Identify best-fit topology for a wide area network

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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Identify WAN needs

1.1. Identify the different local area network (LAN)/wireless local area network (WLAN) or virtual private network (VPN) segments of the proposed wide area network (WAN)

1.2. Determine segment needs using functional analysis

1.3. Estimate traffic content and volumes according to expected organisational usage, by examining telecommunications infrastructure

1.4. Develop an organisational WAN functional matrix

2. Create WAN specification

2.1. Determine resource requirements for each LAN/WLAN or VPN segment on the basis of functional analysis

2.2. Consider and report how features of the physical environment affect WAN design

2.3. Choose a WAN service appropriate to the amount and type of traffic expected to access the WAN

2.4. Include redundant links in the proposed WAN connectivity for link back-up purposes, in case the main link is disrupted

Qualifications and Skillsets

ICAA5145B appears in the following qualifications:

  • ICT60210 - Advanced Diploma of Telecommunications Network Engineering
  • ICT60110 - Advanced Diploma of Optical Networks
  • ICA50405 - Diploma of Information Technology (Networking)
  • ICA60208 - Advanced Diploma of Information Technology (Network Security)
  • ICA50105 - Diploma of Information Technology (General)