide uplinks to the building distribution module. The campus backbone is the core layer of the campus infrastructure. Redundancy and load sharing are recommended for this submodule. troubleshooting. This module usually uses high-speed routers (or switches with routing capability) and provides QoS and security features. QoS. security. According to the Enterprise Composite Network Model. switched backbone. a server farm. and other common management functions. and the marking of packets for QoS features. and Domain Name System (DNS) services. a network management module.


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