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Description: This online, self-paced course provides essential knowledge for every media professional. Gives students the basic knowledge they need to navigate IP technology, covering the 4 foundation layers (Physical, Data Link, Network, Transport) that make up every data network used in media production today. By focusing on media applications, this course provides a unique perspective on how IP video and audio signals work in a real-time environment.

Course Outline

Module 1

Part A – IP Video Ecosystem

IP Network Overview

  • Why IP?

  • IP Network Functions

  • The IP Video Ecosystem


Part B – Protocol Stack and Layer 1

– Physical Layer

  • Open Systems Interconnect (OSI)

  • Attributes of Layers

Physical Layer

  • Physical Layer

  • Physical Layer Functions


Part C – Ethernet Physical Layer

Popular Ethernet Physical Layer Choices

  • High-Speed Ethernet Technologies

  • WiFi – 802.11



Module 2

Part A – Layer 2 – Data Link – Ethernet

Ethernet/Data Link Functions

  • Message Delineation

  • Medium Access Control

  • Ethernet Addressing

  • ARP – Address Resolution Protocol

  • Ethernet Frame Error Checking


Part B – Ethertype and VLANs

Ethertype Field

VLANs – Virtual LANs

  • VLAN Architecture

  • VLAN Port Types and Tagging

  • VLAN Trunk Architecture

  • VLAN Tag Construction

Part C – Spanning Tree Protocol

Spanning Tree Protocol

Spanning Tree Issues


Module 3

Part A – Layer 3 – Network - IP

IPv4 Addresses

  • Private Address Spaces

  • IP Addresses vs. MAC Addresses


Part B – IPv4 + IPv6 Headers

  • IPv4 Packet Header

  • IPv4 and IPv6


Part C – IP Subnets and DNS

IP Subnets

  • Example

  • Subnet Masking

  • Subnet Calculators

DNS – Domain Name Server


Part D – DHCP and NAT

DHCP – Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol

NAT – Network Address Translation


Module 4

Part A – Layer 4 – Transport Protocols

Three Transport Protocols for Video

  • Simplified Internet Protocol Model

  • Transport Protocols and Connections

Part B – TCP and UDP

TCP and UDP Ports

  • Common Ports

  • Port Binding and Sockets

UDP: User Datagram Protocol

  • Details, Examples

TCP: Transmission Control Protocol

  • Details, Examples

  •  Data Re-Sending

  • Speed Control: AIMD


Part C – RTP

RTP: Real Time Protocol

  • Packet Structure

  • Features

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