Establish Networks


In your role as a Solutions Architect at M2M Solutions, you are leading a team of several system administrators. M2M solutions is a medium sized organisation and is currently expanding its operations.

The company has acquired six sites across Sydney to accommodate its various departments.You have been asked to design a network by utilizing private IP address. The network should span six buildings with a router in each building to join the networks. It is assumed that each building will have its own single subnet .Company expects approximately 1200 workstation across all the sites with approximate numbers in each building as follows:

  • Finance Office – 130 workstations
  • Transport Office – 135 workstations
  • Research Office – 280 workstations
  • Sales Office – 50 workstations
  • Information technology – 620 workstations
  • Head Office – 60 workstations

Task – Currently the company policy does not allow the use of network analysers on the organisational network. You have recently had a team meeting where all the staff are of the view that the use of network analysers can bring more efficiency in troubleshooting processes.

Another manager asked you the possibility of using protocol analyser. You need to explain the similarity or difference between network and protocol analyser to manager who is not IT savvy person.

Write an 800 words (+/- 10%) report for the board of directors proposing to allow the use of network analysers for diagnostic purposes in new proposed network architecture. Your report should include:

  1. Brief explanation of protocol in the context of communication networks and the role of network analysers. Explanation should include example of a situation where network analysers can be used in the context of Task 1.
  2. An analysis of currently available network analyser tools. The analysis should contain:
  1. Benefits, associated costs, ease of usability
  2. Recommendation from you, as to what tool would you prefer to use and why.