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Networking laboratory I

Individual course

Learn how the Internet works through practical assignments on this course.

Course contents

  • Configuration of simple networking features on computers running the Linux operating system
  • Configuration of simple networks using Cisco networking devices (switches and routers)
  • IPv4 subnetworking, static routing, DHCP, DNS and NAT
  • Other application layer protocols (HTTP, FTP, SMTP, etc.)
  • Differences of TCP and UDP
  • Virtual Local Area Networks (VLAN) and Virtual Private Networks (VPN)
  • Network simulator GNS3
  • Usage of a protocol analyzer (Wireshark)

Learning outcomes

During this course, the student becomes familiar with the equipment of a typical wired local area network. After the course, student knows how to do simple Ethernet and IP configurations, can do basic performance measurements, and is able to utilize a protocol analyzer to explore and debug the operation of protocols used commonly in today’s Internet.

Course material and technology

This laboratory course is supported by the theory course Computer Networking I, which is arranged in parallel. The laboratory course can also be completed independently by using the materials of the theory course (available on the Moodle platform), but in that case the required amount of self-study might increase depending on the previous knowledge of the student. Links to additional sample materials are provided on the course Moodle page. Lecture and other recordings as well as other materials like lecture notes, example problems etc available on the course platform.

To complete the course remotely, students need to install freely available software: e.g. network simulator GNS3, protocol analyzer Wireshark and an OpenVPN client.


The course will primarily be based on flexible self-studying. It is also possible to complete the practical exercises in on-campus teaching at Tampere University Hervanta campus during the Fall and Spring periods. The course contains scheduled lectures and/or other learning events.

Completion methods

Complete four self-study assignments from a choice of five options. One assignment consists of a practical exercise, a multiple-choice quiz and applied questions.

More information in the Tampere University study guide.

You can get a digital badge after completing this course.

Responsible teacher

Tampere University
Jani Urama

Further information about the course and studying

Tampere University
Mikko Valkama, 5G coordinator

Contact person for applications

FITech Network University
Fanny Qvickström, Student services specialist
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ICT studies
5G technology,
Internet technology
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Tampere University
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General prerequisites:
Basic understanding of computer networks, theory course Computer Networking I or motivation to self-study
Course suitable for:
For all those who want to understand the basics of computer networks and Internet
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