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The Use Of Freeware Network Analyzers In A Networking Laboratory

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Computers in Education Poster Session

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7.1191.1 - 7.1191.8



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Lisa Anneberg

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Ece Yaprak

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THE USE OF FREEWARE NETWORK ANALYZERS IN A NETWORKING LABORATORY Ece Yaprak Division of Engineering Technology Wayne State University Detroit, Michigan 48202 313-577-8075

Lisa Anneberg Electrical and Computer Engineering Lawrence Technological University Southfield, Michigan 48075 248-204-2539


Most undergraduate networking classes are taught using either purchased hardware components or simulation programs. However, at Wayne State University (WSU) and Lawrence Technological University (LTU), free-ware networking programs are used to complement the laboratory material. This paper describes the application of new technologies into our networking curricula by implementing freeware-networking programs, each with a different purpose and capability. The use of these hands-on labs in addition to using more traditional laboratories gives our students an edge on the market. In addition, our lab assignments can evolve in time to meet the new technology requirements and capabilities with a minimum amount of preparation time and cost.


Current technological advances and significant developments in the computer networking industry are positively influencing our society. These developments have transformed our way of life in many ways. We have become much more technology dependent, for example, and have developed an appetite for global information. To prepare our students for this kind of environment, so that they can compete effectively, we need to keep up with the new technology in academe. Recognizing this need, we have incorporated freely available networking tools on the Internet to our undergraduate computer networking curricula in addition to using our traditional laboratory materials, when we teach in a laboratory environment today [1-4].

Traditionally, we have used simulation laboratories (using either OPNET by Mil3, or COMNET by Compuware) in addition to using off-the-shelf network equipment such as routers, bridges, and network cards. These laboratory settings gave our students an insight “Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright ? 2002, American Society for Engineering Education”

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Anneberg, L., & Yaprak, E. (2002, June), The Use Of Freeware Network Analyzers In A Networking Laboratory Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--11046

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