Application: Network Plan Assignment

You were selected to design a small peer-to-peer network for a new facility which has three offices, two conference rooms, a networked printer and a receptionist computer. Each desk space must have a wired network connection for a computer as well as wireless access for mobile devices. Using a software tool of your choice, create a basic diagram that depicts a star network topology. The focus here is on the network communications equipment so include only that equipment and end nodes on the network.

When you submit your plan, include a brief (1-2 paragraphs) description of your design in the assignment comments. State any assumptions you’ve made about the kind of work being done, the demands the people in the office will put on the network or how they’ll use it, and how that influenced your design. For example, if this is a small streaming video-based news service, they probably need more performance from the network and their ISP than a small rental property management office might. Why?


Specify internet connection via service provider

Include hardware devices that:

connect your LAN to the ISP

connect your network to other networks

enable end nodes to connect to the network

Include type of cable media (be specific)

Label all items (brand and model names are acceptable but not required).

Depict topology in the diagram.

All work must be original and not taken from Internet sources.

Save your diagram as an image (.jpg or .jpeg) and insert this image into your Word document with the network description.


Detail a security solution. Is this a hardware firewall, software, or both?

Useful diagramming software: (Links to an external site.) (select network from left menu, under More Shapes) (Links to an external site.) or similar tool (e.g. MS Word, Insert > Shapes)

Supplemental reading (not required):

Home Network Setup – Network Advisor (Links to an external site.)

How to Set Up a Home Network in 5 Simple Steps (Links to an external site.)

When developing your plan, if you refer to ideas on a website or other source be sure to use an in-text citation and list the source in APA format.

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