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Research Project - Design

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This assessment is a practical assessment and will enhance and test your practical skills related to
the subject topic. You are required to set up a simple network using minimum three PCs and
minimum two routers, or use simulation software to set up the same network.
To complete this assessment you are expected to refer to information beyond the text book. This
assignment is open; in that you are free to choose the devices or software you use to complete the
specified tasks. Students are expected to research the necessary commands by themselves.

There are numerous web sites available that discuss Linux networking. You are expected to list
your sources of information for the different tasks. When completing this 'project', you may
encounter errors or experience difficulties getting your setup to work. If this occurs, your
challenge is to analyse why they happen and report on how you solved the problems you

Additional information will be provided for technology options to use in creating this lab closer
to the assessment due date.

Part 1 - Setting up a Network

You are required to set up a network consisting of PCs, routers and servers. You need to
configure routing between routers (minimum two routers required). The routers will have
multiple network interfaces. The PC (client) will be connected to one of the router's interfaces
and other PCs (servers) will be connected to the second router's interface.
Client <--> Router <--> Router <--> Server(s)
Each side of the router will be in its own LAN (or WAN) segment and should have a different
network address, use private IP address ranges for each LAN Segment.

Perform the following activities and support your workings with screenshots [10 marks]:
1. Configure the PC, Server and Router interfaces with appropriate network addressing;
2. Configure routing (IP packet forwarding) on the routers;
3. On the client ping the client's own network interface, then the local router gateway interface,
then the remote router interface, then the server;
4. Use the traceroute command from the client to the server. Include results of the traceroute in
your submission.

Part II - Configuring Network Services

Perform the following activities [15 marks]:

1. DHCP: Configure DHCP on the server and show that the client PC has successfully received
an IP Address and other network parameters (default router, netmask, DNS) using DHCP;
2. WEB Server: Configure a WEB server on dedicated machine, with URL as www.YOUR
3. DNS: Configure a DNS Server on the server device and demonstrate that forward and reverse
DNS are working from the client PC; test DNS Server by browsing www.YOUR
NAME.csu.edu.au from client PC, DNS must resolve this URL to IP address of WEB Server
4. Firewall: Configure traffic filtering on the router to block network traffic between client PC
and WEB Servers, and then unblock traffic between them.

Before starting this task, you MUST show and discuss your proposed network topology with
your lecturer.

A series of screen shots with commentary on each of the required tasks is to be submitted. The
submission has to include an explanation of the tasks and all the commands used along with the
output (or final result) in report format.


This assessment item is designed to assess the understanding and use of some advanced topics in
TCP/IP and how it is used to establish a internet environment. This assessment is designed to
enhance analytical skills, planning and design capabilities of students under some predefined
requirements. In particular, the assessment covers the following learning objectives:

be able to analyse IP addressing requirements and design an addressing scheme;

be able to analyse the requirements of IP routing and choose appropriate routing methods;

be able to demonstrate how internetworking devices obtain their network configuration;

be able to explain how data flows through the internet; and

be able to ascertain and evaluate selection of applications and protocols for transferring
data across the internet;

Marking criteria

Marks will be awarded for

Correctness of the commands used

Correctness of the output (screen shots)

Clarity of explanation relative to the screen shots

Correct in-text referencing and reference list according to CSU standard

Question Criteria HD DI CR PS FL
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appropriate model with model with
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explanation supported by some
good quality
with proper high quality diagrams.
referencing diagrams.

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Comprehensi configured Network
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application of model with operation
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appropriate comprehensi not
(15 Marks) good brief model with
commands ve completely
description description some
description demonstrate
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Clarity of supported by d.
good quality some
explanation high quality
diagrams. diagrams.
with proper diagrams.

Marks will be deducted for NOT following the presentaion guidelines below as well
Presentatio as for poor presentation, spelling and/or grammar mistakes.
n& Marks will also be deducted for NOT providing / following the proper APA style
Referencin referencing. Referencing should be accurately documented using APA 6th edition
g and includes in text and bibliographic information.
(5 Marks
Deduction) (Note that the guide for APA referencing is provided in the Resource section of the
subject site)

The assessment must be submitted in a report format electronically and should include the
following components:

Cover Page - should include Assessment No, Assessment Title, Student Name & ID and
Student Email

Executive Summary - this section should contain a brief summary about the contents of
the report. This section should be a maximum of one A4 size page.

Main Body of the report - Use this section to answer all the questions in Part I and Part
II. Students must ensure that all tasks are identified clearly with headings.

References - must be in APA style both in-text and at the end of the assessment
document. This is also a part of the marking rubric

Please note: Assessment MUST be submitted as ONE word or pdf file on Turnitin. Please do not
submit *.zip or *.rar or multiple files