Objectives: We were separated into two groups of five, given the task to set up a Static Route Network, configure the RIP, then allow Bill (Instructor) to break our network, so we could troubleshoot and repair the RIP. Unfortunately, we were almost out of time when Bill “broke” our network at the end of class, so we were unable to fully restore our network to a functioning state. We did however get very close.
Equipment List: Computers, Routers, Switches, and Cat5 Cables
Notes and Observations: We first established our plan on how we wanted to physically set up our network. Once we determined that, I grabbed everything and worked with Ray to get it all hooked up correctly. For each computer, we had to set up IP addresses, Subnet Masks and Gateway addresses. Once we were finished setting the computers up, we had to check the routes and the connectivity of the routers, we then proceeded to configure the RIP onto our routers and finish setting up our network. We had some issues along the way, but after working out a couple of bugs with IP Addresses, we got our network functioning all the way across. For the final part of the Lab, Bill had each group step out of the room so he could “break” our networks in order to make us actively troubleshoot whatever issues we would come back in to find. Being smart, techy people like we are, the first thing we did was check cables. This almost angered the Bill, because he thought he was crafty. Just kidding, he actually gave us props for being smart enough to do that. The other thing we noticed he had tampered with was our Network configuration within the computer in multiple places. He changed our IP, and Gateway setup, and he also changed a few things in our RIP Setup. We were nearly finished working all the bugs out when we ran out of time.
References: The lab handout
Conclusions: We successfully set up a network physically and logically, then troubleshooted issues after our instructor “broke” it. All in all, this lab helped me understand a lot more about how routers do their job.