Install and configure a single-segment local area network switch

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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Determine specifications for switch

1.1. Determine and document the topology of the LAN

1.2. Investigate and determine current and future network capacity according to current and future business requirements

1.3. Determine the number and type of switch required, with reference to current and future network requirements

1.4. Determine the requirements for network management and security, as prescribed by organisational policy

2. Select appropriate hardware

2.1. Select the switch and switch operating system software version with the appropriate features according to required specifications

2.2. Choose computers and consider what effect on traffic servers, routers and other network devices will have, when implemented according to network requirements

3. Install switch and supporting peripherals

3.1. Assemble and mount in rack for physical security and connect switch and peripherals, in accordance with manufacturer requirements

3.2. Connect switches

3.3. Connect user to access points using cable that meets the appropriate standard

3.4. Connect power to the switch, power it up and check operation

4. Configure switch

4.1. Establish a valid network connection with other network devices

4.2. Configure a network address for the switch

4.3. Install and/or configure simple network management protocol (SNMP) agent software, on each switch, to collect network traffic data for the management information base (MIB) from that segment of the network and relay it to the management console

4.4. Install and configure SNMP management console software on a computer designated to be the network manager's main console, to collect network traffic data from the switch acting as agents

4.5. Manually configure the user access ports of the switch for speed and for full- or half-duplex operation

5. Test and troubleshoot switch and network

5.1. Test the switch and other network devices in accordance with manufacturer requirements and organisational guidelines

5.2. Ensure that there is connectivity across the network

5.3. Test SNMP by unplugging some machines from the switch or powering down a switch and observe whether the SNMP management software reports these events

5.4. Make adjustments to the network, depending on test and troubleshooting results

Qualifications and Skillsets

ICAI5173B appears in the following qualifications:

  • ICA50405 - Diploma of Information Technology (Networking)
  • ICA50105 - Diploma of Information Technology (General)